NASA launches ‘time-critical’ cargo to ISS in latest record-setting Antares launch [VIDEO]

Over the last 20 years, many unmanned cargo capsules have been launched to the International Space Station in low-earth orbit, but this may be the first “express” launch, using Northrop Grumman’s Antares rocket. When the NG-11 Cygnus cargo spacecraft (pictured at right) lifted off yesterday afternoon, from NASA’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on the Virginia coast, […]
  • Randy Woods
  • April 18, 2019

Unmanned rocket delivers cargo to International Space Station successfully [VIDEO]

Northrop Grumman’s “S.S. John Young” Antares rocket successfully completed its mission to deliver 7,400 pounds of cargo and supplies to the International Space Station (ISS) over the weekend on Nov. 17, in conjunction with the 20th anniversary of the ISS. The Antares rocket lifted off from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport in Wallops Island, Virginia, at […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • November 19, 2018

SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch dazzles, but overshoots target orbit [VIDEO]

In the airfreight business, there is “specialty cargo,” and then there is “Elon Musk cargo” – a separate category all by itself. In an audacious launch on Tuesday that was half technology showcase, half marketing stunt, the aerospace entrepreneur’s SpaceX company sent its unmanned “Falcon Heavy” lift vehicle – the most powerful rocket currently in […]
  • Randy Woods
  • February 7, 2018

Used rocket available for cargo delivery, low mileage, call SpaceX [VIDEO]

It’s usually a good idea to use the “buyer beware” rule when shopping for used equipment. But in the case of Elon Musk’s SpaceX Falcon 9 system, a “used” rocket is the main selling point for the viability of the space cargo business plan. Yesterday, SpaceX successfully launched the SES-10 communications satellite, using a reused […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 31, 2017

Great moments in space cargo history: Sticking the barge landing

As we wrap up this week, we thought we’d end on a celebratory note in the waters of the Atlantic off Florida’s coast. Earlier this afternoon, the privately owned spaceflight company, SpaceX, launched an unmanned cargo capsule from Cape Canaveral to the International Space Station using its Falcon 9 rocket — something that’s been done […]
  • Randy Woods
  • April 8, 2016