Latest Space launches News

Correction: Virgin Orbit-Launch story

Jan. 16, 2022 11:22 AM EST
LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a story published January 13, 2022, about a Virgin Orbit launch, The Associated Press erroneously reported that Richard Branson said 480 countries can use Virgin Orbit. He said “all 180 countries” can use it.

Iran conducts static test of satellite-carrying rocket

Jan. 15, 2022 13:21 PM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard has tested an engine for a solid-fuel satellite carrier rocket, the country's state-run IRNA news agency reported Thursday. The report quoted Gen. Amirali Hajizadeh, chief of the Guard’s aerospace unit, as saying the...

Judge weighs pausing Georgia spaceport land deal for voters

Jan. 12, 2022 10:53 AM EST

WOODBINE, Ga. (AP) — Opponents of a planned commercial spaceport on the Georgia coast asked a judge Tuesday to stop local officials from buying land for the commercial launchpad as they seek a special election that would let voters decide whether the deal should happen. The...

Space telescope's 'golden eye' opens, last major hurdle

Jan. 08, 2022 15:59 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA’s new space telescope opened its huge, gold-plated, flower-shaped mirror Saturday, the final step in the observatory's dramatic unfurling. The last portion of the 21-foot (6.5-meter) mirror swung into place at flight controllers’ command,...

China plans space station completion, many launches in 2022

Jan. 06, 2022 02:23 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China has recommitted itself to completing its orbiting space station by the end of the year and says it is planning more than 40 launches for 2022, putting it roughly level with the United States. Launches would include those of two Shenzhou crewed missions, two...

NASA nails trickiest job on newly launched space telescope

Jan. 05, 2022 15:09 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA aced the most complicated, critical job on its newly launched space telescope Tuesday: unrolling and stretching a sunshade the size of a tennis court. Ground controllers cheered and bumped fists once the fifth and final layer of the sunshield was...

Iran launches rocket into space amid Vienna nuclear talks

Dec. 30, 2021 22:31 PM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran launched a rocket with a satellite carrier bearing three devices into space, authorities announced Thursday, without saying whether any of the objects had entered Earth's orbit. It was not clear when the launch happened or what devices the carrier brought...

Iran state television says Tehran conducts rocket launch with satellite carrier bearing 3 devices; unclear if in orbit

Dec. 30, 2021 03:34 AM EST
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran state television says Tehran conducts rocket launch with satellite carrier bearing 3 devices; unclear if in orbit.

China urges US to protect its space station from satellites

Dec. 29, 2021 03:54 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China is calling on the United States to protect a Chinese space station and its three-member crew after Beijing complained that satellites launched by Elon Musk’s SpaceX nearly struck the station. A foreign ministry spokesman accused Washington on Tuesday of...

China calls on US to protect space station from satellites

Dec. 28, 2021 23:33 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China is calling on the United States to protect a Chinese space station and its three-member crew after Beijing complained that satellites launched by Elon Musk’s SpaceX nearly struck the station. A foreign ministry spokesman accused Washington on Tuesday of...