Sir Richard Branson: Virgin Orbit rocket fails on debut flight

A California company owned by UK businessman Sir Richard Branson fails to launch a rocket to orbit.

By Jonathan Amos • bbcnews
yesterday ~1 min

Tags: commercial-space-travel space-exploration newquay california richard-branson

Nasa SpaceX launch: Astronauts complete rehearsal for historic mission

Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken ready themselves and their kit for Wednesday's flight to the space station.

By Jonathan Amos • bbcnews
May 24, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: astronauts spacex international-space-station united-states space-exploration nasa

The Nasa-SpaceX mission timeline in graphics

These are the key phases in the first crew mission to go to orbit from the US in nine years.

By Jonathan Amos • bbcnews
May 24, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: spacex international-space-station united-states space-exploration nasa

Nasa SpaceX launch: Who are the astronauts?

BBC News profiles the space travellers who will launch in SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule on Wednesday.

By Paul Rincon • bbcnews
May 24, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: astronauts florida spacex commercial-space-travel international-space-station united-states space-exploration nasa houston elon-musk space

Nasa SpaceX launch: 10 questions about the mission

BBC News answers questions about the first orbital launch of astronauts from US soil in nine years.

By Paul Rincon • bbcnews
May 23, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: florida spacex commercial-space-travel united-states space-exploration nasa elon-musk

Nasa SpaceX crew mission cleared to launch

A review panel finds no technical reason to delay the first US orbital crew launch in nine years.

By Jonathan Amos • bbcnews
May 22, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: astronauts spacex international-space-station space-exploration nasa

SpaceX reaches for milestone in spaceflight – a private company launches astronauts into orbit

SpaceX's launch of astronauts to the International Space Station will make it the first private company to launch humans to space. The effort has ramifications for NASA and spaceflight in general.

Wendy Whitman Cobb, Professor of Strategy and Security Studies, US Air Force School of Advanced Air and Space Studies • conversation
May 22, 2020 ~7 min

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Sir Richard Branson: Virgin Orbit hopes for rocket flight this weekend

UK businessman Sir Richard Branson is looking to Saturday to debut one of his new space systems.

By Jonathan Amos • bbcnews
May 20, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: space-exploration newquay california richard-branson

To safely explore the solar system and beyond, spaceships need to go faster – nuclear-powered rockets may be the answer

An update of 50-year-old regulations has kickstarted research into the next generation of rockets. Powered by nuclear fission, these new systems could be the key to faster, safer exploration of space.

Iain Boyd, Professor of Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder • conversation
May 20, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: space nasa mars space-shuttle moon voyager space-exploration donald-trump future rockets darpa nuclear-fission apollo-11

Nasa: Doug Loverro steps down days before crewed launch

Doug Loverro steps down the week before the US's first crewed launch in almost a decade.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
May 20, 2020 ~2 min

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