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Virgin Galactic readies first spaceflight from Spaceport America for ‘later this this fall’

Virgin Galactic readies first spaceflight from Spaceport America for ‘later this this fall’ Virgin Galactic is getting ready to fly its first mission to space from its Spaceport America facility in New Mexico. This is the site that the company will use to host all of its commercial flights, and making it to space from […]

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Scotland spaceport gets full approval, will be able to host up to 12 launches per year

Scotland spaceport gets full approval, will be able to host up to 12 launches per year Scotland’s first proposed spaceport has been fully approved to proceed with construction and operation (via The Northern Times). The facility, which will be built in northern Sutherland on a peninsula that extends into the North Atlantic. This will be […]

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Skyrora launches its small demonstration rocket from mobile launch site in Iceland

Skyrora launches its small demonstration rocket from mobile launch site in Iceland Launch startup Skyrora had a successful test launch of its Skylark Micro rocket from Iceland on Sunday, with the rocket achieving its highest ever altitude at a height of 26.86 km (just under 17 miles). The four meter (13 foot) sub-orbital rocket took […]

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SpaceX reveals plans for a Texas spaceport resort in new job ad

SpaceX reveals plans for a Texas spaceport resort in new job ad SpaceX has big plans for its Boca Chica, Texas site – where it’s currently building and testing Starship, the company’s next-generation passenger and cargo spacecraft. A new job posting spotted by CNBC’s Micheal Sheetz seeks a “Resort Development Manager” to be based out […]

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Astra completes Rocket 3.1 static test fire ahead of launch attempt

Astra completes Rocket 3.1 static test fire ahead of launch attempt Another small rocket launcher is readying to demonstrate their ability to launch a vehicle to space, after a few setbacks exacerbated by the ongoing COVID-19 situation. Astra has just completed a second static test fire of its Rocket 3.1 orbital launch vehicle, and that […]

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Rocket Lab launch fails during rocket’s second stage burn, causing a loss of vehicle and payloads

Rocket Lab launch fails during rocket’s second stage burn, causing a loss of vehicle and payloads Rocket Lab’s ‘Pic or it didn’t happen’ launch on Saturday ended in failure, with a total loss of the Electron launch vehicle and all seven payloads on board. The launch vehicle experienced a failure during the second stage burn […]

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Rocket Lab will fly back-to-back missions from its two New Zealand launchpads for U.S. national security agency

Rocket Lab will fly back-to-back missions from its two New Zealand launchpads for U.S. national security agency Rocket Lab is set to demonstrate a key element of its value prop with newly-awarded missions set for a Spring 2021 launch timeframe: The rocket company will be flying two back-to-back missions for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office […]

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New UK-US agreement allows US companies to launch from UK spaceports

New UK-US agreement allows US companies to launch from UK spaceports In a new move designed to encourage more economic and scientific collaboration between spacefaring nations, the UK and US governments have signed a new agreement that would make it possible for US companies to take part in space launches from the UK, including its […]

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Rocket startup Skyrora achieves a successful sub-orbital launch from Scottish island

Rocket startup Skyrora achieves a successful sub-orbital launch from Scottish island This past weekend was a busy one for rocket launches, including for new launch companies hoping to join the ranks of SpaceX and Rocket Lab as private, operational space launch providers. Edinburgh-based Skyrora achieved a significant milestone for its program, successfully launching its Skylark […]

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Rocket Lab successfully launches its 12th Electron, carrying NASA and NRO payloads

Rocket Lab successfully launches its 12th Electron, carrying NASA and NRO payloads Rocket Lab has returned to active launch status from its first launchpad in New Zealand, after the global COVID-19 pandemic temporarily paused its work there. Early this morning, it flew its 12th Electron launch vehicle from its launch site on NZ’s Mahia Peninsula, […]

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