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News Archive / Author: Bart Leahy

Bart Leahy is a freelance technical writer living in Orlando, Florida. Leahy's diverse career has included work for The Walt Disney Company, NASA, the Department of Defense, Nissan, a number of commercial space companies, small businesses, nonprofits, as well as the Science Cheerleaders.

Articles By Bart Leahy

  • Orbital ATK’s DeMauro: SLS could launch clustered groups of Cygnus spacecraft

    April 29th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — SpaceFlight Insider sat down with Orbital ATK's Frank DeMauro the day before the launch of the OA-7 "S.S. John Glenn" Cygnus spacecraft atop a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V. DeMauro talked about Cygnus launch operations as well as its future uses.

  • SpaceX ready to launch its first dedicated NRO mission

    April 28th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Two days before SpaceX is scheduled to launch its first dedicated National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) mission, all appears to be go for NROL-76. The Falcon 9 is scheduled to launch sometime between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. EDT (11:00 and 13:00 GMT) April 30, 2017.

  • University students testing space technologies on ZERO-G aircraft

    April 27th, 2017

    ORLANDO, Fla. — Students from three U.S. universities (the University of Florida, Carthage College, and the University of Maryland) have been using Zero Gravity Corporation’s microgravity Boeing 727-200 aircraft, dubbed "G-FORCE ONE", to test useful space technologies.

  • ‘Oh, that view is tremendous’: ULA sends ‘S.S. John Glenn’ Cygnus to ISS

    April 18th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The seventh Orbital ATK OA-7 Cygnus cargo vehicle took to the near-perfect morning skies above Florida atop a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket.

  • OA-7 Cygnus set to bring science and supplies to ISS

    April 16th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Orbital ATK’s OA-7 Cygnus spacecraft, named S.S. John Glenn in honor of America’s first orbital astronaut, is set to launch over 7,500 pounds of supplies and equipment to the International Space Station (ISS).

  • Blue Origin looking to make a ‘Blue Moon’

    April 12th, 2017

    In the last year, Blue Origin pushed its New Shepard suborbital vehicle in more complex tests, unveiled a reusable orbital rocket, and broke ground on a new factory in Florida. Now the company is looking one step further, revealing a design for a lunar lander at the 33rd Space Symposium.

  • Twice-launched Falcon 9 first stage returned to Port Canaveral

    April 4th, 2017

    PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. — Just before 7 a.m. EDT (11:00 GMT) Tuesday, April 4, 2017, SpaceX’s Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship "Of Course I Still Love You" entered the port carrying the first successfully reflown first stage of an orbital-class rocket, the Falcon 9.

  • Jeff Bezos teases New Shepard capsule interior

    March 29th, 2017

    In a March 29, 2017, email, Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos revealed additional progress on the company’s New Shepard suborbital space tourism capsule. Instead of focusing on spaceflight technologies, the latest images coming out of the company show tantalizing photos of the ship’s interior.

  • Strikes in French Guiana halt launches at Guiana Space Centre

    March 29th, 2017

    KOUROU, French Guiana — Mass protests, driven by unions and public outcry over crime rates and unemployment issues, have shut down operations at France’s Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana. While space exploration is not a central issue in the protests, union members have gone on strike at the spaceport to call attention to the problems facing the French department.

  • Delta IV launches WGS-9 to expand defense communications

    March 18th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — After a number of postponements, and a technical glitch at T-minus 4 minutes, United Launch Alliance's (ULA) Delta IV Medium+ (5,4) rocket finally got off the ground with the Department of Defense's ninth Wideband Global SATCOM satellite (WGS-9). The after twilight launch took place at 8:18 p.m. EDT March 18 (00:18 GMT March 19), 2017, from Space Launch Complex 37.

  • U.S Air Force awards SpaceX $96.5M contract to launch GPS III satellite

    March 16th, 2017

    HAWTHORNE, Calif. — For the second time in two years, Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) has been awarded a contract to launch a payload for the U.S. Department of Defense. This award is a vote of confidence in SpaceX’s ongoing launch operations.

  • ULA to launch WGS-9 comsat to continue updating defense communications

    March 16th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — After a delay of more than one week, United Launch Alliance (ULA) is preparing to launch the ninth planned Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-9) spacecraft aboard a Delta IV Medium+ (5,4) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex (SLC) 37 on March 18, 2017.

  • Traffic Jam: Space Coast could see 3 launches in 8 days

    March 12th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Three different rockets are expected to take to the skies from the Space Coast in as little as eight days. March 2017 is expected to be a busy month in a year that could see as many as 30 rockets lift off from one of the busiest spaceports in the world.

  • EchoStar 23 launch postponed to NET March 14

    March 8th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — SpaceX’s second Falcon 9 to fly out of Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) will likely lift off no earlier than March 14, 2017. This postponement could be the result of delays with the static fire test.

  • OneWeb investor to buy legacy satellite provider Intelsat

    March 4th, 2017

    TOKYO, Japan — On February 28, SoftBank Group Corp., a 40 percent partner in the satellite internet company OneWeb Ltd., announced that it will buy up Intelsat SA in a debt-swap deal that injects $1.7 billion into Intelsat and reduces the legacy satellite company’s debt by $3.6 billion. The merged entity will provide global communications and high-speed internet worldwide.