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Recap: India's new GSLV-MK3 rocket completes successful test

Sridhar Narayanan • June 07, 2017

The first operational launch of the Geostationary Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark 3 rocket, or GSLV-MK3, developed by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), was successfully conducted on Monday.

India enters the big league with new, powerful rocket

Sridhar Narayanan • June 02, 2017 • 2

The countdown has begun for the first fully operational flight of the Indian Space Research Organization’s most powerful rocket to date: the Geostationary Launch Vehicle Mark 3, or GSLV-MK3.

Here's what you need to know about the Electron rocket, which is set to launch from New Zealand

Jason Davis • May 19, 2017 • 2

Rocket Lab's Electron, a light-lift launcher for small satellites, is ready to make its debut test flight from a peninsula in New Zealand.

Learn the rocket equation, part 2

David Shortt • May 05, 2017 • 2

In the second and final chapter of our series, we’ll explore what the rocket equation has to say about travel through the solar system, using the example of launching a rocket to Pluto.

Learn the rocket equation, part 1

David Shortt • April 28, 2017 • 2

Have you ever wanted to learn the fundamental physics behind one of the most basic concepts of rocket science? In part one of our two-part series, we explore the foundations of the famous rocket equation.

Long March 5 launch blasts China into age of space station and deep space exploration

Andrew Jones • November 03, 2016 • 3

Today, China launched its largest rocket yet, the Long March 5, from the new coastal launch center on Hainan Island. The launch is a major step forward on the country's path to deep space.

OSIRIS-REx is on the launch pad, ready for the big day

Emily Lakdawalla • September 02, 2016 • 6

The OSIRIS-REx mission passed its flight readiness review yesterday, clearing the way for the spacecraft to launch on Thursday, September 8. Here's a schedule of next week's NASA TV briefings and a photo album of the launch preparations.

Veteran space shuttle engine to be test-fired for SLS in Mississippi

Jason Davis • March 09, 2016

An veteran engine from the space shuttle program will be test-fired tomorrow at NASA's Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, kicking off the next round of Space Launch System flight preparations.

SLS Mockup Finds Path through Southern U.S.

Jason Davis • February 17, 2016

The SLS core stage pathfinder is a 65-meter-long, full-size mockup of the actual rocket's main section. Just like SLS, building, assembling and utilizing the pathfinder involves multiple contractors and NASA centers around the southern U.S.

SpaceX Falcon 9 Returns to Flight, Sticks Landing at Cape Canaveral

Jason Davis • December 21, 2015 • 2

SpaceX returned its Falcon 9 rocket to flight with flair tonight, successfully deploying 11 communications satellites after returning the rocket's first stage to Cape Canaveral for an upright landing.

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