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…


MOMO v1
Success
23 hours, 13 minutes ago
Flight 6
Taiki-cho, Hokkaido, Japan - Taiki-cho, Hokkaido, Japan

Despite the MOMO unit's number, this is the seventh flight of the sounding rocket. Company aims to reach space for the third time.


Ariane 5 ECA
Success
1 day, 10 hours ago
Star One D2 & Eutelsat Quantum
Ariane Launch Area 3 - Kourou, French Guiana

Star One D2 is a 6.2 tons satellite built by Space Systems Loral for operator Star One, subsidiary of Brazilian Embratel. Its architecture is based o…


Electron
Success
3 days, 1 hour ago
STP-27RM (It’s a Little Chile Up Here)
Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1A - Onenui Station, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand

A U.S. Air Force experimental spacecraft. It will demonstrate the use of a deployable sensor, where the sensor’s mass is a substantial fraction of th…


Long March 2D
Success
3 days, 3 hours ago
Tianhui-1-04
Launch Area 4 (SLS-2 / 603) - Jiuquan, People's Republic of China

TH 1 (Tianhui-1 = "Sky drawing") is a Chinese stereo-topographic mapping satellite operated by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). The satellites …


Proton-M
Success
1 week, 3 days ago
MLM Nauka
200/39 (200L) - Baikonur Cosmodrome, Republic of Kazakhstan

Nauka (which means "Science" in Russian), also known as Multipurpose Laboratory Module (MLM), is a new module of the russian segment of the ISS. It w…


New Shepard
Success
1 week, 4 days ago
NS-16
West Texas Suborbital Launch Site/ Corn Ranch - Corn Ranch, USA

First crewed flight of Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket.


Long March 2
Success
1 week, 6 days ago
Yaogan-30-10
Launch Complex 3 ( LC-3 ) ( LA-1 ) - Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

NOTE: Payload identity not confirmed. The Yaogan-30 is a series of military remote sensing satellites which are launched in triplets. The satellit…


SpaceShipTwo
Success
2 weeks, 6 days ago
VSS Unity 22
Spaceport America - Air launch to Suborbital flight

Powered flight of VSS Unity on the first fully crewed flight. Including the founder Sir Richard Branson.


Long March 6
Success
3 weeks, 1 day ago
Zhongzi Group 02 (Ningxia-1-02)
Launch Complex 16 - Taiyuan, People's Republic of China

The Ningxin-1 satellites (also called Zhongzi) are a series of Chinese commercial remote sensing satellite owned by Ningxia Jingui Information Techno…


Long March 3
Success
3 weeks, 4 days ago
Tianlian 1-05
Launch Complex 2 (LC-2) - Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

Tianlian 1, also known as Tian Lian 1, TL-1, and CTDRS-1 is a Chinese data tracking and relay communications satellite series. Based on the DFH-3 sat…


Long March 4C
Success
3 weeks, 6 days ago
Fengyun-3E
Unknown Pad - Taiyuan, People's Republic of China

The newer FY-3 series is an improved generation of polar-orbiting heliosynchronous weather satellites.


MOMO v1
Success
4 weeks ago
Flight 7
Taiki-cho, Hokkaido, Japan - Taiki-cho, Hokkaido, Japan

Sixth flight of Interstellar Technologies MOMO rocket. First flight using the MOMO v1 design bringing various improvements over MOMO v0. It reached …


Long March 2D
Success
4 weeks, 1 day ago
Jilin-1 Wideband-01B & High Resolution 03D
Launch Complex 9 - Taiyuan, People's Republic of China

Jilin-1 satellites are a series of Chinese commercial remote sensing satellite for high definition video within the Jilin-1 constellation designed an…


Soyuz 2.1b/Fregat-M
Success
1 month ago
OneWeb 8
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
1 month ago
Transporter 2 (Dedicated SSO Rideshare)
Space Launch Complex 40 - Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

Transporter 2 mission is a dedicated rideshare flight to a sun-synchronous orbit with dozens of small microsatellites and nanosatellites for commerci…