Latest Space launches News

Russian supply ship lifts off to International Space Station

Dec. 6, 2019 5:36 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — An automatic Russian supply ship carrying tons of supplies successfully blasted off Friday heading for the International Space Station. The Progress MS-13 cargo ship lifted off as scheduled at 2:34 p.m. (0934 GMT) atop a Soyuz rocket from the Russian space complex in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. It...

SpaceX launches beer malt, caring robot and 'mighty mice'

Dec. 5, 2019 2:58 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX launched a 3-ton shipment to the International Space Station on Thursday, including “mighty mice” for a muscle study, a robot sensitive to astronauts' emotions and a miniature version of a brewery's malt house. The Dragon capsule also is delivering holiday...

SpaceX delays space station delivery due to high wind

Dec. 4, 2019 1:02 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX has delayed its delivery to the International Space Station because of dangerous wind gusts. The Falcon 9 rocket came less than an hour from launching Wednesday. But the company halted the countdown because of excessive upper-level wind at Cape Canaveral and also out in...

Boeing delays crew capsule test flight to space station

Dec. 3, 2019 3:20 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Boeing has delayed its first test flight of its Starliner crew capsule to the International Space Station. The launch is now targeted for Dec. 19. NASA said Tuesday that the two-day postponement was caused by problems with ground equipment at the Cape Canaveral pad. Both the...

Ethiopia says its 1st satellite will launch next month

Nov. 22, 2019 9:05 AM EST

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopian officials say the country will launch its first ever satellite next month. It is the latest example of space ambitions by several African nations. The satellite was built in China and will be launched from a site there. Ethiopia's Innovation and Technology Minister...

China tests Mars lander in international cooperation push

Nov. 14, 2019 11:35 AM EST

HUAILAI, China (AP) — China showed off its Mars spacecraft during a landing test Thursday as the country pushes for inclusion in more global space projects. The demonstration of hovering, obstacle avoidance and deceleration capabilities was conducted at a site outside Beijing simulating conditions on the...

SpaceX launches 60 more mini satellites for global internet

Nov. 11, 2019 11:49 AM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX launched 60 mini satellites Monday, the second batch of an orbiting network meant to provide global internet coverage. The Falcon rocket blasted into the morning sky, marking the unprecedented fourth flight of a booster for SpaceX. The compact flat-panel satellites...

Putin bemoans continued corruption at space base

Nov. 11, 2019 7:10 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin is complaining to his cabinet that widescale corruption at Russia's new space launch facility is continuing. The facility in the Far East, named Vostochny, is intended to reduce Russia's reliance on the Baikonur launchpads in Kazakhstan, from which all manned...

Boeing crew capsule completes major flight test in desert

Nov. 4, 2019 12:22 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Boeing's capsule for astronauts underwent its first major flight test Monday, shooting a mile into the air then parachuting back to the New Mexico desert. The Starliner capsule carried no crew, just a test dummy for the 1 ½-minute shakedown of the launch abort system. Only...

Space shipment launched with sports car parts, cookie oven

Nov. 2, 2019 11:38 AM EDT

A supply ship rocketed toward the International Space Station on Saturday with sports car parts, an oven for baking cookies and a vest to protect against radiation. Northrop Grumman launched its Cygnus capsule for NASA from Wallops Island, Virginia. The 8,200-pound shipment (3,700 kilograms) should reach the...