Latest Space launches News

SpaceX launches 60 little satellites, with many more to come

May. 24, 2019 10:38 AM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX has launched 60 little satellites, the first of thousands that founder Elon Musk plans to put in orbit for global internet coverage. The recycled Falcon rocket blasted off late Thursday night. The first-stage booster landed on an ocean platform following liftoff, as the...

Japanese space startup aims to compete with US rivals

May. 15, 2019 9:58 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese startup that launched a rocket into space earlier this month plans to provide low-cost rocket services and compete with American rivals such as SpaceX, its founder said Wednesday. Interstellar Technology Inc. founder Takafumi Horie said a low-cost rocket business in Japan is...

Space-tourism enters 'home stretch' toward commercial flight

May. 10, 2019 7:27 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Billionaire Richard Branson is moving Virgin Galactic's winged passenger rocket and more than 100 employees from California to a remote commercial launch and landing facility in southern New Mexico, bringing his space-tourism dream a step closer to reality. Branson said Friday at a...

Amazon's Bezos says he'll send a spaceship to the moon

May. 9, 2019 11:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amazon tycoon Jeff Bezos said Thursday he's going to send a spaceship to the moon, joining a resurgence of lunar interest half a century after people first set foot there. Bezos said his space company Blue Origin will land a robotic ship the size of a small house, capable of carrying four...

SpaceX shipment reaches space station after weekend launch

May. 6, 2019 2:15 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A SpaceX shipment arrived at the International Space Station on Monday with a "cosmic catch" by a pair of Canadians. The Dragon capsule delivered 5,500 pounds (2,500 kilograms) of equipment and experiments. Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques used the station's big robot arm...

SpaceX launches supplies to space station after power delays

May. 4, 2019 5:25 AM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX launched a load of supplies to the International Space Station on Saturday following a pair of unusual power delays. A Falcon rocket raced into the pre-dawn darkness, carrying a Dragon capsule with 5,500 pounds (2,500 kilograms) of goods. This recycled Dragon —...

Japan's private rocket reaches outer space for first time

May. 4, 2019 1:33 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese aerospace startup funded by a former internet maverick successfully launched a small rocket into space Saturday, making it the first commercially developed Japanese rocket to reach orbit. Interstellar Technology Inc. said the unmanned MOMO-3 rocket exceeded 100 kilometers (60 miles)...

SpaceX delays launch to freshly repaired space station

May. 3, 2019 3:52 AM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX delayed a supply run Friday to the International Space Station, back to full power and accepting deliveries after quick repairs. A Falcon rocket was poised to blast off before dawn Friday, with a Dragon cargo capsule. But an electrical problem cropped up at the last...

SpaceX confirms crew capsule destroyed in ground test

May. 2, 2019 3:57 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX finally confirmed Thursday its crew capsule was destroyed in ground testing two weeks ago and conceded that the accident is "not great news" for the company's effort to launch astronauts this year. Hans Koenigsmann, a company vice president, told reporters it's too soon...

SpaceX suffers serious setback with crew capsule accident

Apr. 22, 2019 3:24 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX has suffered a serious setback in its effort to launch NASA astronauts into orbit this year, with the fiery loss of its first crew capsule during testing. Over the weekend, the company's recently flown Dragon crew capsule was engulfed in smoke and flames on an engine test...