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


NASA

Brad Pitt to Speak with NASA Astronaut on Space Station about ...

As NASA prepares to send the first woman and next man to the Moon by 2024 under the Artemis program, Brad Pitt is pla...

Arstechnica

What it was like to fly the baddest airplane the world has eve...

“The X-15 was the most demanding airplane I’ve ever flown."

Teslarati

SpaceX ‘tops off’ its South Texas Starship prototype with one ...

On September 14th, South Texas SpaceX technicians lifted Starship Mk1’s third and final tank dome and began to attach...

Spaceflight Now

NASA, ESA officials seek formal approvals for Mars sample retu...

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NASA Spaceflight

Boeing reorganizing plans as it builds second NASA SLS Core St...

The engine section of the second NASA Space Launch System (SLS) Core Stage will look a lot like the first one, but pr...

NASA

NASA Opens Accreditation for Launch of Mission to Explore Iono...

NASA has opened media accreditation for the launch of its Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) mission, targeted to...


Pegasus XL
Success
2 days, 19 hours ago
Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON)
Cape Canaveral - Air launch to orbit

Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) is a NASA mission to study Earth's thermosphere and ionosphere and the connection between space weather and ...


Proton-M Briz-M
Success
4 days, 10 hours ago
Eutelsat 5 West B & MEV-1
200/39 (200L) - Baikonur Cosmodrome, Republic of Kazakhstan

Eutelsat 5 West B will replace the Ku-band capacity of Eutelsat 5 West A (formerly Stellat 5) satellite, a key digital infrastructure addressing pr...


Long March 4
Success
1 week, 2 days ago
Gaofen-10R
Launch Complex 9 - Taiyuan, People's Republic of China

Gaofen is a series of civilian Earth observation satellites developed and launched for the China High-definition Earth Observation System (CHEOS), ...


Soyuz 2.1B
Success
2 weeks, 3 days ago
EKS 3 (Tundra 3) (Kosmos 2541)
43/4 (43R) - Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russian Federation

The Tundra or EKS (meaning Unified Space System) series of satellites is the next generation of Russian early warning satellites.


Soyuz
Success
2 weeks, 4 days ago
Soyuz MS-15
1/5 - Baikonur Cosmodrome, Republic of Kazakhstan

Soyuz MS-15 begins expedition 61 by carrying NASA astronaut Jessica Meir, Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka and United Arab Emirates’ Hazzaa Ali ...


Long March 2D
Success
2 weeks, 4 days ago
Yunhai-1-02
Launch Area 4 (SLS-2 / 603) - Jiuquan, People's Republic of China

The Yunhai-1 satellite is designed for detecting environmental elements in the atmosphere and ocean, the space environment, disaster prevention and...


H-IIB
Success
2 weeks, 5 days ago
Kounotori 8 (HTV-8)
Osaki Y LP2 - Tanegashima, Japan

Uncrewed cargo resupply mission to International Space Station.


Long March 3B / YZ-1
Success
2 weeks, 6 days ago
Beidou-3 M23 & M24
Launch Complex 2 (LC-2) - Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

These two satellites will be used to provide global navigation coverage as part of the Chinese Beidou (Compass) satellite navigation system.


Long March 11
Success
3 weeks, 3 days ago
Long March 11
Jiuquan, People's Republic of China

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

Kuaizhou
Success
1 month, 1 week ago
KX-09 & TY-1-07 (Xiaoxiang-1-07)
Unknown Pad - Jiuquan, People's Republic of China

Developed by the DFH Satellite Co., the microgravity experimental satellite KX-09 (supposedly Kuxue-09) will conduct studies in microgravity. Estab...


Rokot / Briz-KM
Success
1 month, 2 weeks ago
Geo-IK-2 N13L (Kosmos 2540)
133/3 (133L) - Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russian Federation

Geo-IK-2 is a Russian geodesy mission to deliver precise three-dimensional maps of the Earth’s surface and gravitational data for use in scientific...


Delta IV M+(4,2)
Success
1 month, 3 weeks ago
GPS III SV02 "Magellan"
Space Launch Complex 37B - Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

GPS-IIIA (Global Positioning System) is the first evolution stage of the third generation of the GPS satellites. It consists of the first ten (know...


Soyuz 2.1A
Success
1 month, 3 weeks ago
Soyuz MS-14 Uncrewed
31/6 - Baikonur Cosmodrome, Republic of Kazakhstan

Uncrewed Soyuz MS spacecraft to bring cargo to the space station. This demo flight tests a modified motion and navigation control system, as well a...


Electron
Success
1 month, 3 weeks ago
Look Ma, No Hands
Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 - Onenui Station, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand

Mission carries a satellite for the future UNSEENLABS maritime tracking constellation, a BlackSky Global-4 Earth observation satellite, and two exp...