Tomasz NowakowskiJune 29th A Terrier-Improved Orion suborbital sounding rocket successfully lifted off at 6:06 a.m. EDT on Friday, June 24, carrying students' expe...
Tomasz NowakowskiJune 29th Sierra Nevada Corporation’s (SNC) Dream Chaser winged spacecraft could be soon flying under a United Nations (UN) agenda. On Tuesday,...
Laurel KornfeldJune 28th Argo Chasma, a huge canyon located on the eastern limb of Pluto's largest moon, Charon, is longer, deeper, and more complex than...
Tomasz NowakowskiJune 28th A scaled-down model of China’s future re-entry capsule – launched aboard the Long March 7 rocket on its inaugural flight – has suc...
Jason RhianJune 28th PROMONTORY, Utah ― Orbital ATK and NASA are poised to conduct the final test of the five-segment solid rocket booster design that will...
Jim SharkeyJune 27th Researchers using data from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover have found an unexpected mineral in a rock sample at Gale Crater. The dis...
Matthew KuhnsJune 26th It was a star-studded gala Thursday evening when more than 450 guests, four Apollo astronauts, and three Apollo flight controllers and...
Curt GodwinJune 26th On June 28, 2016, Orbital ATK will once again test the new five-segment solid rocket booster (SRB), dubbed Qualification Motor-2 (QM-2)....
Jacques van OeneJune 26th COLOGNE, Germany — On Tuesday, June 22, European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake gave his first press conference three days after lan...
Tomasz NowakowskiJune 25th China successfully carried out the first launch of its next-generation Long March 7 rocket. The country’s most powerful launcher took...
Bart LeahyJune 25th An industry-led policy paper released by the Coalition for Deep Space Exploration on June 21 recommends the next U.S. President and Cong...
Mike DeepJune 24th The United Launch Alliance launched their Atlas V rocket with the fifth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS-5), the final spacecraft in a...
Tomasz NowakowskiJune 29th Sierra Nevada Corporation’s (SNC) Dream Chaser winged spacecraft could be soon flying under a United Nations (UN) agenda. On Tuesday, June 28, the Sparks, Nevada-based company announced that it had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) to provide affordable opportunities for UN member states in order to conduct experiments in space.
Jason RhianJune 28th PROMONTORY, Utah ― Orbital ATK and NASA are poised to conduct the final test of the five-segment solid rocket booster design that will be used on NASA's new super-heavy rocket, the Space Launch System or SLS. SpaceFlight Insider is live at Orbital ATK's test facilities in Utah and is currently planning on beginning our live webcast at 7 a.m. MDT (9 a.m. EDT / 13:00 GMT). We have an array of guests lined up, as well as exclusive video segments and more!
Curt GodwinJune 26th On June 28, 2016, Orbital ATK will once again test the new five-segment solid rocket booster (SRB), dubbed Qualification Motor-2 (QM-2). A pair of these boosters will be used to help launch NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) on the agency’s "Journey to Mars", beginning with the rocket’s first, uncrewed launch, EM-1, currently slated for the latter half of 2018.
Jacques van OeneJune 26th COLOGNE, Germany — On Tuesday, June 22, European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake gave his first press conference three days after landing back on Earth in a Soyuz descent module. Peake gave a presentation at the European Astronaut Centre (EAC) in Cologne, Germany, where he provided details about his mission.
Tomasz NowakowskiJune 25th China successfully carried out the first launch of its next-generation Long March 7 rocket. The country’s most powerful launcher took to the skies at 8 p.m. Beijing time (12:00 GMT) on Saturday, June 25, from Site LC-2 at the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center on the island of Hainan. It was carrying a prototype of a re-entry capsule and several small satellites.
Bart LeahyJune 24th On a sunny, sticky day at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 41 (SLC-41), the United Launch Alliance (ULA) celebrated its seventh flight of the Atlas V 551 (the 63rd Atlas V mission overall) with the successful launch of the U.S. Navy’s fifth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS-5) satellite.
Tomasz NowakowskiJune 24th China is about to introduce to the world its Long March 7 rocket, the newest addition to the country’s fast expanding fleet of launch vehicles. The booster is expected to blast off from the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center, located on the island of Hainan, sometime on Saturday, June 25.
Jason RhianJune 23rd On Feb. 24, 1997, a fire broke out on the Russian space station Mir. Although the three crew members were able to get it under control, the incident could have resulted in the loss of the station as well as the crew. To prevent a repeat occurrence, NASA recently conducted the Saffire experiment to gain a better understanding of the dynamics of flame in space.
Derek RichardsonJune 22nd After being delayed a month-and-a-half due to a March 2016 in-flight anomaly, the United Launch Alliance (ULA) is gearing up to fly its next Atlas V rocket. The payload for this mission is the U.S. Navy’s fifth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS-5).
Tomasz NowakowskiJune 22nd India has successfully launched its flagship PSLV rocket carrying a record number of 20 satellites. The launch occurred as planned at 9:26 a.m. local time (03:56 GMT) from the Second Launch Pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota.
Curt GodwinJune 21st NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) has taken another step in its preparation for a projected 2018 launch with the arrival of the rocket's upper stage Structural Test Article (STA). The Boeing-built Interim Cryogenic Propulsion Stage (ICPS) STA arrived at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC), after a short barge trip from United Launch Alliance's (ULA) facility in Decatur, Alabama.
Scott JohnsonJune 21st Aerojet Rocketdyne (Rocketdyne) announced on June 17 that its AR1 engine preburner had achieved full-power—verifying injector design parameters—during a series of tests earlier this month at NASA’s Stennis Space Center (SSC) in Mississippi.
Michael ColeJune 20th NASA Commercial Crew Astronaut Suni Williams was the special guest speaker last week at an Open House Event held at NASA's Plum Brook Station testing facility in Sandusky, Ohio. Plum Brook Station is the sister facility of the NASA Glenn Research Center in nearby Cleveland. During her visit, Williams provided an update on NASA's Commercial Crew Program.
Tomasz NowakowskiJune 20th ISRO is about to send a record number of 20 satellites in a single mission. India's flagship PSLV booster will take to the skies on Wednesday, June 22, from the Second Launch Pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, to orbit a panoply of spacecraft for various customers around the world. Liftoff is scheduled to take place at 9:26 a.m. local time (03:56 GMT).
Derek RichardsonJune 19th Rising into the West Texas skies for the fourth time in seven months was Blue Origin’s reusable New Shepard rocket and capsule. The goal of this uncrewed flight was to test a “failure mode” of the systems crew capsule’s parachute.
Jose FloresJune 18th After a delay of just over one week and two scrubbed attempts, Guiana Space Centre's launch pad ELA-3 came to life at 5:38 p.m. EDT (21:38 GMT) for the third time in 2016 as an Ariane 5, carrying the EchoStar 18 and BRIsat communications satellites, raced into the late afternoon sky on June 18.
Jim SharkeyJune 18th NASA held a media briefing on Thursday, June 16, to discuss the July 4th arrival of the Juno spacecraft at Jupiter. As of Thursday, the solar-powered spacecraft, which is roughly the size of a basketball court, was 18 days and 8.6 million miles (13.8 million kilometers) from Jupiter.
Derek RichardsonJune 18th Blazing through the atmosphere, three members of the International Space Station’s (ISS) Expedition 47 crew returned to Earth on June 18 in their Soyuz spacecraft. The capsule descending through mid-afternoon skies above the Steppe of Kazakhstan some 300 miles (480 kilometers) east of where they launched in December.
Larry KlaesJune 17th The International Space Station’s (ISS) first expandable addition, known as the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM), passed its initial inspection by two of the station’s residents. Additionally, NASA recently released high-resolution photos of the modules interior and exterior.
Larry KlaesJune 17th When ULA's Atlas V rocket sent the OA-6 Cygnus cargo vessel, the S.S. Rick Husband, to the International Space Station (ISS) on March 22, 2016, mission controllers detected an anomaly as the rocket headed into low-Earth orbit with its several tons of important supplies and equipment for the astronauts aboard the station.
A Terrier-Improved Orion suborbital sounding rocket successfully lifted off at 6:06 a.m. EDT on Friday, June 24, carrying students' experiments. The launch was conducted by NASA from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.
Argo Chasma, a huge canyon located on the eastern limb of Pluto's largest moon, Charon, is longer, deeper, and more complex than the Grand Canyon on Earth.
A scaled-down model of China’s future re-entry capsule – launched aboard the Long March 7 rocket on its inaugural flight – has successfully touched down in the Badain Jaran Desert in Northwest China. The landing occurred at exactly 3:41 a.m. EDT (07:41 GMT) on Sunday, June 26.
Researchers using data from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover have found an unexpected mineral in a rock sample at Gale Crater. The discovery may change our understanding of how Mars evolved.
It was a star-studded gala Thursday evening when more than 450 guests, four Apollo astronauts, and three Apollo flight controllers and an engineer attended an event at the San Diego Air and Space Museum. The reception was held in the museum where guests could talk to the astronauts next to the Apollo 9 capsule, while the dinner was held under the historic aircraft on display in the Pavilion of Flight.
An industry-led policy paper released by the Coalition for Deep Space Exploration on June 21 recommends the next U.S. President and Congress preserve U.S. global leadership in space by continuing a bipartisan path to Mars, in keeping with the 2010 NASA Authorization Act.
The next launch of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket has been pushed back by two days to July 18. The mission is set to launch the next Dragon cargo ship to the International Space Station (ISS). Also this week, Port Canaveral recently proposed a new wharfage fee for large aerospace item moving across the Canaveral docks.
Pluto's recent geological activity, as observed by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, suggests that the small world still has a subsurface liquid ocean beneath its shell of ice.
On June 20, 1996, at 10:49 a.m. EDT (14:49 GMT), Space Shuttle Columbia lifted off from Pad B at Launch Complex 39 at Kennedy Space Center, Florida. It was the start of a 17-day mission of scientific experimentation in the Spacelab module that was stowed in Columbia's Payload Bay. STS-78 would enter into history as the second-longest shuttle mission behind STS-80.
NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center and prime contractor Teledyne Brown unveiled a completed structural test article of the Space Launch System's (SLS) Launch Vehicle Stage Adapter (LVSA). The flight version of this hollow cone-shaped segment will connect the 8.4-meter-diameter SLS core stage to the 4.8-meter-diameter Interim Cryogenic Propulsion System (ICPS).
The European-Russian ExoMars spacecraft has just taken a sneak peek of its target destination through its camera lens. Although in low-resolution, the image marks an important milestone for mission scientists, proving the imaging instrument on board the orbiter works as expected.
Orbital ATK is working toward returning the company's Antares 230 rocket to conduct the first flight of the newly re-engined Antares 230 launch vehicle sometime in August. The flight was slated to take place from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Regional Spaceport's (MARS) Pad-0A.
The launch of an Ariane 5 rocket with two U.S.-built communications satellites was scrubbed today, June 17, because of unfavorable upper-level winds. This comes after a 24-hour delay due to a problem with an umbilical connection.
NASA is continuing its testing of the Orion spacecraft, including different splashdown scenarios, at the agency's Langley Research Center located in Virginia by splashing the spacecraft into the 20-foot (6.1-meter) deep Hydro Impact Basin, NASA is also checking out the interior with a pair of simulated seats and crew members—crash-test dummies.
After decades of trying to determine patterns in Martian dust storms from images showing the dust, a team of researchers has found that the clearest pattern can be discerned by measuring the temperature of the Martian atmosphere. The scientists found a pattern of three types of large regional dust storms that occur in the same sequence each year during spring and summer in the southern hemisphere of Mars.
The latest image released by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft mission team centers on a dark region of rugged highlands known as Krun Macula, which borders the bottom of Sputnik Planum, the icy plain comprising the left side of Pluto's 'heart'.
At the 44th Space Congress held in Cape Canaveral on May 25, Bob Richards, co-founder, President, and CEO of Moon Express, declared that “Government policy has become the highest risk to development” in space. As a contender in the Google Lunar X Prize, Richards would be in a good position to know: Moon Express has become the first private company to seek permission to send a spacecraft beyond Earth orbit to the surface of the Moon.
A new European project has been given the ambitious goal of cleaning up space for future generations. The Technology for Self-Removal of Spacecraft (TeSeR) program, introduced in May 2016, is being held to develop a prototype for a module which will ensure that a defunct spacecraft possesses no danger for other vehicles in space.