NASA, ULA launch Lucy spacecraft to Trojan asteroids

NASA and United Launch Alliance launched NASA’s next asteroid exploration mission – Lucy spacecraft. Mission launched at 5:34 AM EDT (09:34 UTC) on Saturday, October 16, from SLC-41 in Florida. Lucy will visit a total of eight asteroids on a 12-year primary mission.

James Webb Space Telescope arrives in French Guiana ahead of launch

The James Webb Space Telescope arrived in French Guiana on a cargo ship on Tuesday (Oct. 12), wrapping up a 16-day ocean voyage. It will launch on Ariane 5 rocket from Guiana Space Centre on December 18.

Blue Origin launches second crewed New Shepard mission

Blue origin launched their second crewed suborbital tourism flight on their New Shepard capsule and rocket with four passengers. William Shatner known from Star Trek became the oldest person to travel into space at 90 years old.

Soyuz MS-19 launches film crew to ISS

The Soyuz MS-19 mission to the International Space Station (ISS) lifted off at 08:55 UTC (04:55 EDT) on Tuesday, October 5 from Site 31/6 in Kazakhstan, before manually docking.

SpaceX launches Inspiration4

SpaceX launched the first all-private orbital mission. Crew Dragon launched 4 civilians to a 575km orbit, higher than any Dragon capusle before for a 3 three-day mission. Booster landed on JRTI droneship successfully.

First Starlink launch from California

SpaceX launched the first Starlink satellites from California, carrying a total of 51 second-generation Starlink satellites into orbit.

First stage booster (B1049) launched and landed on OCISLY droneship for the tenth time marking it the second booster to do so.

Firefly Aerospace Alpha rocket fails to reach orbit the first flight

Firefly Aerospace suffered a failure during the maiden flight of Alpha rocket – small launch vehicle capable of launching 1000 kg to LEO.

After a successful liftoff, Alpha reached Mach-1 later than expected and then span out of control and had to be terminated for safety.

Cargo Dragon docks to the ISS

Cargo Dragon from CRS – 23 (Commercial Resupply Service) mission docked to the ISS on 30 August 2021, at 14:30 UTC.

The spacecraft was successfully launched on a Falcon 9 (B1061) on August 29, 2021 07:14 UTC. Stage 1 booster landed on A Shortfall Of Gravitas droneship.

Astra’s orbital launch ended in failure

Astra’s third orbital launch attempt ended in failure.

An engine failed less than a second after liftoff and the rocket ascented sideways before correcting. Rocket 3 was later terminated in flight for safety.

Arianespace Vega launches 5 satellites

The Vega rocket launched for the second time in 2021 carrying Earth observation satellite and secondary payloads.

Arianespace flight VV19 launched on August 16, at 10:47 PM local time and mission was successful.

Cygnus arrived to the ISS on CRS NG-16

Cygnus spacecraft named after Asian American astronaut Ellison Onizuka arrived to the orbital complex on August 12 .

The Antares rocket launched the payload 2 days earlier from Wallops Island, Virginia.

SpaceX fully stacked Starship for the first time

Starship SN20 was mated to SuperHeavy booster 4 or a short while on friday, August 6, 2021. This was conducted as a fit check prior to more testing and launch.

During this test all 29 Raptor engines on the Booster and 6 on the Ship were installed.

Ariane 5 launches two satellites

Ariane 5 has returned to service with its first launch of 2021, lifting off at 21:00 UTC on Friday, July 30.

Flight VA254 launched two satellites (Star One D2 and Eutelsat Quantum communications satellites).

First crewed flight of New Shepard

Blue Origin launched on July 20 first crewed flight with four crew: Jeff Bezos, Mark Bezos, Wally Funk and Oliver Daemen. The suborbital flight lasted about 11 minutes from launch to landing. After experiencing 4 minutes in zero gravity, capsule with crew landed safely back under 3 parachutes. New Shepard booster also landed successfully on the landing pad.

Unity 22 reaches the edge of space

Six person crew including founder Sir Richard Branson flew to the edge of space onboard SpaceShipTwo on July 11th.

After reaching top speed of Mach 3, spending 5 minutes in weightlessness, spacecraft landed back on runway in Spaceport America.

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