Aerospace

This tag is used to mark content that is related to aerospace engineering. A substantive collection of articles can be found here, that discuss the design, development, testing, and operation of aircraft, spacecraft, and other aerospace vehicles.

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

Firefly kicks off 2024 Firefly kicks off 2024

Firefly's Alpha rocket lifted off today on July 4th 2024, 12:04 AM EDT from Pad SLC-2W, at the Vandenberg Space Force Base in California, USA. Alpha is a small sat launcher priced at 15 million US dollars a launch. Alpha is designed to be the most reliable

Jul 5, 2024 5 mins

Falcon Heavy launches GOES-U Falcon Heavy launches GOES-U

On June 25th, 2024 a Falcon Heavy lifted off from the pad carrying 'GOES-U' to GTO. GOES-U will provide advanced imagery and atmospheric measurements of Earth’s weather, oceans, and environment, as well as real-time mapping of total lightning activity and improved monitoring of solar activity and space

Jun 26, 2024 4 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

 Ship 29 and Booster 11 lifting off from Texas. ©SpaceX SpaceX launches Starship-Super Heavy for its fourth flight test!

SpaceX successfully launched its fourth flight test of Starship-Super Heavy, its in-development fully reusable super-heavy lift rocket, from Boca Chica in Texas at 12:50 pm Universal Coordinated Time, or 07:50 am Central Time. Slow motion liftoff of Starship on Flight 4 pic.twitter.com/9itFbrfxW7 — SpaceX (@SpaceX) June

Jun 6, 2024 8 mins

Deep Blue Aerospace: An Overview and Update Deep Blue Aerospace: An Overview and Update

Chinese rocket company Deep Blue Aerospace has secured new funding for its reusable rocket plans, with the first launch scheduled for later this year. While just two years ago Deep Blue Aerospace preformed hop tests of a smaller vehicle, and completed several firings of their Nebula-1 rocket architecture. The company

Jun 1, 2024 3 mins

The Long March 3B/E Y96 vehicle lifting off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center. China launches Pakistan's newest communications satellite

Pakistan's newest communications satellite headed to a geosynchronous transfer orbit atop of a Long March 3B/E from the Xinchang Satellite Launch Center's Launch Complex 2, located in southern China. Liftoff occurred at 20:12 pm, China Standard Time, on May 30th, or 12:12 pm

May 30, 2024 3 mins

Ship 29 and Booster 11 during a wet dress rehersal. ©SpaceX Starship-Super Heavy's fourth flight targeting NET June 5th

A little over two and a half months ago, SpaceX launched the third flight test of its in-development Starship-Super Heavy launch vehicle, which made it further than the previous two tests. Today, May 24th, the company announced it is targeting no earlier than June 5th for the fourth flight test,

May 24, 2024 7 mins

Humanities Journey to Interstellar Space Humanities Journey to Interstellar Space

Seemingly, since man first looked into the night, we have always yearned to explore the cosmos. But, despite hundreds of thousands of years of evolution, from our earliest ancestors to the present era, we have only recently begun to venture “far” away from our home.  At the time of the

May 18, 2024 7 mins

The Chang'e 6 samples: Why Apollo Basin? The Chang'e 6 samples: Why Apollo Basin?

Discover the importance of Chang'e 6 and its landing site in this new article!

May 13, 2024 5 mins

The Long March 3B/E Y97 vehicle lifting off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center. China launches new experimental communication satellites

China has continued to ramp up its launch cadence for 2024 with a Long March 3B/E lifting off at 09:43 am China Standard Time, or 01:43 am Universal Coordinated Time, from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center, located in the country's Sichuan province, on May 9th.

May 9, 2024 4 mins