Vulcan Completes Successful Debut, Peregrine in Jeopardy

Published by on 01/09/2024 UTC

On January 8th, 2024, at 2:18:34 AM, United Launch Alliance’s Vulcan rocket flew for the first time, carrying the Astrobotic Peregrine Lunar Lander towards the Moon. This historic first flight ushers in a new era of American rocketry, debuting a new generation of heavy lifters and ending reliance on the Russian RD-180. Despite the tremendous success of Vulcan, the Peregrine lander remains in peril, with the spacecraft encountering an anomaly after separation from the Centaur upper stage.

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