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

NASA Astronaut Andrew Morgan, Crewmates Arrive at Space Station on ...

Fifty years to the day that astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped on the Moon in a giant leap for humanit...

SpaceFlight Insider

From Lunar to LEO, MS-13 trio blasts off toward ISS

From Lunar to LEO, MS-13 trio blasts off toward ISS Fifty years is a long time. In the past half-century NASA has go...

Spaceflight Now

Soyuz crew docks with space station; Pence reaffirms commitment to ...

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SpaceFlight Insider

VP Pence reinforces lunar convictions at Apollo 11 celebration

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — Vice President Mike Pence paid a visit to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Frid...

Arstechnica

India has launched an ambitious mission to the Moon

"Today is a historical day for space and science and technology in India."

NASA

Eagle Scouts to Speak with NASA Astronaut Aboard Space Station

Fifty years after NASA astronaut and Eagle Scout Neil Armstrong sent greetings from space to the 1969 Scout Jamboree,...

Recent Launches
Electron
9 hours, 20 minutes
Look Ma, No Hands - Success

Mission carries a satellite for the future UNSEENLABS maritime tracking constellation, a BlackSky Global-4 Earth observation satellite, and two experimental satellites for United States Air Force S...

Long March 3
9 hours, 29 minutes
Zhongxing-18 (Chinasat-18) - In Flight

Zhongxing-18 (Chinasat-18) is a Chinese communications satellite based upon a DFH-4E bus. The Chinasat-18 provides Ku commercial communications services with 30 Ku-band transponders, Ka broadband ...

Smart Dragon 1
2 days, 17 hours
Maiden Flight - Success

First launch of the new solid-fueled rocket by Chinarocket Co., Ltd., which is a commercial subsidiary of CASC. On this launch Smart Dragon 1 will also carry payloads for four private companies.

Atlas V 551
1 week, 4 days
AEHF-5 - Success

This is the fifth satellite in the Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) system, which is a series of communications satellites operated by the United States Air Force Space Command. It provides...

Falcon 9 Block 5
1 week, 5 days
Amos-17 - Success

Amos-17 is a multi-band high-throughput satellite which will operate from 17°E, offering Ka-band, Ku-band, and C-Band services to users in Africa, the Middle East and Europe.

Ariane 5 ECA
1 week, 6 days
EDRS-C & HYLAS 3 - Success

EDRS-C is one of the two EDRS (European Data Relay System) satellites. EDRS is the European constellation of two geostationary data relay satellites that will relay information and data between sat...

Proton-M Briz-M
1 week, 6 days
Blagovest №14L (Kosmos 2539) - Success

The fourth and final of four Blagovest communication satellites. It is a high throughput communications satellite used for high speed internet services, TV, radio broadcasting and voice/video netwo...

Soyuz 2.1A
2 weeks, 5 days
Progress MS-12 (73P) - Success

The Progress resupply vehicle is an automated, unpiloted version of the Soyuz spacecraft that is used to bring supplies and fuel to the International Space Station.

Soyuz 2.1A
2 weeks, 6 days
Meridian-M №18 - Success

The Meridian series of communications satellites is reported to be the replacement for all the Molniya-1T, the Molniya-3 and Molniya-3K satellite series and possibly also for the communication comp...

MOMO
3 weeks, 2 days
Flight 4 - Failure

The Momo-4 rocket will carry a research device developed by Kochi University of Technology and release a paper plane in space as part of an experiment proposed by Castem Co., a precision parts manu...

Long March 2
3 weeks, 3 days
Yaogan-30-05 - Success

Yaogan is a series of Chinese reconnaissance satellites.

Falcon 9 Block 5
3 weeks, 3 days
SpX CRS-18 - Success

SpaceX will launch the Dragon spacecraft on their 18th operational cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station. The flight is being conducted under the Commercial Resupply Services co...

Hyperbola-1
3 weeks, 4 days
Maiden Flight - Success

This is the first flight of a small solid fuel rocket designed by iSpace, also known as Beijing Interstellar Glory Space Technology Ltd. It will carry several payloads for commercial customers to LEO.

GSLV Mk III
4 weeks
Chandrayaan-2 - Success

Chandrayaan-2 is India's second mission to the Moon. It consists of an orbiter, lander and rover. After reaching the 100 km lunar orbit, the lander housing the rover will separate from the orbiter....

Soyuz
1 month
Soyuz MS-13 - Success

Soyuz MS-13 begins expedition 60 by carrying NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan, Luca Parmitano of ESA (European Space Agency) and Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos launch to the ...