Means and the Muscle: Where Does Falcon Heavy Stand Alongside the Heavylifters?

Last week’s launch of the maiden Falcon Heavy has opened a niche in the market for super-heavylift launch vehicles. Photo Credit: Alan Walters/AmericaSpace

“If you can hear me over the cheering,” intoned SpaceX’s John Insprucker in the seconds after 3:45 p.m. EST Tuesday, 6 February, “Falcon Heavy, heading to space on her test-flight. […]

Dazzling Proton-M Returns to Flight With Astra 2E Communications Satellite

Less than three months after its dismal first-stage failure, International Launch Services (ILS) and its partners have triumphantly returned the Proton-M to flight. Liftoff from Baikonur occurred at 3:38 a.m. local time Monday (5:38 p.m. EDT Sunday). Photo Credit: ILS, with additional thanks to Mike Barrett

Eighty-nine days after a Khrunichev-built Proton-M booster […]

Progress In, Progress Out at International Space Station

Photo Credit: NASA

One of Russia’s unmanned Progress resupply spacecraft left the International Space Station (ISS) Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013. The departure was timed to make way for a new Progress, which is currently slated to arrive at the orbiting laboratory and workshop Monday.

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Failure to Sea Launch: Zenit 3SL Racks Up Another Loss - UPDATE

Photo Credit: Sea Launch

On Friday, February 1, a Sea Launch Zenit-3SL rocket experienced a malfunction shortly after lift-off that caused the rocket’s engine to shut down. This resulted in both the launch vehicle and its Intelsat 27 payload to fall into the ocean. Launch occurred on the Odyssey Launch Platform at 1:56 […]