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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

  • S.S. John Glenn OA-7 Cygnus berthed to ISS

    April 22nd, 2017

    After a four-day cruise to the International Space Station, Orbital ATK’s OA-7 Cygnus spacecraft, named S.S. John Glenn, was captured and berthed to the outpost.

  • China’s Tianzhou-1 docks with Tiangong-2 space station

    April 22nd, 2017

    Just two days after launching from the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center on Hainan Island in China, the Tianzhou-1 cargo freighter docked with the country’s Tiangong-2 space station.

  • Soyuz MS-04 arrival increases ISS crew size to 5

    April 20th, 2017

    The population of the International Space Station has increased to five people with the docking and hatch opening of the Soyuz MS-04 with two new Expedition 51 crew members.

  • Photo Gallery: ULA launches S.S. John Glenn to orbit

    April 19th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — In conditions reminiscent of American hero John Glenn's Friendship 7 flight in February 1962, Orbital ATK's OA-7 "S.S. John Glenn" Cygnus cargo ship, launching atop a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket, soared toward orbit to resupply the International Space Station.

  • NASA Video: Saturn moon Enceladus has ingredients for life

    April 13th, 2017

    Using data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn and the Hubble Space Telescope around Earth, scientists have determined that the ringed planet's moon Enceladus, which has a global ocean under its icy surface, has a source of chemical energy – an ingredient for life.

  • Soyuz MS-02 trio returns to Earth

    April 10th, 2017

    Three International Space Station (ISS) crew members returned to Earth in their Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft on April 10, 2017, after nearly six months aboard the outpost.

  • Peggy Whitson’s ISS stay gets 3-month extension

    April 5th, 2017

    NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson’s stay aboard the International Space Station has been extended by three months, adding to her already record-breaking mission.

  • ULA reschedules OA-7 Cygnus launch for April 18

    April 3rd, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — United Launch Alliance (ULA) is now targeting April 18, 2017, for the launch of an Atlas V rocket with a Cygnus cargo spacecraft bound for the International Space Station (ISS).

  • Photo Gallery: SpaceX launches SES-10 on previously flown Falcon 9

    April 2nd, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — On March 30, 2017, SpaceX once again made history. From Launch Complex 39A, the 15-year-old NewSpace company accomplished what many in the space industry thought was impossible, flying a previously flown orbital-class rocket.

  • EVA-41 spacewalkers outfit relocated docking module

    March 31st, 2017

    An astronaut duo stepped outside the International Space Station in the second spacewalk in less than a week. Expedition 50 Commander Shane Kimbrough and Flight Engineer Peggy Whitson ventured outside on a 7-hour long spacewalk to outfit a recently relocated docking module to ready it for commercial crew spacecraft sometime in 2018.

  • Cygnus cargo launch postponed to mid-April

    March 30th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Orbital ATK’s OA-7 Cygnus spacecraft will have to wait a little longer before being sent toward the International Space Station. The cargo mission is now targeting a no-earlier-than mid-April launch.

  • ‘Flight-proven’ Falcon 9 set to launch SES-10 satellite

    March 28th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX is about to fly a milestone mission with the first launch of a “flight-proven” Falcon 9 rocket. After a successful static fire test, the company is targeting a liftoff at the opening of a 2.5-hour window at 6 p.m. EDT (22:00 GMT) Thursday, March 30, 2017.

  • International Space Station PMA-3 docking module relocated

    March 27th, 2017

    Ground-based robotics teams remotely commanded the International Space Station’s robotic Canadarm2 to move the Space Shuttle-era Pressurized Mating Adapter (PMA) 3 to the forward end of the outpost. The March 26, 2017, relocation was part of a multi-year effort to prepare the ISS for future commercial crew spacecraft.

  • Pre-flight static fire test performed on flight-proven Falcon 9

    March 27th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX performed its customary pre-flight static fire test on the Falcon 9 rocket intended to send the SES-10 satellite to space. The mid-afternoon evaluation took place at Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A.

  • EVA-40 spacewalkers prepare ISS docking module for relocation

    March 24th, 2017

    Two International Space Station (ISS) astronauts ventured outside the outpost on the first of three planned spacewalks to prepare for the arrival of a second docking adapter for the Commercial Crew Program. The 6.5-hour long spacewalk began at 7:24 a.m. EDT (11:24 GMT) March 24, 2017.