NASA-funded sounding rocket to catch aurora in the act

On Jan. 24, 2014, Marilia Samara will be waiting for the perfect aurora. Samara and her science team will be at the Poker Flat Research Range in Poker Flat, Alaska, looking for classic curls in the aurora in the night sky – curls that look like cream swirling in a cup of coffee.

Europe's Vega rocket lifts off for first flight

Europe's new Vega rocket has successfully lifted off from the Kourou spaceport in French Guiana, taking nine satellites into orbit.

SpaceX announces world's biggest rocket

SpaceX has announced what's to be the world's largest rocket, the Falcon Heavy, set to launch as soon as the end of next year.

Firms pitch new rocket to NASA for manned flights

Two major rocket companies - ATK and Astrium - are in talks with NASA about a new vehicle which would carry out manned flights to the International Space Station (ISS).

Indian rocket explodes on launch

An Indian rocket was deliberately blown up on Christmas Day less than a minute after launch.

Rocket crash caused by programming error

A Russian rocket carrying three satellites crashed yesterday after blasting off from the Baikonur launchpad.

US Air Force launches biggest ever spy satellite

The US Air Force launched a massive spy satellite yesterday for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO).

NASA rocket undergoes successful test

NASA has successfully completed a two-minute, full-scale test of its DM-2 rocket motor - despite not knowing for sure whether it will ever actually be going anywhere.

Amateur team to test manned spacecraft next week

A group of Danish amateurs will next week launch its own rocket - with plans for a manned flight to follow if all goes well.

Intel Atom powers 1,000 mph car

Intel's Atom processor can be found inside everything from netbooks to smartphones. But now 7 of the ubiquitous chips have been spotted inside the Bloodhound SSC, a jet and rocket-powered supersonic car expected to break the 1,000 mph barrier.

South Korean rocket may have crashed

A South Korean rocket which was launched yesterday has crashed, a local news station reports.

Boeing preps next-gen GPS for launch


Boeing has completed prelaunch testing for the first of 12 next-generation Global Positioning System (GPS) IIF navigation spacecraft.