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News Archive / Author: Derek Richardson

Derek Richardson is a student studying mass media with an emphasis in contemporary journalism at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. He is currently the managing editor of the student run newspaper, the Washburn Review. He also writes a blog, called Orbital Velocity, about the space station. His passion for space ignited when he watched space shuttle Discovery leap to space on Oct. 29, 1998. He saw his first in-person launch on July 8, 2011 when the space shuttle launched for the final time. Today, this fervor has accelerated toward orbit and shows no signs of slowing down. After dabbling in math and engineering courses in college, he soon realized that his true calling was communicating to others about space exploration and spreading that passion.

Articles By Derek Richardson

  • Boeing to build satellite to increase Asia Pacific connectivity

    February 23rd, 2017

    Boeing announced Feb. 20, 2017, that it has contracted to build a satellite for two customers: SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation and Kacific Broadband Satellites. The new "702 satellite" will provide expanded coverage for mobile, telephone, data, and internet users across the Asia Pacific region.

  • Dragon rendezvous aborted, next attempt in 24 hours

    February 22nd, 2017

    SpaceX's CRS-10 Dragon capsule will try again tomorrow as its planned Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, rendezvous and berthing attempt with the International Space Station was called off. An onboard computer triggered the abort when it saw an incorrect value in the data about the location of the outpost.

  • Soyuz-U completes swan song with launch of Progress MS-05

    February 22nd, 2017

    Lifting off under clear, blue skies at Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the Soyuz-U rocket completed its final launch by sending the Russian Progress MS-05 cargo spacecraft toward the International Space Station (ISS).

  • Record 104 satellites launched atop Indian PSLV rocket

    February 15th, 2017

    In its first launch of the year, India sent a record 104 satellites into space atop the country's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle. The mission, PSLV-C37, lifted off at 10:58 p.m. EST Feb. 14 (03:58 GMT Feb. 15) from the First Launch Pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre.

  • Pathfinder for Minotaur IV rocket stacked at SLC-46

    February 13th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — In an effort to ready Space Launch Complex (SLC) 46 for launching an Orbital ATK Minotaur IV rocket later this year, three inert pathfinder motors were stacked at the pad. Space Florida invited the media to see the completed stack on Feb. 12, 2017.

  • Falcon 9 static fire test performed at LC-39A

    February 12th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — Launch Complex 39A roared to life for the first time since the end of the Space Shuttle era, albeit for only a few seconds, as SpaceX conducted a static test fire of its Falcon 9 rocket.

  • SpaceX Falcon 9 vertical at historic Launch Complex 39A

    February 10th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — In a sign that SpaceX is finally ready to launch from Kennedy Space Center's historic Launch Complex 39A, the company rolled its Falcon 9, mounted atop a brand-new transporter erector, up the incline to the top of the pad.

  • NanoRacks’ proposed airlock paves way for a more commercial ISS

    February 10th, 2017

    In early February, NASA accepted a proposal from NanoRacks to send the first commercial airlock to the International Space Station in 2019. This milestone is only the latest of many that has seen the orbiting laboratory gain increased commercial use.

  • Bill introduced to redirect NASA to Moon, establish sustained presence

    February 7th, 2017

    A bill that would direct NASA to return to the Moon and establish a sustained presence was referred to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology on Feb. 3, 2017.

  • Japan’s Kounotori 6 re-enters Earth’s atmosphere

    February 6th, 2017

    Japan’s sixth Kounotori spacecraft, also called the H-II Transfer Vehicle or HTV, re-entered Earth’s atmosphere on Feb. 5, 2017, after spending nearly two months in space to resupply the International Space Station (ISS) and test new technologies.

  • First SpaceX Falcon 9 scheduled to be re-flown tested at McGregor

    February 6th, 2017

    SpaceX recently tested the previously-flown Falcon 9 first stage assigned to send the SES-10 communications satellite into space. That mission will mark the first time the company has re-flown one of its recovered boosters.

  • Japanese tether experiment hits snag

    January 31st, 2017

    An electrodynamic tether experiment being conducted by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency has apparently run into some problems, according to The Japan Times.

  • Russian Progress MS-03 departs International Space Station

    January 31st, 2017

    With the undocking of a Russian Progress cargo ship from the International Space Station (ISS), only two spacecraft remain at the outpost – a rarity in an era of high visiting vehicle traffic.

  • SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule to launch before EchoStar 23

    January 30th, 2017

    SpaceX has decided to switch the order of its next two Falcon 9 launches. The CRS-10 Dragon cargo mission to the International Space Station (ISS) will now launch ahead of the EchoStar 23 satellite.

  • Japan’s Kounotori 6 leaves ISS, readies tether experiment

    January 27th, 2017

    After six weeks attached to the International Space Station (ISS), Japan’s Kounotori 6 spacecraft was unberthed and commanded to leave the vicinity of the outpost. It will now spend a week conducting a few stand-alone experiments for the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).