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


Teslarati

SpaceX's latest Starship test was uneventful and that's great ...

According to Elon Musk, SpaceX has successfully completed its latest Starship prototype test in a uniquely uneventful...

SpaceNews

Small launch companies don’t foresee price war

Small launch vehicle developers say they don’t see a “race to the bottom” for launch prices despite the large number ...

NASA Awards Construction Contract to Multiple Companies

SpaceNews

Satellite operators hint at fear of SpaceX, Blue Origin becomi...

Executives from SES and Eutelsat said they are watching as SpaceX deploys its own Starlink constellation of broadband...

SpaceNews

NOAA finalizes secondary payload for JPSS-2 launch

NOAA and NASA have finalized an agreement to fly a reentry technology demonstrator as the sole secondary payload on a...

ESA

Astronomers use slime mould to map the Universe's largest stru...

The behaviour of one of nature's humblest creatures and archival data from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope are he...


Atlas V 551
Success
1 week, 6 days ago
AEHF-6
Space Launch Complex 41 - Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

This is the sixth and final satellite in the Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) system, which is a series of communications satellites operat...


Long March 2
Success
2 weeks, 1 day ago
Yaogan-30-06
Launch Complex 3 ( LC-3 ) ( LA-1 ) - Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

The Yaogan 30-01-01 to 30-01-03 (Remote Sensing Satellite-30-01-01 to 30-01-03) satellites, were launched by CZ-2C rocket from China's Xichang spac...


Soyuz 2.1B
Success
2 weeks, 4 days ago
OneWeb 3
31/6 - Baikonur Cosmodrome, Republic of Kazakhstan

A batch of 34 satellites for the OneWeb satellite constellation, which is intended to provide global Interned broadband service for individual cons...


Falcon 9 Block 5
Success
3 weeks ago
Starlink 5
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.


Soyuz 2.1B
Success
3 weeks, 2 days ago
Glonass-M No. 60
43/4 (43R) - Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russian Federation

Glonass-M, also known as Uragan-M, are the second generation of Uragan satellite design used for GLONASS satellite navigation system. GLONASS is a ...


Long March 7A
Failure
3 weeks, 2 days ago
Maiden Flight
Wenchang - Wenchang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

This is the first flight of the Long March 7A which is a new configuration of the Long March 7 launch vehicle. The difference is that 7A variant in...


Long March 3
Success
1 month ago
Beidou-3 G2
Launch Complex 2 (LC-2) - Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

This satellite is a part of the geostationary component of the 3rd phase of the Chinese Beidou (Compass) satellite navigation system. It features a...


Falcon 9 Block 5
Success
1 month ago
SpX CRS-20
Space Launch Complex 40 - Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

SpaceX will launch the Dragon spacecraft on their 20th operational cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station. The flight is being c...


Soyuz 2.1A Fregat-M
Success
1 month, 2 weeks ago
Meridian-M No.19L
43/3 (43L) - Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russian Federation

Meridian is a series of communications satellite for military and civilian use.


Long March 2D
Success
1 month, 2 weeks ago
XJS-C, XJS-D, XJS-E, XJS-F
Launch Complex 3 ( LC-3 ) ( LA-1 ) - Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

These are four experimental satellites which will be used mainly to test some Earth observation technologies.


Ariane 5 ECA+
Success
1 month, 2 weeks ago
JCSAT-17 & GEO-KOMPSAT-2B
Ariane Launch Area 3 - Kourou, French Guiana

JCSAT-17 is a Japanese communication satellite of SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation. Its payloads incorporate S-band, C-band and Ku-band transponders, w...


Falcon 9 Block 5
Success
1 month, 3 weeks ago
Starlink 4
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.


Antares 230+
Success
1 month, 3 weeks ago
Cygnus CRS-2 NG-13 (S.S. Robert H. Lawrence.)
Launch Area 0 A - Wallops Island, Virginia, USA

This is the 14th planned flight of the Orbital ATK's uncrewed resupply spacecraft Cygnus and its 13th flight to the International Space Station und...


Atlas V 411
Success
1 month, 4 weeks ago
Solar Orbiter
Space Launch Complex 41 - Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

Solar Orbiter is a joint ESA/NASA mission dedicated to solar and heliospheric physics. It will be used to examine how the Sun creates and controls ...


Simorgh
Failure
1 month, 4 weeks ago
Zafar-1
Imam Khomeini Spaceport - Semnan Space Center, Islamic Republic of Iran

Zafar-1 is a small Earth observation satellite with reported ground resolution of 22.5 m. This is also a third attempt for Simorgh rocket to conduc...