TORONTO, Canada — NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden met with the Indian Space Research Organization’s (ISRO) chariman, K. Radhakrishnan on Tuesday, Sept. 30 to sign documents launching a join satellite mission to observe the Earth, as well as laying the ground work for future Martian exploration missions. The NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperature Radar (NISAR ) mission will launch in […]
Fresh off the announcement that the Dream Chaser spacecraft would not proceed to the Commercial Crew transportation Capability (CCtCap) phase of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), Dream Chaser’s manufacturer announced it will be offering up mini shuttle to other investors. The company recently unveiled its Global Project spaceflight program at the 65th […]
Expressing satisfaction over the success of the Indian Space Research Organization’s (ISRO) Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), K. Sivan, director of the Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre at Valiamala said on Friday, Sept. 26 that the life of the orbiter may be extended to one year from the planned six months.
Encouraged by the successful Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM ) that reached the Red Planet this week, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) scientists dream big of further space exploration, pondering future Mars missions. One of them is the former ISRO chairman Udupi Ramachandra Rao, popularly known as U. R. Rao.
China has orbited a new satellite from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on Sunday, Sept. 28. Utilizing their Long March 2C (Chang Zheng 2C) launch vehicle, the mission involved another of the secretive Shijian-11-07 (SJ-11) series of “experimental satellites.” Liftoff took place at 0513 UTC according to Chinese reports. Little is known about this series […]
Russia’s Proton-M carrier rocket, which lifted off from Baikonur space launch facility in Kazakhstan early on Sunday, has put the Briz-M rocket booster and the Russian relay satellite Luch in the interim orbit, the press service of the Russian Space Agency (Roscosmos) reported. The rocket lifted off as scheduled on Sept. 28, 2014, at 00:23 Moscow […]
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla — Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX ) has begun making changes to historic Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A), the site where Apollo 11, the first lunar landing mission, and numerous other crewed flights got their start. These include many Space Shuttle missions, including the very first flight of one of the orbiters, STS-1 – with […]
Russia’s Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) will not decide on a leading designer of a new super-heavy booster rocket until the end of this year, Roscosmos head Oleg Ostapenko said on Friday, September 26. A competition for the powerful launch vehicle has not been held yet, he said.
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla — Just 10 days after the Sept. 16 announcement that NASA had selected Boeing’s CST-100 and Dragon V2 spacecraft to move forward on the final phase of NASA’s Commercial Crew transportation Capability contract – the U.S. Space Agency is looking to deepen its ties with commercial partners. NASA has issued a […]
According to reports appearing on Florida Today , Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC ) has laid off employees who were working on the company’s offering under NASA’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP ), the Dream Chaser space plane. SNC has also stated that it will continue to develop the spacecraft for possible use with other nations’ human-rated space […]
On September 26, 1997, six NASA astronauts and one Russian cosmonaut launched on Space Shuttle Atlantis from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex-39A in Florida to complete its seventh docking to the Mir space station. This mission carried SPACEHAB, the double module used for docking with Mir for cargo transfer and astronaut exchange. The previous Shuttle-Mir missions were STS-71, […]
The crew of Expedition 41 successfully launched at 4:25 p.m. EDT (2025 GMT) to the the International Space Station (ISS ) from the LC-1 launch pad located at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Soyuz Commander Alexander Samokutyaev and Flight Engineers Barry Wilmore and Elena Serova lifted off on what is planned as a six-hour, four-orbit ride […]
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla – The Countdown Clock located at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida is one of the more iconic structures located at the center. The Countdown Clock has been at the Kennedy Space Center Press Site since the Apollo era. With space flight now entering a new age, NASA is looking to replace […]
The movement to replace the Russian-made RD-180 rocket engine is picking up speed. United Launch Alliance (ULA ) and Blue Origin recently announced that the BE-4 rocket engine, produced by Blue Origin LLC, will be developed to replace the RD-180. Not to be outdone, Utah-based ATK has announced that it has provided the United States […]
NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN ) spacecraft has beamed back its first observations of the red planet’s extended upper atmosphere. The spacecraft returned these findings within 24 hours of arriving in orbit above the Red Planet. The Martian satellite was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 41 (SLC-41) atop a […]
Beginning with the launch of SpaceX CRS-4 on Sept. 21 and the successful docking of its Dragon cargo capsule, the International Space Station is experiencing quite a busy week. The excitement is not over yet however, as the orbital laboratory is preparing for another visit. This time, the space station will welcome more than just cargo […]
Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) successfully launched its fourth commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station on Sunday, September 21. Following a two-day journey, the Dragon capsule successfully completed its berthing procedure. NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman and European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut manned the controls of the station’s robotic Canadarm2 and successfully grappled the Dragon […]
As of 10:30 p.m. EDT (0800 Indian Standard Time), the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) became the fourth space agency to successfully place a satellite in Mars’ orbit. The Mars Orbiter Mission probe launched on November 5, 2013 and has traveled 484 million miles (780 million km) to reach this milestone.
BOCA CHICA, TX — Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX ) broke ground on Monday Sept. 22 at the site near Boca Chica Beach in Cameron County, Texas, where it plans to build a commercial rocket launch site. As SpaceX CEO and Founder Elon Musk lifted a shovel of dirt, his ultimate goal of developing technology to enable trips to Mars took […]
Almost exactly a year before its scheduled Pluto flyby, the New Horizons spacecraft, using its Long Range Reconnaissance Imager, photographed Hydra, one of the planet’s four tiny moons. The mission team did not expect to detect the tiny moon until January 2015, at which point the spacecraft will be twice as close to the Pluto […]