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2020-05-27T20:21:55+00:00
Update: NASA's SpaceX Demo-2 launch aborted

NASA's SpaceX Demo-2 launch has been aborted due to bad weather conditions. The launch can not be postponed today as it was instantaneous. The mission will be resumed on Saturday.

Science • Space
2020-05-26T21:02:43+00:00
SpaceX raises $346 million a day before of debut astronaut mission
Crew Dragon
Crew Dragon Credit: NASA

SpaceX on Tuesday announced it raised an additional $346.2 million to its current round of financing, totalling $567 million. The closing of this round happens a day before the company launches two American astronauts to the International Space Station.
Valued at around $36 billion, SpaceX remains one of the most valuable non-listed companies in the world.

Science • Space
2020-05-26T13:26:55+00:00
Virgin Orbit’s fails on first orbital test flight
Cosmic Girl releases LauncherOne mid-air for the first time during a July 2019 drop test
Cosmic Girl releases LauncherOne mid-air for the first time during a July 2019 drop test Credit: Virgin Orbit

Virgin Orbit has failed in its test launch of a LauncherOne rocket carried by a Boeing 747. The launch was the first attempt to an end-to-end system test, but the test ended shortly after LauncherOne was released from the 'Cosmic Girl' Boeing 747.
“Our team performed their prelaunch and flight operations with incredible skill today. Test flights are instrumented to yield data and we now have a treasure trove of that. We accomplished many of the goals we set for ourselves, though not as many as we would have liked,” said Virgin Orbit CEO Dan Hart. “Nevertheless, we took a big step forward today. Our engineers are already poring through the data. Our next rocket is waiting. We will learn, adjust, and begin preparing for our next test, which is coming up soon.”

Science • Space
2020-05-22T10:12:54+00:00
Ariane 6 maiden flight likely delayed to 2021
Artistic view of Ariane 6 rocket with four boosters
Artistic view of Ariane 6 rocket with four boosters Credit: ESA

Arianespace and the European Space Agency (ESA) say that their plans for the debut flight of the Ariane 6 launch rocket have been delayed into 2021, due to the Covid-19 pandemic that slowed or halted work on development projects related to the rocket.
Ariane 6 is the long-awaited replacement for the reliable Ariane 5 rocket and planned to be a valid financial competitor to SpaceX.