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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

  • H-IIA rocket launches 3rd Japanese navigation satellite

    August 19th, 2017

    Lifting off from the sea-side Tanegashima Space Center, Japan’s H-IIA rocket launched the Asian country’s latest GPS augmentation satellite for the Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS). The launch took place at 1:29 a.m. EDT (5:29 GMT) Aug 19, 2017.

  • Spacewalk goes into overtime as cosmonauts deploy satellites, collect science

    August 18th, 2017

    The two cosmonauts on board the International Space Station donned spacesuits and stepped outside the outpost for the 43rd Russian segment-based extravehicular activity (EVA). The Aug. 17, 2017, spacewalk lasted more than an hour longer than planned for a total duration of 7 hours, 34 minutes.

  • Atlas V rolls to pad as TDRS-M is prepared for launch

    August 17th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket is undergoing final preparations in advance of a planned Aug. 18, 2017, liftoff with NASA’s next communications relay satellite. Liftoff of the rocket is targeted for the beginning of a 40-minute window opening at 8:03 a.m. EDT (12:03 GMT).

  • SpaceX’s CRS-12 Dragon capsule arrives at space station

    August 16th, 2017

    Some 36 hours after leaving Kennedy Space Center atop a Falcon 9 rocket, SpaceX's CRS-12 Dragon capsule rendezvoused with and was berthed to the International Space Station. The cargo spacecraft is carrying more than 6,400 pounds (2,900 kilograms) of supplies and science experiments.

  • Gallery: SpaceX launches CRS-12 into space, lands Falcon 9 first stage

    August 16th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- On Aug. 14, 2017, SpaceX sent its last new first-generation Dragon capsule into space atop a Falcon 9 rocket. The CRS-12 mission carried more than 6,400 pounds (2,900 kilograms) of equipment and supplies to the International Space Station.

  • ISS crew size increases to 6 with Soyuz MS-05 docking

    July 28th, 2017

    After a six-hour, four-orbit trek to rendezvous and dock with the International Space Station (ISS), the three-man crew of the Soyuz MS-05 spacecraft joined Expedition 52, increasing the outpost’s population to six people.

  • Soyuz rocket sends 73 satellites into 3 different orbits

    July 14th, 2017

    Launching from Baikonur Cosmodrome on a sunny July day was a Soyuz-2.1a rocket carrying Kanopus-V-IK and 72 other small satellites. Liftoff took place at 12:36 p.m. Kazakh time (2:36 a.m. EDT / 06:36 GMT) on July 14, 2017.

  • Gallery: Falcon 9 sends Intelsat 35e skyward

    July 9th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — On July 5, 2017, SpaceX sent its 10th Falcon 9 into space in 2017. The Intelsat 35e launch was also the third launch in only 12 days for the NewSpace company. Even though the pace of launches for SpaceX and the Space Coast has been increasing, SpaceFlight Insider has been there to provide the best possible coverage of each event.

  • SpaceX scrubs Falcon 9 launch 2nd day in a row

    July 3rd, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — For the second day in a row, SpaceX has scrubbed the planned liftoff of its Falcon 9 rocket with the Intelsat 35e communications satellite. Like the July 2 attempt, this scrub was also for technical reasons.

  • Dragon splashes down in Pacific with time-critical experiments

    July 3rd, 2017

    SpaceX’s CRS-11 Dragon capsule splashed down at 8:12 a.m. EDT (12:12 GMT) on July 3, 2017, in the Pacific Ocean just off the coast of Baja California after some 28 days attached to the International Space Station.

  • Legless Falcon 9 automatically aborts launch at T-10 seconds

    July 2nd, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — Within 10 seconds from leaving the pad at Launch Complex 39A, the Falcon 9’s onboard computer triggered an automatic abort. While this was a 58-minute window, it was decided there would not be enough time to diagnose the abort and recycle the countdown.

  • China’s 2nd Long March 5 rocket deemed ‘unsuccessful’

    July 2nd, 2017

    Despite what appeared to be a smooth launch all the way through first stage separation, China's largest rocket, the Long March 5, failed to deliver the Shijian-18 satellite to orbit, according to Xinhua.

  • Falcon 9 for Intelsat 35e tested; flown boosters return to ports

    June 29th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — Hot off the heels of its weekend launch doubleheader, SpaceX performed a static fire test for another Falcon 9 rocket. Just three days from now, the rocket will deliver the Intelsat 35e telecommunications satellite into space.

  • 2 launches, 2 landings, 2 days: Falcon 9 sends Iridium-2 satellites into space

    June 25th, 2017

    VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — SpaceX launched, and landed, its second Falcon 9 in as many days when it sent 10 Iridium NEXT satellites into space. The mission, designated Iridium-2, launched at 1:25 p.m. PDT (4:25 p.m. EDT / 20:25 GMT) on June 25, 2017, from Space Launch Complex 4E (east).

  • India launches Cartosat-2E, 30 small satellites atop 40th PSLV rocket

    June 23rd, 2017

    Lifting off just before midnight EDT (03:59 GMT) June 23, India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket sent CartoSat-2E and 30 smaller satellites into space. The 40th launch of the PSLV placed all the spacecraft in a polar orbit some 300 miles (500 kilometers) in altitude.