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News Archive / Author: Christopher Paul

Christopher Paul has had a lifelong interest in spaceflight. He began writing about his interest in the Florida Tech Crimson. His primary areas of interest are in historical space systems and present and past planetary exploration missions. He lives in Kissimmee, Florida, and also enjoys cooking and photography. Paul saw his first Space Shuttle launch in 2005 when he moved to central Florida to attend classes at the Florida Institute of Technology, studying space science, and has closely followed the space program since. Paul is especially interested in the renewed effort to land crewed missions on the Moon and to establish a permanent human presence there. He has covered several launches from NASA's Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral for space blogs before joining SpaceFlight Insider in mid-2017.

Articles By Christopher Paul

  • Our SpaceFlight Heritage: The first solar observatories in orbit

    June 17th, 2018

    As NASA prepares to launch its latest and most ambitious mission to study the Sun, it will join NASA missions launched to study Earth’s closest star. Since its creation in 1958, NASA has made the study of the Sun one of its priority. Given the importance of the Sun for all life on Earth, this mission's importance becomes clearer.

  • ULA, machinists workers union agree on new contract

    May 20th, 2018

    The dispute between United Launch Alliance (ULA) and employees that are members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) has ended as of Saturday, May 19, 2018.

  • IAM strikers protest outside of KSC’s South Gate

    May 10th, 2018

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — Members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) have begun picketing United Launch Alliance (ULA) practices in Cape Canaveral, Florida; Decatur, Alabama; and Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.

  • Hundreds strike over contract dispute with ULA

    May 8th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) union employed by United Launch Alliance (ULA) voted to strike after rejecting a contract offer presented by the launch service provider.

  • BepiColombo spacecraft arrives at Kourou launch site

    May 2nd, 2018

    Europe’s first mission to Mercury is making the first steps on its long journey. The three spacecraft that make up BepiColombo mission are being shipped from their assembly facility to the launch site in Kourou, French Guiana.

  • Planetary Resources declares ‘mission success’ for Arkyd-6

    April 30th, 2018

    The technology demonstration spacecraft Arkyd-6, built by Planetary Resources to test technologies for future asteroid prospecting, has completed all of its mission requirements, the company said April 24, 2018.

  • Parker Solar Probe Arrives in Florida

    April 13th, 2018

    NASA's Parker Solar Probe has been delivered to an Astrotech Space Operations-owned facility in Titusville, Florida, to begin final preparations before its launch this summer, the U.S. space agency said.

  • GSLV rocket carries new Indian communications satellite to orbit

    March 29th, 2018

    A Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) launched by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has sent the GSAT-6A communications and technology demonstrator satellite into orbit. Liftoff occurred at 7:26 a.m. EDT (11:26 GMT) March 29, 2018.

  • GSAT-6A to launch on Indian GSLV

    March 28th, 2018

    An Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) will loft a geostationary-orbit-bound communications satellite called GSAT-6A at 7:26 a.m. EDT (11:26 GMT) March 29, 2018, from the Satish Dawn Space Center's Second Launch Pad.

  • NASA telescopes discover water-rich exoplanet atmosphere

    March 4th, 2018

    Scientists using NASA's Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes in concert have examined the elemental composition of a distant exoplanet's atmosphere in the highest detail yet. The planet, designated WASP-39b, is about the same mass as Saturn, but has three times as much water, according to NASA.

  • A chunk of Mars might soon return home

    February 15th, 2018

    A piece of a meteorite called Sayh al Uhaymir 008 (SaU008) is being prepared to be carried on board NASA's Mars 2020 rover mission, now being built at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. This chunk will serve as target practice for a high-precision laser on the rover's arm.

  • Japanese Epsilon rocket sends ASNARO-2 radar satellite to orbit

    January 17th, 2018

    A Japanese Epsilon rocket successfully delivered the ASNARO-2 radar Earth observation satellite to orbit this afternoon. The Epsilon rocket launched from Uchinoura Space Center at (6:00 to 6:35 a.m.) Japan Standard Time, or (4:00 to 4:35 p.m.) Eastern Standard Time.

  • Lockheed Martin completes main assembly of Hellas-Sat-4/SaudiGeoSat-1

    December 20th, 2017

    Lockheed Martin has completed the primary assembly of the Hellas-Sat-4/SaudiGeoSat-1 communications satellite, based on the modernized LM 2100 series spacecraft, and has shipped the satellite to its environmental testing facility in Sunnyvale, California.

  • Boeing, CASIS award half million dollars for space station research

    November 20th, 2017

    Boeing and the Center for Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) awarded $500,000 to three microgravity experiments to be performed aboard the International Space Station. Three startups – Cellino Biotech, Guardian Technologies, and MakerHealth – are receiving the money. The startup accelerator firm MassChallenge is awarding the money.

  • NASA chooses instrument for international mission to Martian moons

    November 20th, 2017

    NASA has selected a payload to fly on the Japanese mission to the moons of Mars. The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) plans to launch its MMX mission to the Martian moons in 2024 and has invited NASA to participate by flying an instrument aboard the probe.