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Japan’s new H3 launcher delayed by rocket engine component issues

HELSINKI — The first launches of the new Japanese H3 launch vehicle are being delayed by issues with two components of the rocket’s main...

SpaceX sets new Falcon 9 reuse milestone on Starlink launch

WASHINGTON — SpaceX set a new milestone in Falcon 9 reuse with the latest Starlink satellite launch Nov. 24 as the company seeks permission...

SpaceX ready for Starship suborbital flight as FAA begins new environmental study

WASHINGTON — As SpaceX prepares for the first high-altitude test flight of its Starship reusable launch vehicle, the Federal Aviation Administration is starting a...

Rocket Lab declares success in Electron rocket recovery

WASHINGTON — Rocket Lab says its attempt to recover the first stage from its latest Electron launch was a “complete success,” but that the...

Falcon 9 launch ends long hiatus in Vandenberg launches

WASHINGTON — Despite a lull in orbital launch activity at Vandenberg Air Force Base, officials with the U.S. Space Force foresee a “very promising...

Falcon 9 launches Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich ocean science satellite

WASHINGTON — A SpaceX Falcon 9 successfully launched Nov. 21 the latest in a series of satellites developed by the United States and Europe...

Avio CEO promises Vega’s rapid return to flight as CNES plots replacement satellite

VALLETTA, Malta — The head of Italian rocket manufacturer Avio assured customers Nov. 19 that the company was working hard to return Vega to...

Rocket Lab launches Electron in test of booster recovery

WASHINGTON — Rocket Lab launched its Electron rocket Nov. 19, placing nearly 30 smallsats in orbit while making its first attempt to recover the...