Blue Origin and Virgin Orbit will join SpaceX in the commercial spaceflight landscape in 2021

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Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit reaches space on 2nd try

Virgin Orbit Boeing 747-400 rocket launch platform, named Cosmic Girl, takes off from Mojave Air and Space Port, Mojave (MHV) on its second orbital launch demonstration in the Mojave Desert, north of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Hartman) Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit reached space on Sunday, eight months after the first demonstration flight of its air-launched […]

Russia lifts UK telecom satellites into orbit

A Soyuz rocket blasted off from the Vostochny cosmodrome in Russia’s Far East on Friday, putting into orbit 36 UK telecommunications and internet satellites, the Roscosmos space agency said. The launch was the first and only one to take place from the cosmodrome this year, Roscosmos told AFP. The rocket took off at 1226 GMT, […]

US-European ocean monitoring satellite launches into orbit

Credit: CC0 Public Domain A U.S.-European satellite designed to extend a decades-long measurement of global sea surface heights was launched into Earth orbit from California on Saturday. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the satellite blasted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 9:17 a.m. and arced southward over the Pacific Ocean. The Falcon’s first […]

What if Earth shared its orbit with another planet?

The series “Imaginary Earths” speculates what the world might be like if one key aspect of life changed, be it related to the planet or with humanity itself. Earth is the only planet traveling within its nearly circular orbit around the sun. But what if Earth shared its orbit with another planet?  One of the […]

Space station marking 20 years of people living in orbit

In this Oct. 29, 2000, file photo, the Soyuz booster is transported to the launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakstan. Two days later, U.S. astronaut Bill Shepherd, and Russian cosmonauts Sergei Krikalyov and Yuri Gidzenko blasted off to become the first residents on the International Space Station. (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel, File) The International […]