Rocket League players must use an Epic Games account to access the game; Psyonix removes Quick Play in UI overhaul News thumbnail

Rocket League players must use an Epic Games account to access the game; Psyonix removes Quick Play in UI overhaul News

Having an Epic Games account is now a requirement to play Rocket League. (Image source: Psyonix)An Epic Games account is now a requirement to play Rocket League, as of the latest update for the game. There is now no way to play Rocket League without having an Epic Games account, and Epic Games will happily…

Rocket Lab Could Beat NASA Back to Venus in the Search for ET thumbnail

Rocket Lab Could Beat NASA Back to Venus in the Search for ET

Earlier this week, an international team of astronomers announced they had detected traces of phosphine, a simple molecule associated with living organisms, in the atmosphere of Venus. While it is not definitive proof of extraterrestrial life, it’s hard to explain without invoking extraterrestrial microbes floating in the acid clouds of Earth’s neighbor. The only way…

Rocket League goes free-to-play on September 23 thumbnail

Rocket League goes free-to-play on September 23

Something to look forward to: Everyone’s favorite competitive vehicle sports game, Rocket League, finally has a free-to-play launch date. The game will lose its upfront cost on September 23, and will instead be monetized exclusively through cosmetic microtransactions. If you’re like me and have held off on playing Rocket League due to its entry fee,…

Rocket Lab secretly launched its very first satellite, ‘First Light’ thumbnail

Rocket Lab secretly launched its very first satellite, ‘First Light’

Rocket Lab’s 14th mission, “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Optical,” had a stowaway aboard. The New Zealand launch company quietly included its first fully functioning satellite next to its paying customer’s payload. First Light, as it’s called, is a sort of tech demo intended to show how access to orbit doesn’t have to be, as…

Rocket Lab secretly launched its own company-made satellite on latest flight thumbnail

Rocket Lab secretly launched its own company-made satellite on latest flight

Small satellite launcher Rocket Lab says it has successfully flown one of its own satellites, demonstrating that the spacecraft’s design holds up in Earth orbit. It’s the first time the company has flown its in-house cylindrical spacecraft, known as the Photon, which Rocket Lab hopes to sell to customers for use in ambitious deep-space missions.…

Free-to-play ‘Rocket League’ won’t need PS Plus or Switch Online plans

The release of Rocket League’s massive gameplay redesign is mere weeks away and its developer, Psyonix, is sharing more details as to what gamers can expect once it does drop around mid-September. High on that list is the fact that neither Playstation or Switch owners will need to maintain an online subscription in order to…

How to watch Rocket Lab’s first launch since July’s mission failure thumbnail

How to watch Rocket Lab’s first launch since July’s mission failure

Rocket Lab is making the final preparations for its first launch since July 5 when a problem during the second-stage burn caused the loss of seven satellites built by three companies. The mission, called “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Optical,” will aim to deploy a 100kg-class microsatellite for San Francisco-based Capella Space, an information services…

Rocket Report: Raptor engine sets record, Northrop may say “Aloha!” to Omega thumbnail

Rocket Report: Raptor engine sets record, Northrop may say “Aloha!” to Omega

Let’s go to LEO — “There have been some issues that have been uncovered just recently.” Eric Berger – Aug 21, 2020 11:00 am UTC Enlarge / An Ariane 5 rocket lifts off on August 15, 2020.Welcome to Edition 3.13 of the Rocket Report! This week’s report is one of the longest ever, because there…

Rocket Report: SpaceX’s South Texas resort, the Air Force makes its picks thumbnail

Rocket Report: SpaceX’s South Texas resort, the Air Force makes its picks

Digging into the flame trench — “With God’s help, he will teach our technicians to make rockets.” Eric Berger – Aug 14, 2020 11:00 am UTC Enlarge / The Space Launch System rocket core stage is shown installed on the top-left side of the B-2 Test Stand at NASA’s Stennis Space Center.NASAWelcome to Edition 3.12…