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News Archive / Author: Derek Richardson

Derek Richardson has a degree in mass media, with an emphasis in contemporary journalism, from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. While at Washburn, he was the managing editor of the student run newspaper, the Washburn Review. He also has a blog about the International Space Station, called Orbital Velocity. He met with members of the SpaceFlight Insider team during the flight of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 551 rocket with the MUOS-4 satellite. Richardson joined our team shortly thereafter. His passion for space ignited when he watched Space Shuttle Discovery launch into space Oct. 29, 1998. 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 his true calling was communicating to others about space. Since joining SpaceFlight Insider in 2015, Richardson has worked to increase the quality of our content, eventually becoming our managing editor. @TheSpaceWriter

Articles By Derek Richardson

  • NASA’s planet-hunting TESS launched by SpaceX Falcon 9

    April 18th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — On a mission to search for planets outside of the Solar System, NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) was launched into space atop a Falcon 9 rocket on the first leg of the spacecraft's multi-month journey to its final orbit high above Earth.

  • Launch of exoplanet-hunting TESS satellite delayed to Wednesday

    April 16th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The launch of NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Spacecraft (TESS) has been postponed by at least 48 hours, according to SpaceX. The satellite had been scheduled to launch atop a Falcon 9 rocket at 6:32 p.m. EDT (22:23 GMT) April 16, 2018.

  • Gallery: AFSPC-11 mission soars skyward

    April 15th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Lifting off during the "golden hour" of photography, United Launch Alliance flew its Atlas V rocket with the AFSPC-11 mission into space. SpaceFlight Insider was able to capture vivid imagery via remote cameras on the pad and from team members on a causeway several miles away.

  • IRNSS-1I navigation satellite launched by Indian PSLV rocket

    April 11th, 2018

    Some two weeks after mysteriously losing contact with the GSAT-6A satellite, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched its next spacecraft into orbit, IRNSS-1I, which was launched to support the country’s regional navigation satellite system.

  • InSight lander nearly ready for journey to Mars

    April 10th, 2018

    LOMPOC, Calif. — NASA’s InSight Mars lander is less than four weeks away from its planned launch to the Red Planet. The spacecraft is currently undergoing final preparations before leaving Earth atop an Atlas V rocket in early May 2018.

  • NASA, Boeing add option for extended Starliner Crew Flight Test

    April 9th, 2018

    With the timeline for the first operational human flights for the Commercial Crew Program gradually slipping to the right and into 2019, Boeing last year proposed adding a third crew member to the first Crew Flight Test of the company’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft to the International Space Station, NASA announced.

  • CRS-14 Dragon berths with International Space Station

    April 4th, 2018

    The CRS-14 Dragon capsule rendezvous and berthed with the International Space Station after a two-day trek to the orbiting outpost. Capture by the robotic Canadarm2 took place at 6:40 a.m. EDT (10:40 GMT) April 4, 2018.

  • Video: CRS-14 launches to International Space Station

    April 4th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Lifting off at 4:30 p.m. EDT (20:30 GMT) April 2, 2018, a SpaceX Falcon 9 sent the CRS-14 Dragon capsule on its way toward the International Space Station. The following video was captured and put together by the SpaceFlight Insider visual team.

  • Gallery: Used CRS-14 Dragon capsule flies atop used Falcon 9 rocket

    April 3rd, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Lifting off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 40, a SpaceX Falcon 9 sent the CRS-14 Dragon capsule on its way toward the International Space Station. SpaceFlight Insider's visual team was there to capture the event.

  • SpaceX CRS-14 Dragon heading toward ISS after successful Falcon 9 launch

    April 2nd, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX launched its sixth Falcon 9 of 2018, this time to send the unpiloted CRS-14 Dragon cargo ship on its way toward the International Space Station with several thousand pounds of food, experiments and hardware for the six-person Expedition 55 crew.

  • Astronauts complete all US EVA-49 tasks despite limited duration

    March 29th, 2018

    Less than a week after arriving at the International Space Station in Soyuz MS-08 for a five-month stay, two astronauts donned spacesuits to venture outside the complex for a six-hour spacewalk—U.S. EVA-49.

  • International Space Station crew size doubles with Soyuz MS-08 docking

    March 24th, 2018

    The International Space Station returned to its full crew compliment of six people after the three-person Soyuz MS-08 docked with the orbiting outpost to join the ongoing Expedition 55.

  • Elon Musk deletes SpaceX Facebook page

    March 23rd, 2018

    SpaceX’s official Facebook page has been deleted by company founder and CEO Elon Musk. This came at the request of several of Musk's twitter followers minutes after responding that he didn’t even know it or Tesla had an account and that the latter's page “looks lame anyway.”

  • Gallery: Soyuz MS-08 launches toward ISS

    March 21st, 2018

    In the sparsely populated Kazakh Steppe in Kazakhstan, Russia's state-run space corporation, Roscosmos, launched three people to the International Space Station. Soyuz MS-08 lifted off pad 1/5 at 1:44 p.m. EDT (17:44 GMT) March 21, 2018, from Baikonur Cosmodrome.

  • Soyuz MS-08 trio lights up Kazakh sky to begin 2-day trek to ISS

    March 21st, 2018

    Lighting up the Kazakh Steppe at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, three fresh International Space Station crew members launched toward space to begin a two-day chase of the orbiting outpost. Soyuz MS-08 launched at 1:44 p.m. EDT (17:44 GMT) March 21, 2018.