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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

  • Parker Solar Probe heat shield installed

    July 7th, 2018

    Engineers from the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab recently attached the Parker Solar Probe's 160-pound (72.6-kilogram) thermal protection system, or heat shield, to the body of the spacecraft in preparation for its launch, scheduled for no earlier than Aug. 4, 2018.

  • Crew Dragon undergoes more tests as it progresses to operational readiness

    July 3rd, 2018

    After recently being subjected to electromagnetic interference (EMI) testing, SpaceX's Crew Dragon inches closer to operational readiness with the completion of two key tests.

  • Swan song: Final SpaceX Block 4 Falcon 9 launches CRS-15 cargo mission

    June 29th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla -- Clear weather and a Moonlit pre-dawn sky provided perfect conditions as SpaceX launched its final Block 4 Falcon 9 on its fifteenth cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS). The rocket lifted off at 5:42 a.m. EDT (9:42 GMT) from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40).

  • CRS-15 resupply mission sending artificial intelligence, diverse science to ISS

    June 27th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — With the booster's static fire successfully concluded, SpaceX appears to be on track for an early-morning launch of the company's 15th operational mission to resupply the International Space Station—CRS-15.

  • NASA creates, and fills, high-level position dedicated to exploration

    June 14th, 2018

    One of NASA's principal functions is to provide leadership in space exploration, and now the agency has a position that is the embodiment of that responsibility. Jim Bridenstine, NASA's new Administrator, recently named Steve Clarke as the agency's Science Mission Directorate (SMD) Deputy Associate Administrator for Exploration.

  • Elon Musk: SpaceX’s Starlink satellite broadband service meets key performance metric

    June 4th, 2018

    While casual followers of Elon Musk's ventures may only know of his foray into electric vehicles and space launch services, the CEO of SpaceX also has his eyes set on being a major player in providing worldwide broadband internet services via a constellation of orbiting satellites.

  • SpaceX’s Crew Dragon edging closer to flight

    May 27th, 2018

    To test a spacecraft for electromagnetic interference (EMI), it is placed in a special room designed for the task. SpaceX has done just that. Recently, company founder and CEO Elon Musk tweeted a picture of the Crew Dragon capsule being prepared for testing in an anechoic chamber.

  • NASA may be warming to the idea of SpaceX’s “load-and-go” fueling procedure

    May 25th, 2018

    NASA appears to be considering SpaceX's "load and go" process of fueling the company's Falcon 9 rocket. However, could it still cause it issues with NASA's Commercial Crew Program?

  • NASA could see windfall if FY 2019 Appropriations bill passes

    May 17th, 2018

    New legislation could see NASA gain a substantial increase in the agency's budget. Should the bill pass the full House and Senate, and get signed into law, NASA's science and exploration programs stand to gain the most.

  • As SLS’s Block 1 design matures, its capabilities come into clearer focus

    May 10th, 2018

    The Block 1 version of NASA's Space Launch System - could make more than one flight and be used for some big missions on the agency's manifest.

  • It’s a bird… it’s a plane… it’s a payload fairing?

    May 3rd, 2018

    SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has made it no secret that his goal is to reuse as much of a launch vehicle as possible in order to drastically reduce the cost of spaceflight. While the company has been recovering and reusing Falcon 9 first stages, recovering rocket's upstream components has been a more-challenging problem.

  • Block 1 SLS configuration may fly more than once

    April 30th, 2018

    During a hearing with the House Subcommittee on Space on March 7, 2018, NASA's then-acting administrator said that, should NASA have a second Mobile Launcher, the agency's Space Launch System may fly several times in the Block 1 form before the infrastructure is ready for the more-powerful Block 1B configuration.

  • NASA’s exploration goals come into focus with updated road map

    April 20th, 2018

    Four months after President Trump directed NASA to return to the Moon, the agency has presented a road map to meet the goals outlined in Space Policy Directive-1. The updated plan shifts focus from the previous "Journey to Mars" campaign back to the Moon, and—eventually—to the Red Planet.

  • ULA notches another successful mission with flight of USAF payloads on AFSPC-11

    April 14th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Amidst scattered clouds, United Launch Alliance (ULA) notched its fourth successful flight of 2018. The April 14, 2018, AFSPC-11 mission was a classified one, however, carried out on behalf of the United States Air Force.

  • Turning it up to 11: Atlas V to launch pair of AFSPC-11 satellites for US Air Force

    April 13th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Ground crews are making ready a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket to loft two primary U.S. Air Force payloads into geosynchronous orbit for the Air Force Space Command 11 (AFSPC-11) mission.