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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

  • 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.

  • Goals for NASA’s proposed Europa Lander begin to crystallize

    February 9th, 2017

    Members of a NASA Science Definition Team (SDT) recently completed a report on the science value for a proposed Europa lander and gave design recommendations for the notional explorer. The search for evidence life on the icy moon is near the top of the list.

  • Iridium contracts 8th SpaceX launch, shares ride with NASA satellites

    February 2nd, 2017

    With the successful launch of its first set of 10 Iridium NEXT satellites, Iridium Communications has contracted with the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences to share a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket for an early 2018 launch.

  • Arianespace successfully launches Hispasat 36W-1, pushes Soyuz to its limits

    January 28th, 2017

    Nailing the opening of an instantaneous launch window, a Russian-built Soyuz ST-B lifted off from the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana for Arianespace on a mission to deliver the Hispasat 36W-1 telecommunications satellite to a geostationary transfer orbit (GTO).

  • Arianespace to open 2017 launch manifest with Hispasat 36W-1

    January 26th, 2017

    Multinational launch provider Arianespace is gearing up to launch the Hispasat 36W-1 telecommunications satellite – alternatively known as Hispasat AG1 – from their spaceport facility in Kourou, French Guiana, and will be their first in 2017. Launch of the new-model communications satellite is set for Jan. 27, 2017, with a liftoff time of 8:03 p.m. EST (01:03 GMT on January 28).

  • Our Spaceflight Heritage: Opportunity rover marks 13 years on Mars

    January 25th, 2017

    NASA's Mars rover "Opportunity" might never be classified as speedy, averaging only slightly more than 2 miles (3.36 km) per year since its landing on Jan. 25, 2004. Nevertheless, what the stalwart explorer lacks in range is more than made up with its longevity. The rover has been in active operation on the Red Planet for 13 years, far exceeding the original planned mission of 90 sols (∼92 Earth days).

  • Japanese H-IIA rocket delivers DSN-2 military communications satellite to orbit

    January 24th, 2017

    The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) successfully conducted its first launch of 2017 with the delivery of the DSN-2 military communications satellite to a geostationary transfer orbit. Carrying the payload was an H-IIA rocket configured in its 204 arrangement.

  • JAXA preps first launch of 2017 with DSN-2 communications satellite

    January 23rd, 2017

    The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is preparing their H-IIA rocket to launch the DSN-2 – also known as Kirameki 2 – communications satellite from the Tanegashima Space Center (TNSC).