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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

  • Photo gallery: Falcon 9 launches used Dragon capsule

    June 5th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — First seeing the flame of the Saturn V, then the Space Shuttle, Launch Complex 39A saw its sixth Falcon 9 take to the skies on a journey to orbit. The CRS-11 mission was the 100th launch from that historic pad.

  • CRS-11 Dragon arrives at International Space Station

    June 5th, 2017

    After a two-day trek to the International Space Station, SpaceX’s CRS-11 Dragon spacecraft arrived at the orbiting outpost and was captured by the robotic Canadarm2. The capsule launched two days before on June 3, 2017.

  • India launches its largest rocket

    June 5th, 2017

    India launched its most powerful rocket to date. The GSLV Mk.3, which has two solid-fueled boosters, a twin-engine core, and cryogenic upper stage, lifted off the pad at 7:58 a.m. EDT (11:58 GMT) on June 5, 2017, from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre on Sriharikota Island in India.

  • Cygnus unberthed, begins weeklong free flight

    June 4th, 2017

    The S.S. John Glenn Cygnus spacecraft was released from the International Space Station at 9:10 a.m. EDT (13:10 GMT), June 4, 2017, after some 44 days berthed to the outpost’s Unity module.

  • SFI Live: Second launch attempt for CRS-11

    June 3rd, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — NASA and SpaceX are preparing to launch the 11th Commercial Resupply Services mission to the International Space Station atop one of the company’s “Full Thrust” Falcon 9 rockets. This will be the second launch attempt as the June 1, 2017, attempt was called off due to lightning in the area. SFI's show will begin at 4:30 p.m. EDT (20:30 GMT).

  • Soyuz MS-03 crew returns to Earth after nearly 200 days in space

    June 2nd, 2017

    Landing on the Kazakh Steppe, two members of the International Space Station’s (ISS) Expedition 51 crew returned to Earth on June 2, 2017, after spending 196 days in orbit. Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy and European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Thomas Pesquet landed in their Soyuz MS-03 capsule about an hour before sunset local time at 8:10 p.m. (10:10 a.m. EDT / 14:10 GMT).

  • Japanese navigation constellation set to expand with H-IIA launch

    May 30th, 2017

    Japan is set to launch its third H-IIA rocket in 2017. The two-stage vehicle, the workhorse for the Japanese space agency, will send to space Michibiki-2, the second satellite in the country’s regional navigation system.

  • Falcon 9 engines ignite briefly in hotfire test days before CRS-11 mission

    May 28th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla — Just a day before Memorial Day, SpaceX performed its customary static fire test on a Falcon 9 slated to send the CRS-11 Dragon capsule to the International Space Station. The test took place at noon EDT (16:00 GMT) May 28, 2017, at Launch Complex 39A.

  • ‘Lunar’ short film an ode to the Space Race

    May 28th, 2017

    Utilizing a mix of various photography and animation techniques, Austrian artist Christian Stangl created a short film called "Lunar", which tells the story of humanity’s first voyages to another world.

  • Iridium-2 launch moved up by 4 days

    May 26th, 2017

    The next batch of Iridium NEXT satellites is set to fly to space four days earlier than planned. On May 25, 2017, Iridium Communications announced the new launch date atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled for 1:24:59 p.m. PDT (20:24:59 GMT) June 25, 2017, from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

  • NASA officials detail FY 2018 budget proposal

    May 24th, 2017

    The Trump administration released its Fiscal Year 2018 budget request for the federal government on Tuesday, May 23, 2017. Much of what was proposed for NASA remains the same as what was seen in the “skinny budget” back in March, including the elimination of the agency’s Office of Education and several Earth Sciences missions.

  • Astronauts perform contingency spacewalk to replace failed data relay box

    May 23rd, 2017

    Just three days after the failure of a key data relay box, a contingency spacewalk was planned by ground teams and executed by International Space Station astronauts Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer to replace the component.

  • Contingency spacewalk required to replace failed relay box

    May 21st, 2017

    A data relay box failure outside the International Space Station (ISS) has prompted mission managers to begin planning a contingency spacewalk. On Tuesday, May 23, 2017, NASA astronauts Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer will venture outside the Quest airlock to replace the failed component.

  • Spaceflight Industries purchases dedicated Electron rocket

    May 19th, 2017

    While Rocket Lab is gearing up to perform the maiden launch of its Electron rocket, SpaceFlight Industries announced that it has purchased a flight on a future Electron to increase the number of its dedicated ride-share missions.

  • Photo Gallery: SpaceX ramps up launch rate with Inmarsat-5 F4 mission

    May 17th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — On May 15, 2017, SpaceX launched an expendable Falcon 9 rocket with the Inmarsat-5 F4 communications satellite. SpaceFlight Insider was there to capture the event.