SpaceX launches Japanese ispace lunar lander first mission

A long exposure photo shows the path of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket as it launched the ispace mission on Dec. 11, 2022, with the rocket booster’s return and landing visible as well. SpaceX Japanese lunar exploration company ispace began its long-anticipated first mission on Sunday, with a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launching the venture’s lunar … Read more

Firefly Aerospace reaches orbit joining SpaceX, Rocket Lab and others

The view from the upper stage of the Alpha rocket after reaching orbit on Oct. 1, 2022. Firefly Aerospace Private venture Firefly Aerospace reached orbit with its Alpha rocket for the first time on Saturday, a milestone in the company’s development that sees it join an increasingly competitive U.S. launch market. Firefly is the fifth … Read more

New rocket company fails to achieve launch on 2nd attempt

VANDENBERG SPACE FORCE BASE, Calif. — A year after its first rocket launch failed, a new aerospace company was unsuccessful early Friday in its second attempt to place multiple satellites into orbit. Firefly Aerospace’s Alpha rocket was unable to lift off from Vandenberg Space Force Base, California, and follow a planned arc over the Pacific … Read more

The U.S. and Europe are running out of weapons to send to Ukraine

Ukrainian servicemen fire an M777 howitzer, Kharkiv Region, northeastern Ukraine. This photo cannot be distributed in the Russian Federation. Vyacheslav Madiyevskyy | Future Publishing | Getty Images In the U.S. weapons industry, the normal production level for artillery rounds for the 155 millimeter howitzer — a long-range heavy artillery weapon currently used on the battlefields … Read more

South Korea says North Korea test-fired missile toward sea

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea fired a short-range ballistic missile Sunday toward its eastern seas, extending a provocative streak in weapons testing as a U.S. aircraft carrier visits South Korea for joint military exercises in response to the North’s growing nuclear threat. South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the missile launched from the … Read more

Fugitive in massive Navy bribery case caught in Venezuela

SAN DIEGO — A Malaysian defense contractor nicknamed “Fat Leonard” who orchestrated one of the largest bribery scandals in U.S. military history has been arrested in Venezuela after fleeing before his sentencing, authorities said Wednesday. The international manhunt for Leonard Glenn Francis ended with his arrest by Venezuelan authorities Tuesday morning at the Caracas airport … Read more

Planet prepares to launch hyperspectral satellites called Tanager

An artist’s depiction of a Tanager satellite in orbit. Planet PARIS — Planet is adding another type of imagery satellite to its product line, the latest expansion of the company’s data-gathering operations. The company named the new satellites Tanager — named after a bird family, like the existing lines of Dove and Pelican satellites that … Read more