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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

  • 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.

  • Automated flight safety improving space access

    March 2nd, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — After supporting over 3,500 launches in the past 70 years, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) faces a busy 2017. With a scheduled flight manifest of some 30 launches, the Eastern Range is changing the way it handles flight safety to satisfy a wider array of customers.

  • Rebirth: Launch Complex 39A begins new life with SpaceX CRS-10 launch

    February 19th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — Launch Complex 39A began its third career after serving as the site for historic Apollo and Space Shuttle launches. Today it welcomed its first commercial launch, with SpaceX sending into space the Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) 10 Dragon spacecraft perched atop a "Full Thrust" Falcon 9 rocket.

  • Technical issues delay historic LC-39A SpaceX launch

    February 18th, 2017

    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

    February 18th, 2017

    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

    February 17th, 2017

    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

    February 17th, 2017

    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

    February 16th, 2017

    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

    February 16th, 2017

    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.

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

    February 8th, 2017

    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.