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News Archive / Author: Curt Godwin

Curt Godwin has been a fan of space exploration for as long as he can remember, keeping his eyes to the skies from an early age. Initially majoring in Nuclear Engineering, Curt later decided that computers would be a more interesting - and safer - career field. He's worked in education technology for more than 20 years, and has been published in industry and peer journals, and is a respected authority on wireless network engineering. Throughout this period of his life, he maintained his love for all things space and has written about his experiences at a variety of NASA events, both on his personal blog and as a freelance media representative.

Articles By Curt Godwin

  • Soyuz rocket successfully delivers EKS-2 early-warning satellite to rare orbit

    May 25th, 2017

    Shortly after 2:34 a.m. EDT (06:34 GMT), May 25, 2017, a Russian Soyuz 2.1b rocket lifted off from site No. 43 at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome and delivered the second of the EKS series of early-warning satellites to a rare Tundra orbit.

  • EKS marks the spot: Russia set to launch 2nd of 6 early-warning satellites

    May 23rd, 2017

    Russia looks to enhance its missile detection system with the launch of the second in a series of six early-warning satellites. The EKS-2 satellite, alternately classed as a member of the 'Tundra' family of launch detection spacecraft, is designed to replace Russia's aging early-warning infrastructure and is targeting a launch at 2:33 a.m. EDT (0633 GMT) on May 25, 2017, from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome.

  • Arianespace delivers all-electric SES-15 to GTO on Flight VS17

    May 18th, 2017

    French multinational launch provider Arianespace continues to successfully clear its mission backlog induced by the "social movement" in French Guiana earlier in 2017. The company's Europeanized Soyuz ST-A medium-class rocket took to the skies with the SES-15 communications satellite at 7:54 a.m. EDT (11:54 GMT) May 18, 2017, from the Guiana Space Center in South America.

  • Good to go for GTO: Soyuz to launch SES-15 satellite from French Guiana

    May 16th, 2017

    Arianespace's Europeanized variant of the workhorse Russian Soyuz rocket stands ready to launch the SES-15 telecommunications satellite. The medium-class launch vehicle, known for decades of reliable launches to low-Earth orbit, is being tapped for its second mission to geosynchronous transfer orbit (GTO) from the Guiana Space Center.

  • Expendable Falcon 9 launches Inmarsat-5 F4

    May 15th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla — Clear skies and a setting sun provided a stunning backdrop as SpaceX launched an expendable Falcon 9 with the last of four Inmarsat-5 Global Xpress (GX) telecommunications satellites.

  • SpaceX set to launch rare Falcon 9 for Inmarsat-5 F4 mission

    May 13th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — With the static fire successfully concluded, SpaceX is clear to begin final launch preparations of the rarest variant of the company's active Falcon 9 launch fleet as it readies to loft the fourth of the Inmarsat-5 series of communications satellites. The company is targeting a 50-minute launch window opening at 7:20 p.m. EDT (23:20 GMT) May 15, 2017, at Launch Complex 39A.

  • SpaceX plans to begin testing its high-speed satellite broadband later this year

    May 7th, 2017

    Not content with disrupting just the spaceflight industry, SpaceX looks to have its sights set on upending traditional broadband services as well.

  • Arianespace tallies up another successful mission with launch of two telecom satellites

    May 4th, 2017

    More than a month after its initial planned launch was delayed by a "social movement" in the French South American overseas department, Arianespace's Flight VA236 finally departed from the Guiana Space Center and delivered two telecommunication satellites to geostationary transfer orbit (GTO).

  • Report paints troubling picture for NASA’s spacesuit program

    May 3rd, 2017

    NASA's active spacesuit inventory is based on a model that is more than 40 years old, and if a recent report from the NASA Office of Inspector General (OIG) is accurate, the much-needed successor to the venerable design may still be years away, potentially placing astronauts at greater risk and limiting deep space operations.

  • Vive la resolution!: French Guiana protests end, spaceport operations resume

    April 24th, 2017

    More than a month into a "social movement" that halted Arianespace launches, an agreement between French politicians and Guianan MPs has cleared the way for the France-based multinational launch provider to resume flights from the South American spaceport.

  • China launches Tianzhou-1 cargo spacecraft on space station refueling test flight

    April 20th, 2017

    With the launch of the Tianzhou-1 automated cargo ship, China has taken a significant step in being able to support a long-term crewed presence in space. The spacecraft, mounted atop China's Long March 7 carrier rocket, lifted off at 7:40 a.m. EDT (11:40 GMT) April 20, 2017, from the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center (WSLC) on Hainan Island.

  • Soyuz MS-04 sends two-man crew on fast-track to ISS

    April 20th, 2017

    The two newest International Space Station (ISS) inhabitants are on their way to the orbiting outpost. Soyuz MS-04 lifted off at 3:13 a.m. EDT (07:13 GMT) April 20, 2017, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

  • China’s Tianzhou-1 cargo ship readied for launch toward Tiangong-2

    April 18th, 2017

    Crucial to China's goal of sustaining and resupplying its own space stations, a Long March 7 rocket has been rolled out to the launch pad at the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center (WSLC) with the Tianzhou-1 cargo spacecraft encapsulated in its payload fairing.

  • New ISS crew set to lift off on Soyuz-FG from Baikonur on first crewed launch of 2017

    April 17th, 2017

    Final preparations are underway for the launch of Expedition 51/52 crew members, NASA astronaut Jack Fischer and Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin, to the International Space Station. Liftoff will take place from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 3:13 a.m. EDT (07:13 GMT) on April 20, 2017, and will be the first crewed Soyuz launch of 2017.

  • China successfully launches ChinaSat-16 high-speed telecom satellite

    April 12th, 2017

    China successfully conducted its fourth launch of 2017 with the successful deployment of the ChinaSat-16 telecommunications satellite. Liftoff took place at 7:04 p.m. local time (11:04 GMT / 7:04 a.m. EDT) on April 12, 2017, from Launch Complex 2 at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center.