SpaceX's seventieth launch this year
On October 5, the launch operator celebrated its seventieth orbital launch of the year (and as many successes), following a record month of September.
Vega C: no return to flight before the end of 2024
The bad news was made official on October 2 by the Task Force led by the European Space Agency and Avio, the manufacturer of Vega C, which has been grounded since December 2022: Europe's new light launcher won't fly again for another year.
The ISS marathon runners are back
The longest stay (initially planned) carried out aboard the International Space Station ended on September 27. And already, two other Russian cosmonauts are working to break the record by next year...
Two microlancers lost in the space of 48 hours
The past week has been marked by the successive failures of the Electron microlancer (from American/New Zealand company Rocket Lab) and its counterpart Ceres 1 (from Chinese start-up Galactic Energy).
Third firing of the Ariane 6 upper stage
The German Space Agency's test center in Baden-Württemberg saw the ULPM grow for the third time, in a ground test lasting over 11 minutes.
China's Long March, the other record-breaking launcher
While the Western world tends to rave about SpaceX's impressive string of successes, it shouldn't take its eyes off what's been happening in China for some time now...
A stage of SpaceX's Falcon 9 launcher returns to port... for the 16th time
Every weekend, a new image makes the news or catches our attention. On July 12, stage B1058 of SpaceX's Falcon 9 launcher returned to port in Port Canaveral, Florida, after its... sixteenth flight.
Ariane 6 alone on its launch pad
At the end of each week, an image makes the news or catches our attention. On June 22, the gantry housing a functional mock-up of Ariane 6 for combined testing in French Guiana was removed for the first time.
Successful testing of the European rocket engine for the future Prometheus on the Themis reusable stage
The end of the 2023 Paris Air Show coincided with the first firing campaign for the Prometheus engine mounted on the Themis reusable stage demonstrator at Vernon.
Regular updates on Ariane 6
Until the inaugural flight of the future European heavy launcher, press releases will be issued at the end of each progress meeting attended by the program's main stakeholders.
The last Ariane 5 assembled
At the end of each week, a picture that made the news or caught our attention. In French Guiana, preparations continue for the final flight of the European heavy launcher.
Last step for Virgin Galactic before commercial flights
On May 25, Richard Branson's company carried out the final test flight of its SpaceShipTwo suborbital rocket plane, prior to the start of tourist operations. Two pilots and four passengers were on board.
The Falcon Heavy seen from a Merritt Island pavilion
Each weekend, an image that made the news or caught our attention. On May 1, SpaceX performed its 20th launch in five months from Florida; some people watch it from their backyard.
Protein: the future of European heavy launchers under study
The European Space Agency has selected ArianeGroup and German startup RFA to lay the groundwork for a reusable, cost-effective European heavy-lift transport system.
The great journey of the European probe Juice has begun
The European Space Agency's new major interplanetary exploration mission was successfully launched on April 14 by Ariane 5. Objective: the giant Jupiter and its icy moons, which will be reached... in 2031.
German students break rocket altitude record
Already the world record holder for a student-built hybrid rocket, a club at the University of Stuttgart has now doubled its record.
SpaceX barges crossing at Port Canaveral
Every end of week, an image that made the news or caught our attention. On April 2, two SpaceX autonomous barges passed each other at the entrance to the Port Canaveral harbor in Florida.
Record funds for German startup Isar Aerospace's Spectrum microlancer
The largest fundraising to date in 2023 in the field of space technology has just been completed by the Munich-based startup on a global scale.
A new face at the head of ArianeGroup
Martin Sion, formerly president of Safran Electronics & Defense, has been executive chairman of the Airbus and Safran joint venture since April 4, in charge of the Ariane launcher and M51 missile.
Tianlong 2, a new Chinese private launcher
The light launcher market is seeing the emergence of a new competitor, which can be recovered in the future.
First flight of a methane launcher
Every weekend, an image that made the news or caught our attention. On March 23, the American startup Relativity Space flew its Terran 1 launcher, powered by methane gas. The first stage worked perfectly, the second stage did not ignite.
Vega C will deploy Iride, the Italian constellation
The European light launcher has just been awarded its fifteenth firm launch contract.
Delivery of the last solid rocket booster stage for Ariane 5
Every weekend, a picture that made the news or caught our attention. As the Ariane 5 launcher prepares to retire, its last "EAPs" have just been produced in French Guiana.
Failure of the inaugural flight of the H3, the new Japanese heavy launcher
The TF1 (Test Flight No. 1) flight of Jaxa's new launcher was short-lived, as its upper stage was scheduled to enter the stage.
Causes of the latest failure of the European launcher Vega C identified
The causes of the Vega C VV22 mission failure are known. The independent commission of inquiry set up after the December 21 accident presented its conclusions on March 3 at ESA headquarters.
Latitude rocket engine comes alive
The Reims-based startup has completed its first test firing campaign of its Navier rocket engine, which is entirely made in 3D printing.
First liftoff of the Electron microlauncher from Virginia
The small launcher from the U.S.-NZ company Rocket Lab flew its 33rd mission on January 24. It was launched for the first time from the Wallops Island base.
First transatlantic trip for the Ariane 6 transport ship
Each weekend, a picture that made the news or caught our attention. On January 13, the ship Canopée, which will transport Arianespace's future heavy launcher from Europe, arrived in French Guiana.
False start for the Cornwall spaceport
"Start Me Up", the first orbital launch that the American company Virgin Orbit was to perform from England, ended in failure.
Ariane 6 : Airbus and ArianeGroup sign contract for the next transition batch of carbon fibre structures
The contract includes the manufacturing and supply of innovative, large, lightweight structures for the next fourteen Ariane 6 launchers, to be manufactured until 2025.
Meeting with the Director General of the European Space Agency
We interviewed Josef Aschbacher, Director General of the European Space Agency, at the 73rd International Astronautical Congress. This was an opportunity to take stock of the ministerial conference to be held on November 22 and 23 in Paris.