SpaceXs Falcon Heavy rocket successfully completed its second launch and first operational mission on Thursday. After a 24-hour delay due to weather, the rocket launched from Launch Complex 39A at NASAs Kennedy Space Center at 6:35 p.m. local time. The Falcon Heavys payload was the Arabsat-6A, a telecommunications satellite that will deliver television, radio, internet and mobile communications to the Middle East, Africa and Europe.
Famed Apollo astronaut Michael Collins will be the featured guest at EAA AirVenture 2019s commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11s landing on the Sea of Tranquility. Collins will be joined by Joe Engle, another Apollo alumnus, but who never flew in that program. Engle did fly on the Space Shuttle and is the last living X-15 pilot. A second shuttle pilot, Charlie Precourt, will host the event, to be held on July 26 at AirVenture.
The FAA has proposed a new rule that aims to streamline and increase flexibility in federal commercial space transportation regulations. The FAA says the rule would consolidate and revise existing regulations along with defining safety requirements and how to get and maintain a vehicle operator license for commercial space travel.
The SpaceX Crew Dragons first test mission to the International Space Station (ISS) has come to a successful conclusion with a trouble-free, on-schedule splashdown at 8:45 a.m. EST on Friday. The mission netted the Crew Dragon several "firsts" for a commercially built and operated American crew spacecraft, including becoming the first to launch from American soil on a mission to the ISS, first to dock at the ISS and the first to dock autonomously.