Jack Congram

Jack Congram

Senior Writer - Space nerd trying to follow all things space, especially interested in China's state and private space efforts.

NASA's Space Launch System (left) and China's Long March 10 (right). How the U.S. and China plan to land humans on the Moon before 2030

Both the United States of America and the People's Republic of China are planning to perform crewed missions to the Moon before the year 2030. The two countries have different ideas on how these missions should be performed in terms of launch plans and public-private partnerships. But how

Apr 17, 2024 22 mins

Weekly Dose of Space (7/4-13/4) Weekly Dose of Space (7/4-13/4)

Welcome back to Weekly Dose of Space! Last week saw six launches occur worldwide, with four being from SpaceX. As always, we'll also look ahead to the launch schedule worldwide for next week too. SpaceX Last week at Starbase saw Booster 11 being removed from the Orbital Launch

Apr 14, 2024 6 mins

Delta IV Heavy lifting off from Space Launch Complex 37B for NROL-70. ©United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy soars for the final time

On the 9th of April, the final Delta IV Heavy took off from Space Launch Complex 37B, at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. This launch was on behalf of the United States' National Reconnaissance Office with the payload being classified. The payload aboard the final Delta

Apr 10, 2024 6 mins

An artist rendition of the Dongfanghong-2 spacecraft. Dongfanghong-2 - 40 years ago today

On the 8th of April 1984, a Long March 3 lifted off from Launch Complex 3 of the Xichang Satellite Launch Center bound for a geostationary transfer orbit. Aboard the rocket was the Dongfanghong-2 communications satellite. Dongfanghong-2 was part of the Shiyong Tongbu Tongxing Weixing (實用定位通訊衛星), which literally means Operational

Apr 8, 2024 3 mins

Weekly Dose of Space (31/3-6/4) Weekly Dose of Space (31/3-6/4)

Welcome back to Weekly Dose of Space! Last week saw five launches worldwide, with three being from SpaceX. This week saw NASA select three companies for lunar rovers for Artemis missions and another country joins the International Lunar Research Station. As always, we'll also look ahead to the

Apr 7, 2024 7 mins

Columbia lifting off from Launch Complex 39A for STS-1. ©NASA STS-1 - An icon spreads her wings

On the 12th of April 1981, a new launch vehicle took to the skies for the first time from the United States. This debut flight would be like no other as crew were onboard too, with a plan to land a part of the vehicle on a runway too. The

Apr 6, 2024 5 mins

A render of Radian One in low Earth orbit. ©Radian Aerospace Radian One - Another attempt towards the holy grail?

American aerospace startup, Radian Aerospace re-introduced its Radian One single-stage-to-orbit spaceplane to the world recently via a series of posts on X and Linkedin. Single-stage to orbit vehicles have long been considered as one of the holy grails of rocketry, due to a lack of complex staging events and aircraft-like

Apr 4, 2024 5 mins

Astra's rocket on the launchpad. ©Astra Astra's impressively awful flight history

Disclaimer: All currency is in United States Dollars unless stated otherwise. Astra was arguably one of the most prolific small payload launchers a few years ago, however for the past two years they've been stuck on the ground. While stuck on the ground they've faced no

Apr 2, 2024 8 mins

Monthly Dose of Space - March 2024 Monthly Dose of Space - March 2024

Welcome to our sixth Monthly Dose of Space! In this monthly newsletter, we bring you major news from the past month we haven't covered in our weekly newsletters. March has been another busy month, so let's jump into it! SpaceX The last month saw SpaceX finally

Apr 1, 2024 15 mins

Weekly Dose of Space (24/3-30/3) Weekly Dose of Space (24/3-30/3)

Welcome back to Weekly Dose of Space! Last week saw four launches worldwide, with three being from SpaceX. This week saw follow-up news for Queqiao-2 along with two major space agencies looking at collaboration. As always, we'll also look ahead to the launch schedule worldwide for next week

Mar 31, 2024 5 mins

A render of Latitude's Zephyr rocket. ©Latitude Latitude - returning launch to Europe?

French space startup Latitude is hoping to launch the first French-built rocket of the 21st century. Their rocket Zephyr is currently aiming for a maiden flight in 2025. Latitude is a self-described pioneering French rocket launch company on a mission to push the boundaries of space technologies, fostering a better

Mar 28, 2024 3 mins

The Long March 6A Y3 vehicle lifting off from its launch pad. China launches Yunhai satellite atop of the fifth Long March 6A

China launched what was thought to be a Long March 6C in the Western world but later turned out to be a Long March 6A. The launch occurred from Launch Complex 9A at the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center, in northern China. Liftoff was at 10:51 pm Universal Coordinated Time

Mar 27, 2024 4 mins

A Soyuz 2.1a lifting off from its launchpad for MS-25. ©NASA/Bill Ingalls Crew and Cargo arrive at the International Space Station

Over the weekend, two vehicles from two different sides of the world arrived at the International Space Station. The first to arrive was a SpaceX Cargo Dragon V2 with the second, following by a few days, being Soyuz MS-25 carrying three astronauts. After spending almost two days catching up to

Mar 25, 2024 4 mins