Spaceflight Insider

  • NOAA’s GOES-16 weather satellite to showcase its lightning detection capabilities

    Tomasz NowakowskiFebruary 21st NOAA’s new highly advanced GOES-16 (formerly known as GOES-R) weather satellite, which has just completed its third month in space, is expected to provide crucial data necessary to detect the presence of lightning earlier and better than before.

  • Cassini’s first flyby of Enceladus led to discovery of its subsurface ocean

    Laurel KornfeldFebruary 21st An unexpected finding during Cassini's first flyby of Saturn's moon Enceladus led to the discovery of its subsurface ocean, which could, possibly, host microbial life.

  • After multiple delays, Progress MS-05 set for launch

    Curt GodwinFebruary 20th Russia's state-run corporation for space activities, Roscosmos, is in the final stages of preparing to launch the Progress MS-05 cargo resupply spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS).

  • ULA gives sneak peek at SLS’ second stage before it gets shipped to Florida

    Curt GodwinFebruary 20th DECATUR, Ala. — United Launch Alliance invited media to their rocket factory in northern Alabama to get a look at the Interim Cryogenic Propulsion Stage flight hardware for NASA's Space Launch System. SpaceFlight Insider was on hand at this event and had a chance to speak with industry insiders.

  • Photo Gallery: CRS-10 launch and landing

    Mike DeepFebruary 20th KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — Leaving Terra firma on its first flight from historic Launch Complex 39A, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket sent the 10th Commercial Resupply Services (CRS-10) Dragon capsule into orbit. SpaceFlight Insider was there to capture the event.

  • Reaching for the stars: An interview with former NASA astronaut Mike Fossum

    Tomasz NowakowskiFebruary 20th In an interview with SpaceFlight Insider affiliate Astrowatch.net, veteran NASA astronaut Mike Fossum talked about his career as an astronaut, recollecting unforgettable and thrilling moments in space.

  • Dawn spacecraft finds evidence of organic materials on Ceres

    Jim SharkeyFebruary 19th NASA's Dawn spacecraft has detected evidence of organic materials on Ceres, a dwarf planet that is the largest object in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.

  • Technical issues delay historic LC-39A SpaceX launch

    Bart LeahyFebruary 18th KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — The launch of SpaceX’s CRS-10 Dragon capsule from the historic Launch Complex 39A has been scrubbed due to an issue with Falcon 9's upper stage thrust vector control system.

  • Shotwell, Cabana discuss SpaceX’s future

    Bart LeahyFebruary 18th KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — In front of Launch Complex 39A, SpaceX President and Chief Operating Officer Gwynne Shotwell, along with space center Director Bob Cabana, answered questions from a mixed crowd of journalists and invited social media enthusiasts.

  • KSC showcases its future as multi-user spaceport

    Bart LeahyFebruary 17th KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — NASA has made major strides in its seven-year effort to transform Kennedy Space Center (KSC) into a multi-user spaceport for both itself as well as private rocket companies.

  • NASA studying farming in space to support trips to Mars

    Bart LeahyFebruary 17th KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — Children might not want to hear this, but, if they want to be the first astronaut on Mars, they’ll need to eat their vegetables. To account for that painful truth, NASA has several space farming projects to ensure people living and working in space get fresh green stuff as part of their diet.

  • SpaceX Dragon delivering the science on CRS-10

    Bart LeahyFebruary 16th KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — For the first time since 2011, a rocket will be sending supplies and a collection of science experiments for the International Space Station (ISS) from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A). However, the Commercial Resupply Service (CRS) 10 mission, scheduled for Feb. 18, 2017, is not being flown by a NASA launch vehicle, but SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket...

  • After multiple delays, Progress MS-05 set for launch

    Curt GodwinFebruary 20th Russia's state-run corporation for space activities, Roscosmos, is in the final stages of preparing to launch the Progress MS-05 cargo resupply spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS).

  • ULA gives sneak peek at SLS’ second stage before it gets shipped to Florida

    Curt GodwinFebruary 20th DECATUR, Ala. — United Launch Alliance invited media to their rocket factory in northern Alabama to get a look at the Interim Cryogenic Propulsion Stage flight hardware for NASA's Space Launch System. SpaceFlight Insider was on hand at this event and had a chance to speak with industry insiders.

  • Reaching for the stars: An interview with former NASA astronaut Mike Fossum

    Tomasz NowakowskiFebruary 20th In an interview with SpaceFlight Insider affiliate Astrowatch.net, veteran NASA astronaut Mike Fossum talked about his career as an astronaut, recollecting unforgettable and thrilling moments in space.

  • Technical issues delay historic LC-39A SpaceX launch

    Bart LeahyFebruary 18th KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — The launch of SpaceX’s CRS-10 Dragon capsule from the historic Launch Complex 39A has been scrubbed due to an issue with Falcon 9's upper stage thrust vector control system.

  • Shotwell, Cabana discuss SpaceX’s future

    Bart LeahyFebruary 18th KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — In front of Launch Complex 39A, SpaceX President and Chief Operating Officer Gwynne Shotwell, along with space center Director Bob Cabana, answered questions from a mixed crowd of journalists and invited social media enthusiasts.

  • KSC showcases its future as multi-user spaceport

    Bart LeahyFebruary 17th KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — NASA has made major strides in its seven-year effort to transform Kennedy Space Center (KSC) into a multi-user spaceport for both itself as well as private rocket companies.

  • SpaceX Dragon delivering the science on CRS-10

    Bart LeahyFebruary 16th KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — For the first time since 2011, a rocket will be sending supplies and a collection of science experiments for the International Space Station (ISS) from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A). However, the Commercial Resupply Service (CRS) 10 mission, scheduled for Feb. 18, 2017, is not being flown by a NASA launch vehicle, but SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket.

  • Trump space advisors considering Hubble servicing mission

    Bart LeahyFebruary 16th The Wall Street Journal reports that Trump administration advisers are considering a public-private crewed mission aboard the Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) Dream Chaser spacecraft to keep the aging Hubble Space Telescope (HST) operational. The proposed mission, which would not happen before 2019, would require support from the next NASA administrator.

  • NASA studying the possibility of adding crew to EM-1

    Curt GodwinFebruary 16th On Feb. 15, 2017, Robert Lightfoot, NASA's acting administrator, announced that he was ordering a study on the feasibility of adding a crew to Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1). This would mark a significant change from the agency's current mission roadmap, which has EM-1 flying uncrewed in 2018, with crew ultimately launching several years later on EM-2.

  • OSIRIS-REx begins search for Earth-Trojan asteroids

    Jim SharkeyFebruary 15th On Feb. 9, NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft began searching for an elusive type of near-Earth object known as Earth-Trojan asteroids. The spacecraft, currently on a two-year outbound journey to the asteroid Bennu, will spend nearly two weeks looking for evidence of these small bodies.

  • Record 104 satellites launched atop Indian PSLV rocket

    Derek RichardsonFebruary 15th In its first launch of the year, India sent a record 104 satellites into space atop the country's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle. The mission, PSLV-C37, lifted off at 10:58 p.m. EST Feb. 14 (03:58 GMT Feb. 15) from the First Launch Pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre.

  • Arianespace successfully deploys two communication satellites in first Ariane 5 launch of 2017

    Curt GodwinFebruary 14th Arianespace notched another successful mission with the launch of its Ariane 5 rocket with two communication satellites – SKY Brasil-1 and Telkom 3S. This marks the first Ariane 5 launch of the year for Arianespace and follows their successful Soyuz launch just 17 days prior.

  • Arianespace preps 2 satellites for launch atop workhorse Ariane 5

    Curt GodwinFebruary 13th With its Launch Readiness Review complete, Arianespace continues to make preparations to launch its first Ariane 5 rocket of 2017. The delivery into space of two communications satellites, SKY Brasil-1 and Telkom 3S, is scheduled for the beginning of an 86-minute launch window that opens at 4:39 p.m. EST (21:39 GMT) on Feb. 14, 2017.

  • Falcon 9 static fire test performed at LC-39A

    Derek RichardsonFebruary 12th KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — Launch Complex 39A roared to life for the first time since the end of the Space Shuttle era, albeit for only a few seconds, as SpaceX conducted a static test fire of its Falcon 9 rocket.

  • SpaceX Falcon 9 vertical at historic Launch Complex 39A

    Derek RichardsonFebruary 10th KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — In a sign that SpaceX is finally ready to launch from Kennedy Space Center's historic Launch Complex 39A, the company rolled its Falcon 9, mounted atop a brand-new transporter erector, up the incline to the top of the pad.

  • NanoRacks’ proposed airlock paves way for a more commercial ISS

    Derek RichardsonFebruary 10th In early February, NASA accepted a proposal from NanoRacks to send the first commercial airlock to the International Space Station in 2019. This milestone is only the latest of many that has seen the orbiting laboratory gain increased commercial use.

  • Insider Exclusive: JSC’s Astronaut Office innovating a path forward

    Jason RhianFebruary 10th HOUSTON, Texas — A model of NASA's Orion spacecraft is prominently placed within the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility at NASA's Johnson Space Center. We sat down with Rick Mastracchio, a four-time spaceflight veteran with more than 227 days on orbit about how the Astronaut Office at JSC is working to make the agency's new Orion spacecraft more self-sufficient than those that preceded it.

  • First SpaceX flight from Launch Complex 39A slated for Feb. 18

    Bart LeahyFebruary 8th KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — The launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with NASA's CRS-10 is targeted for Feb. 18 and will herald the rebirth of one of Kennedy Space Center's most iconic launch sites.

  • Tornado damages NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility

    Jason RhianFebruary 7th NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF) was the site of a confirmed tornado strike at 11:25 a.m. CST (12:25 p.m. EST / 17:25 GMT). So far, only minor injuries have been reported and NASA is accounting for all of its personnel and contractors as well as assessing damage caused by the storm.

  • Bill introduced to redirect NASA to Moon, establish sustained presence

    Derek RichardsonFebruary 7th A bill that would direct NASA to return to the Moon and establish a sustained presence was referred to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology on Feb. 3, 2017.