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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

  • SpaceX expands Space Coast footprint with long-term lease at Port Canaveral

    March 24th, 2017

    After occupying a 52,000-square-foot (4,831-square-meter) facility on a month-to-month lease since August 2016, SpaceX has made a long-term commitment to the former SpaceHab property at Port Canaveral.

  • Arianespace delays launch of Ariane 5 Flight VA236 due to ‘social movement’

    March 20th, 2017

    Arianespace has announced a 24-hour delay, at least, of Flight VA236 due to a "social movement" at The Spaceport in French Guiana. It is not entirely clear what constitutes a "social movement", though there are reports that indicate the workers who are responsible for the rollout of the vehicle to the ELA-3 launch site called for a strike.

  • Arianespace set to launch two telecom satellites in second Ariane 5 mission of 2017

    March 20th, 2017

    Arianespace is gearing up to loft two communication satellites aboard its workhorse Ariane 5 rocket. Flight VA236 is set to launch from the spaceport in French Guiana in a nearly 3-hour launch window opening at 4:31 p.m. EDT (20:31 GMT) on Tuesday, March 21, 2017.

  • SpaceX’s 2018 Moon mission faces significant challenges

    March 15th, 2017

    Last month's announcement that SpaceX has been approached to fly two private citizens on a trip around the Moon in late 2018 – fresh on the heels of a similar announcement from NASA – has ignited considerable debate among industry insiders, pundits, and followers of the New Space company.

  • Japanese reconnaissance satellite set for Thursday launch atop H-IIA rocket

    March 13th, 2017

    Preparations are underway at JAXA's Tanegashima Space Center for the launch of the IGS-RADAR-5 radar reconnaissance satellite. The Mitsubishi Heavy Industries H-IIA rocket, in the 202 configuration, is set to launch within a 2-hour window opening at 9:00 p.m. EDT March 15 (01:00 GMT March 16), 2017.

  • Vega flight VV09 sends Sentinel-2B satellite to space

    March 7th, 2017

    Cloudy skies posed no issue as Arianespace's Vega launch vehicle successfully delivered its Sentinel-2B payload into orbit on Flight VV09.

  • Sentinel-2B satellite set for launch atop European Vega rocket

    March 5th, 2017

    Arianespace, a France-based multinational commercial launch provider, is in the final stages of readying its Vega rocket to send the Sentinel-2B Earth-observation satellite into a Sun-synchronous orbit (SSO).

  • China launches new Kaituozhe-2 rocket with Tiankun-1 satellite

    March 3rd, 2017

    Just after sunrise at China's Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center (JSLC), the China National Space Administration (CNSA) successfully flew its first Kaituozhe-2 rocket.

  • China readying Kaituozhe-2A rocket for launch with experimental payload

    March 2nd, 2017

    There are indications that the China National Space Administration (CNSA) is preparing to launch its Kaituozhe-2A (KT-2A) rocket on a mission to deliver an experimental satellite into orbit. The rocket may lift off as soon as March 3, 2017.

  • ULA readies Atlas V for launch of NROL-79 reconnaissance satellite

    February 27th, 2017

    After enduring several delays – most recently from an issue with the second stage of its Atlas V launch vehicle – United Launch Alliance (ULA) is set to launch the classified NROL-79 mission. Liftoff is planned for Wednesday, March 1, 2017, at about 9:50 a.m. PST (12:50 p.m. EST / 17:50 GMT) from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

  • After multiple delays, Progress MS-05 set for launch

    February 20th, 2017

    Russia's state-run corporation for space activities, Roscosmos, is in the final stages of preparing to launch the Progress MS-05 cargo resupply spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS).

  • ULA gives sneak peek at SLS’ second stage before it gets shipped to Florida

    February 20th, 2017

    DECATUR, Ala. — United Launch Alliance invited media to their rocket factory in northern Alabama to get a look at the Interim Cryogenic Propulsion Stage flight hardware for NASA's Space Launch System. SpaceFlight Insider was on hand at this event and had a chance to speak with industry insiders.

  • NASA studying the possibility of adding crew to EM-1

    February 16th, 2017

    On Feb. 15, 2017, Robert Lightfoot, NASA's acting administrator, announced that he was ordering a study on the feasibility of adding a crew to Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1). This would mark a significant change from the agency's current mission roadmap, which has EM-1 flying uncrewed in 2018, with crew ultimately launching several years later on EM-2.

  • Arianespace successfully deploys two communication satellites in first Ariane 5 launch of 2017

    February 14th, 2017

    Arianespace notched another successful mission with the launch of its Ariane 5 rocket with two communication satellites – SKY Brasil-1 and Telkom 3S. This marks the first Ariane 5 launch of the year for Arianespace and follows their successful Soyuz launch just 17 days prior.

  • Arianespace preps 2 satellites for launch atop workhorse Ariane 5

    February 13th, 2017

    With its Launch Readiness Review complete, Arianespace continues to make preparations to launch its first Ariane 5 rocket of 2017. The delivery into space of two communications satellites, SKY Brasil-1 and Telkom 3S, is scheduled for the beginning of an 86-minute launch window that opens at 4:39 p.m. EST (21:39 GMT) on Feb. 14, 2017.