Spaceflight Insider

Staff/About / Editors

JASON RHIAN – SENIOR EDITOR / FOUNDER

SpaceFlight Insider Jason Rhian at NASA Wallops Flight FacilityJason Rhian departed a career in law enforcement to pursue his dream of bringing the story of space exploration to the world. He has successfully interned with NASA – not once but twice. The first was in 2007 at Kennedy Space Center’s press site, the second was for NASA’s Exploration Mission Directorate in 2009. Shortly after completing both – Rhian spent countless hours volunteering for the space agency to better understand the dynamics involved with reporting on the space program. This was just the beginning. He began corresponding for a number of media outlets and his content has appeared on MSNBC.com, Space.com, The Mars Society, The National Space Society, Aviation Week and Space Technology, Universe Today and many others. Rhian has now opted to focus his efforts on SpaceFlight Insider – where he strives to provide the public with a unique, unbiased venue into space exploration efforts.

Rhian and SpaceFlight Insider have developed superb working relationships with most reputable space-related organizations and have been provided with exclusive access numerous times. Once forming SFI, Rhian opted to train and equip volunteers; space enthusiasts who wanted to learn more and contribute to the world’s understanding of space exploration. This approach has been warmly received and SpaceFlight Insider boasts an impressive array of partners, sponsors and affiliates that include, the Florida Institute of Technology, The Mars Society, The National Space Society, Space Florida, Space Safety Magazine, Orbital ATK, Lockheed Martin, rocketSTEM, Talking Space and an array of others.  @SpaceflightIns

DEREK RICHARDSON – MANAGING EDITOR

Derek Richardson SpaceFlight Insider WriterDerek Richardson has a degree in mass media, with an emphasis in contemporary journalism, from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. While at Washburn, he was the managing editor of the student run newspaper, the Washburn Review. He also has a blog about the International Space Station, called Orbital Velocity. He met with members of the SpaceFlight Insider team during the flight of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 551 rocket with the MUOS-4 satellite. Richardson joined our team shortly thereafter.

His passion for space ignited when he watched Space Shuttle Discovery launch into space Oct. 29, 1998. Today, this fervor has accelerated toward orbit and shows no signs of slowing down. After dabbling in math and engineering courses in college, he soon realized his true calling was communicating to others about space. Since joining SpaceFlight Insider in 2015, Richardson has worked to increase the quality of our content, eventually becoming our managing editor. You can see his portfolio here. @rac_ceo

EDWARD ELLEGOOD – ASSISTANT EDITOR

Director of Aerosapce Development Edward Ellegood posted on SpaceFlight InsiderEdward Ellegood has served as Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Director of Aerospace Development as well as a space policy analyst. The owner of the FLORIDA SPACErePORT, Ellegood is well-versed on all matters relating to space and specializes in state government efforts to develop spaceports and space transportation. He lives in Cocoa Beach, Florida, and is involved in several local space advocacy groups.

Ellegood has a long history with SpaceFlight Insider and, in an effort to improve the quality of our content, he rejoined our professional institution in the fall of 2016. With his wealth of experience, Ellegood’s role as assistant editor, serves to provide an extra layer of editorial coverage for our articles

LAURA GRAYSON – COPY EDITOR

laura-grayson-on-spaceflight-insiderLaura Grayson is a contemporary science fiction and fantasy author and co-creator of Dark Wings Digest magazine. Though she recently made the decision to pursue writing as a full-time career, her lifelong passion for science didn’t go away when she left the lab.

To Grayson, the prospects of space flight are the same as those of modern genetics: a future with endless possibilities. Grayson hopes to encourage wider interest in science by making information like this more readily available and more easily understood by all readers – which makes her a perfect fit for the SpaceFlight Insider team. For more information on Grayson, check out: DarkWingsDigest on Facebook

SHANNON MOORE – SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR

Shannon Moore at STS-135Shannon Moore is a graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio and a social media professional, web developer, writer, and photographer. Her work has been featured on various aerospace, aviation, and conservation publications, as well as her own websites.

A lifelong space geek, Shannon attended Space Camp in 1987 and has followed every crewed and uncrewed mission before and since. She is drawn to space exploration and spaceflight for the awe, inspiration, and human stories involved in every mission, and her goal is sharing that with others through her work — either in photographs, writing, or social media. Some of her photography can be found on Flickr. More from Shannon: ageekmom.com / @ageekmom

Alex Hounchell – Social Media Assistant

Alex Hounchell SpaceFlight Insider social media assistantAlex Hounchell grew up in the small town of Hoyt, Kansas. He graduated from Royal Valley High School. Later Hounchell would go on to write books, and shortly after he graduated from Washburn University with a bachelor’s degree in English. Given the volunteer nature of SpaceFlight Insider, Hounchell was selected to assist in growing our various social media accounts, with a special focus on Twitter and YouTube. 

Hounchell was recruited by SpaceFlight Insider’s managing editor, Derek Richardson. His Twitter handle is: @inferno4dante