Jack Congram

Jack Congram

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

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

Welcome back to Weekly Dose of Space! Last week saw four orbital launch attempts occur, with only one completely succeeding. This week also had a test aircraft gain clearance to go supersonic and one of NASA's planetary exploration missions encounter a potential hardware problem. As always, we'

Jul 14, 2024 6 mins

Falcon 9's second-stage MVac engine some ice can be seen near the engine. ©SpaceX Falcon 9 experiences in-flight anomaly for the first time in nine years

SpaceX launched what appeared to be a regular Starlink mission atop of Falcon 9 from Space Launch Complex 4E, in California, on July 12th at 02:35 Universal Coordinated Time. During the second-stage's ascent to orbit, a build-up of ice was noticed on SpaceX's launch stream.

Jul 12, 2024 2 mins

What commercial reusable rockets are on the horizon from China? What commercial reusable rockets are on the horizon from China?

Disclaimer: Launch vehicles that have recently been announced or have had minimal details shared are not included. SpaceX has slashed the cost of sending satellites into orbit since the introduction of its Falcon 9 launch vehicle in 2010. Over its fourteen-year history, Falcon 9 has flown almost 350 times while

Jul 10, 2024 8 mins

Ariane 6 during first-stage flight ©M. Pédoussaut/European Space Agency Ariane 6 spreads its wings for the first time!

Europe has finally returned its domestic access to space with the debut launch of Ariane 6 on July 9th. The first Ariane 6 launch vehicle lifted off from Ensemble de Lancement Ariane 4 (Ariane Launch Complex 4) located at the Guiana Space Centre, in French Guiana in the north of

Jul 9, 2024 5 mins

Weekly Dose of Space (1/7-6/7) Weekly Dose of Space (1/7-6/7)

Welcome back to Weekly Dose of Space! Last week saw four orbital launches occur, with a fifty-fifty split between Asia and North America. This week also saw another country join the International Lunar Research Station and SpaceX win yet another launch contract. As always, we'll also look ahead

Jul 7, 2024 5 mins

The Tianlong-3 test stage falling back towards Earth. Unexpected Liftoff - Space Pioneer's static fire incident

Disclaimer: This article contains the speculation of the writers due to the ongoing accident investigation by Space Pioneer and authorities in China. Space Pioneer has recently become a well-known name in China's commercial aerospace industry, but for the wrong reasons. The company escalated to the spotlight outside of

Jul 3, 2024 5 mins

Monthly Dose of Space - June 2024 Monthly Dose of Space - June 2024

Welcome to our ninth 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. June has been an incredible month for spaceflight and ends the first half of 2024, so let's jump

Jul 1, 2024 14 mins

Weekly Dose of Space (23/6-30/6) Weekly Dose of Space (23/6-30/6)

Welcome back to Weekly Dose of Space! Last week saw six orbital launches worldwide, with half being for SpaceX's Starlink constellation. This week also saw NASA select the U.S. International Space Station deorbit vehicle, and the China National Space Administration revealed how much Moon rock Chang'

Jun 30, 2024 6 mins

The return capsule of the Chang'e 6 spacecraft after softly landing. ©Xinhua Lunar far-side samples brought to Earth by Chang'e 6!

China's Chang'e 6 probe departed for the Moon's far side a little over fifty-three days ago, it would later land on the Moon at the start of June. Today, the Chang'e 6 probes re-entry capsule touched down at the landing site located

Jun 25, 2024 5 mins

Weekly Dose of Space (16/6-22/6) Weekly Dose of Space (16/6-22/6)

Welcome back to Weekly Dose of Space! Last week saw four orbital launch attempts worldwide, with all successfully delivering their payloads. This week also saw Ariane 6 move closer to launch, Starliner extending its stay at the International Space Station, and Rocket Lab receiving its largest launch contract. As always,

Jun 23, 2024 7 mins

The Long March 2C carrying SVOM lifting off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center. Franco-Chinese gamma-ray burst mission blasts off from Xichang!

A Long March 2C rocket lifted off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center earlier today carrying the SVOM, or Space Variable Objects Monitor, spacecraft into a low Earth orbit. The launch is said to have occurred at 15:00 pm China Standard Time, or 07:00 am Universal Coordinated Time.

Jun 22, 2024 5 mins

Weekly Dose of Space (9/6-15/6) Weekly Dose of Space (9/6-15/6)

Welcome back to Weekly Dose of Space! Last week saw zero orbital launch attempts worldwide. Despite the lack of launches, this week saw a new country sign onto the Artemis Accords, a Moon rocket begin a new testing phase, and the passing of two space legends. SpaceX This week at

Jun 16, 2024 6 mins

A render of Ariane 6 in the A62 configuration in flight. ©ESA Ariane 6 begins preparing for first launch NET July 9th

Ariane 6 is finally less than a month away from its inaugural launch from Ensemble de Lancement Ariane 4 (Ariane Launch Complex 4) at the Guiana Space Centre, located in French Guiana in the north of South America. The launch date of no earlier than July 9th was announced by

Jun 13, 2024 4 mins