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 fires up redesigned Crew Dragon as NASA reveals SuperDr...

On November 13th, SpaceX revealed that a planned static fire test of a Crew Dragon’s powerful abort thrusters was com...

Spaceflight Now

Complex spacewalk repair work begins Friday

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Spaceflight Now

Starlink ‘train’ traces path across twilight skies

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Arstechnica

NASA report finds Boeing seat prices are 60% higher than SpaceX

"Boeing has made significant investments in the commercial crew program."

Teslarati

SpaceX’s next Falcon 9 satellite launch a step closer as space...

SpaceX’s next commercial Falcon 9 mission is a step closer to the launch pad after a Boeing-built satellite departed ...

Teslarati

NASA snubbed SpaceX, common sense to overpay Boeing for astron...

A detailed government audit has revealed that NASA went out of its way to overpay Boeing for its Commercial Crew Prog...


New Shepard
Success
2 days, 5 hours ago
NS-12
West Texas Suborbital Launch Site/ Corn Ranch - Corn Ranch, USA

The 12th flight of New Shepard will contain commercial payloads and postcards from the nonprofit organisation 'Club for the Future'.


PSLV-QL
Success
2 days, 13 hours ago
RISAT-2BR1 & others
Satish Dhawan Space Centre First Launch Pad - Sriharikota, Republic of India

Satellite imaging mission of ISRO using an active SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) imager to provide continuity of service for RISAT-2. Mission also ...


Soyuz 2.1B
Success
2 days, 14 hours ago
Glonass-M No. 59 (Kosmos 2544)
43/3 (43L) - 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 ...


Kuaizhou
Success
6 days, 14 hours ago
Kuaizhou
Taiyuan, People's Republic of China

Kuaizhou
Success
6 days, 20 hours ago
Jilin-1-02B
Unknown Pad - Taiyuan, People's Republic of China

Jilin-1 is a series of Chinese commercial remote sensing satellites.


Soyuz 2.1A
Success
1 week ago
Progress MS-13 (74P)
31/6 - Baikonur Cosmodrome, Republic of Kazakhstan

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


Electron
Success
1 week ago
Running Out Of Fingers
Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 - Onenui Station, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand

This is the Rocket Lab's 10th flight. It carries several small satellites for international commercial customers. This is also the first flight to ...


Falcon 9 Block 5
Success
1 week, 1 day ago
SpX CRS-19
Space Launch Complex 40 - Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

SpaceX will launch the Dragon spacecraft on their 19th operational cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station. The flight is being c...


Long March 4
Success
2 weeks, 1 day ago
Gaofen-12
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), ...


PSLV-XL
Success
2 weeks, 2 days ago
Cartosat-3 & others
Satish Dhawan Space Centre Second Launch Pad - Sriharikota, Republic of India

Cartosat-3 is an advanced remote sensing satellite with high resolution imaging capability developed by ISRO. It's designed as a follow-on to the C...


Ariane 5 ECA
Success
2 weeks, 3 days ago
TIBA-1 & Inmarsat-5 F5 (Global Xpress-5)
Ariane Launch Area 3 - Kourou, French Guiana

TIBA-1 is a geostationary communications satellite for the Government of Egypt developed jointly by Thales Alenia Space (TAS) and Airbus. TAS, the ...


Soyuz 2-1v
Success
2 weeks, 4 days ago
Kosmos 2542
43/4 (43R) - Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russian Federation

This is a military inspector satellite, capable of monitoring other satellites in orbit. Its payload also allows for Earth observation activities.


Long March 3B / YZ-1
Success
2 weeks, 6 days ago
Beidou-3 M21 & M22
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.


Kuaizhou
Success
3 weeks, 5 days ago
Kuaizhou
Jiuquan, People's Republic of China

Long March 6
Success
1 month ago
Ningxia 1 (x5)
Launch Complex 16 - Taiyuan, People's Republic of China

Ningxia 1 is a constellation of remote sensing satellites developed by Dongfanghong Satellite Co., Ltd.