Spaceflight Vehicles

Meet the vehicles - current and historic - that take us to orbit and keep us there.


Booster Reuse

Tracking Reusable Rocket Boosters

We track each and every flight of all reusable boosters, from SpaceX to Blue Origin - and anyone else who decides to join the reusable rocket movement. Each and every flight of every reusable booster is meticulously tracked to ensure the history of reuse is available for all.

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Space Stations

History and Future of Space Stations

The first space station was Salyut 1, which was launched by the Soviet Union on April 19, 1971. Since then the technology we use and experiments we conduct in orbit has improved greatly. The Space Stations of the future may span the Solar System enabling us to reach further then our ancestors could imagine.

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Spacecraft

To the Moon and Back

While its true that simply getting to orbit is difficult - it is far more difficult to keep crew safe in space. Since the Moon race we've designed, built and flown many times of crewed Spacecraft from small pods to large space planes the reaches of human creativity and ingenuity knows no bounds.

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Launch Vehicles

How We Get To Orbit

Learn all about the vehicles that take us to orbit - from our humble beginnings as a space faring civilization to the modern era of cost effective reusability.

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Spaceflight News


Spaceflight Now

Video: Rocketcams show Mars-bound rover’s ride into space

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Spaceflight Now

Video: Rocketcams show Mars-bound rover’s ride into space

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NASA

NASA's MAVEN Observes Martian Night Sky Pulsing in Ultraviolet L…

Vast areas of the Martian night sky pulse in ultraviolet light, according to images from NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft. The r…

NASA

6 Things to Know About NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter

The first helicopter attempting to fly on another planet is a marvel of engineering. Get up to speed with these key fac…

Teslarati

NASA set for upcoming Mars mission to seek signs of ancient life…

Just three weeks ahead of liftoff, NASA and launch provider United Launch Alliance (ULA) announced that NASA’s Mars 202…

NASA Spaceflight

Maxar making progress with Power and Propulsion Element for Gate…

Last year, NASA awarded Maxar Technologies the contract for the Power and Propulsion Element, the very first Lunar Gate…


Falcon 9 Block 5
Success
21 hours, 38 minutes ago
Starlink 27
Space Launch Complex 40 - Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

A batch of 60 satellites for Starlink mega-constellation - SpaceX's project for space-based Internet communication system.


Long March 2
Success
3 days, 10 hours ago
Yaogan-30-08
Launch Complex 3 ( LC-3 ) ( LA-1 ) - Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

The Yaogan-30 is a series of military remote sensing satellites which are launched in triplets. The satellites are spaced by 120° in their orbit.


Starship Prototype
Success
4 days, 5 hours ago
10 km Flight
Launch Pad A - SpaceX Space Launch Facility, TX, USA

The SN15 Starship prototype will perform a test flight similar to SN8 to SN11. It will launch up to an altitude of 10 km or 33,000 ft and do a belly …


Falcon 9 Block 5
Success
5 days, 9 hours ago
Starlink 25
Launch Complex 39A - Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

A batch of 60 satellites for Starlink mega-constellation - SpaceX's project for space-based Internet communication system.


Long March 4C
Success
1 week, 2 days ago
Yaogan 34
Launch Area 4 (SLS-2 / 603) - Jiuquan, People's Republic of China

Officially described as an optical remote-sensing satellite built by SAST.


Falcon 9 Block 5
Success
1 week, 4 days ago
Starlink 24
Space Launch Complex 40 - Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

A batch of 60 satellites for Starlink mega-constellation - SpaceX's project for space-based Internet communication system.


Long March 5B
Success
1 week, 4 days ago
Tianhe
Wenchang - Wenchang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

Tianhe (which translates as "Heavenly Harmony") is the core module and backbone of the Chinese space station, designed to provide the main living qua…


Vega
Success
1 week, 4 days ago
Pléiades Neo 3
Ariane Launch Area 1 - Kourou, French Guiana

Pléiades Neo is a constellation of four optical high-resolution Earth observation satellites built and operated by Airbus. It is a dual purpose const…


Long March 6
Success
1 week, 6 days ago
Long March 6
Taiyuan, People's Republic of China

Delta IV Heavy
Success
1 week, 6 days ago
NROL-82
Space Launch Complex 6 - Vandenberg AFB, CA, USA

Classified payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office.


Soyuz 2.1b/Fregat-M
Success
2 weeks ago
OneWeb 6
Cosmodrome Site 1S - Vostochny Cosmodrome, Siberia, Russian Federation

A batch of 36 satellites for the OneWeb satellite constellation, which is intended to provide global Internet broadband service for individual consum…


Falcon 9 Block 5
Success
2 weeks, 2 days ago
SpX USCV-2 (NASA Crew Flight 2)
Launch Complex 39A - Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

SpaceX Crew-2 will be the second crewed operational flight of a Crew Dragon spacecraft, and the third overall crewed orbital flight. It will use the …


New Shepard
Success
3 weeks, 4 days ago
NS-15
West Texas Suborbital Launch Site/ Corn Ranch - Corn Ranch, USA

Fifteenth flight of Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket. During the mission, astronaut operational exercises will be conducted in preparation for hum…


Soyuz 2.1a
Success
1 month ago
Soyuz MS-18
31/6 - Baikonur Cosmodrome, Republic of Kazakhstan

Soyuz MS-18 begins expedition 65 by carrying Roscosmos cosmonauts Oleg Novitsky, Pyotr Dubrov and NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei to the International …


Long March 4B
Success
1 month ago
Long March 4B
Taiyuan, People's Republic of China