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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

  • SpaceX’s CRS-12 mission sends experiments, crew supplies to space station

    August 14th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — Without so much as a flinch, SpaceX sent the CRS-12 Dragon cargo spacecraft off to the International Space Station. Liftoff took place at 12:31 p.m. EDT (16:31 GMT) Aug. 14, 2017, within its one-second "instantaneous" launch window. This flight is poised to deliver more than 6,400 pounds (2,900 kilograms) of equipment and supplies to the orbiting outpost in the next 36 hours.

  • JAXA H-IIA launch of GPS satellite canceled

    August 12th, 2017

    In a brief media statement, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) announced that it has canceled today's planned launch of an H-IIA rocket, which is carrying a navigation satellite that is designed to augment the Global Positioning System (GPS) for the Japanese region.

  • Independent contractor to blame for Electron rocket failure

    August 9th, 2017

    An internal review of Rocket Lab's May 25, 2017, test flight of an Electron rocket from its Mahia, New Zealand, launch site determined the vehicle was terminated due to an issue with an independent contractor’s ground equipment. A statement issued by the company's investigation board announced the incident's root causes and corrective actions.

  • Aerojet Rocketdyne tests third SLS engine controller

    July 27th, 2017

    Propulsion hardware testing for NASA’s SLS rocket continues at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. Aerojet Rocketdyne just completed its third 500-second test of the controller unit for the RS-25 main engine on July 25.

  • Sierra Nevada ground tests Dream Chaser’s steering, brakes

    July 18th, 2017

    On Monday, July 17, SNC put its full-scale Dream Chaser test vehicle through its paces on the ground at NASA’s Armstrong Research Center in California. According to a report by Spaceflight Now, the ground tests towed the vehicle fast enough to evaluate the performance of its brakes, steering, guidance, navigation, and control systems.

  • VP Pence promises return to the Moon, boots on Mars during KSC speech

    July 6th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — Less than a week after being designated head of the newly revived National Space Council, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence paid a visit to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. In keeping with the Trump administration’s theme of reasserting U.S. leadership worldwide, he declared: “We will return to the Moon and we will put American boots on the face of Mars.”

  • NASA’s TDRS-M satellite makes big entrance in Florida

    June 28th, 2017

    A massive U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster cargo aircraft delivered NASA’s latest Tracking and Data Relay System (TDRS) satellite to the Space Coast Regional Airport on June 23, 2017. The spacecraft is slated to launch atop an Atlas V 401 rocket within a 30-minute window opening at 9:02 a.m. EDT (13:02 GMT) on August 3.

  • Boeing reorganizing for more agile performance

    June 22nd, 2017

    Boeing is looking to make its operations leaner and more competitive by breaking up its Defense, Space & Security (BDS) unit into smaller business units reporting directly to BDS CEO Leanne Caret.

  • Comedian Bill Dana, creator of ‘José Jiménez,’ dead at 92

    June 20th, 2017

    Comedian and comedy writer Bill Dana, who became famous through his “José Jiménez” character in the 1950s and 1960s, died June 15 at the age of 92. The Jiménez character, a stereotyped cowardly astronaut, was a favorite performer with television audiences and with the “Original Seven” Mercury astronauts.

  • Boeing/DARPA XS-1 to operate from Cape Canaveral

    June 15th, 2017

    A Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) spokesman has stated that Boeing will be launching and landing the agency’s XS-1 spaceplane from Cape Canaveral, Florida, as soon as 2020.

  • MIT students studying mission to asteroid Apophis

    June 10th, 2017

    Apophis, an asteroid the size of an aircraft carrier, will make a close approach to Earth in 2029. It will come within approximately 18,300 miles (29,500 kilometers), less than one-tenth the distance from Earth to the Moon. A group of students from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is designing a mission to study the asteroid up close as it passes by.

  • VP Mike Pence welcomes NASA’s 12 new astronaut candidates

    June 8th, 2017

    HOUSTON — With Vice President Mike Pence on hand and providing comments during the ceremony, NASA announced the 2017 class of astronauts. The agency selected 12 individuals out of more than 18,000 applicants.

  • Falcon’s flames: SpaceX launches CRS-11 Dragon

    June 3rd, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — SpaceX has successfully launched its 11th Dragon (CRS-11) toward the International Space Station (ISS) in support of NASA's Commercial Resupply Service (CRS) program. The company's “Full Thrust” Falcon 9 rocket launched the first refurbished Dragon capsule carrying crew supplies and experiments to be used on the orbiting lab.

  • JAXA launches second ‘Michibiki’ navigation satellite

    June 1st, 2017

    TANEGASHIMA SPACE CENTER, Japan — A Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) H-IIA rocket launched the second of four navigation satellites. The satellite, Michibiki-2, is part of a system designed to provide global positioning system (GPS) services for the Japanese home islands.

  • New NASA astronaut class to be announced June 7

    May 31st, 2017

    After fielding more than 18,300 applications between December 2015 and February 2016, NASA is ready to announce its astronaut class for 2017. Out of that record-breaking number, a bare 8–14 people will be selected to be part of the agency’s next human spaceflight missions. The space agency will make the announcement at 2 p.m. EDT (18:00 GMT) on June 7, 2017.