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News Archive / Author: Jason Rhian

Jason Rhian spent several years honing his skills with internships at NASA, the National Space Society and other organizations. He has provided content for outlets such as: Aviation Week & Space Technology, Space.com, The Mars Society and Universe Today.

Articles By Jason Rhian

  • Jettison Motor readied for integration into Orion’s LAS

    July 17th, 2018

    NASA and the agency's commercial partners have been preparing for the Orion spacecraft's Ascent Abort Test (AA-2) currently slated to take place in 2019. Aerojet Rocketdyne's jettison motor is a critical part of this test and is being prepped for use.

  • Video: Falling Heritage – SLC-17 demolished to pave way for the future

    July 13th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The two towers at Canaveral's Space Launch Complex 17 were demolished via controlled explosions at 7 a.m. EDT (11:00 GMT) on Thursday July 12, 2018. When the towers fell, 61 years of launch history came to a close. The site will now be used by Moon Express to test its lunar lander.

  • GAO report on Commercial Crew suggests: ‘The hell they will launch (operational crew) before 2019’

    July 13th, 2018

    Predictions by SpaceX's president, Gwynn Shotwell, that the company's Crew Dragon spacecraft would fly with astronauts by 2018 appear to be inaccurate. Similarly Boeing's entry in NASA's Commercial Crew Program are not expected to able to achieve key certification objectives this year either, according to a government report.

  • Gallery: Canaveral’s SLC-17 demolished

    July 12th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.  — The launch structures at Canaveral's Space Launch Complex 17 (pads A and B) were demolished on Thursday, July 12 2018. SpaceFlight Insider's Mike Howard captured this historic event in photos.

  • Canaveral’s Delta II launch site demolished, paving the way for Moon Express

    July 12th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A piece of the Cape's launch history came to an end on Thursday, July 12, with the demolition of Canaveral's Space Launch Complex 17. The site where NASA's Mars Exploration Rovers began their epic voyage to the Red Planet have been reduced to rubble - paving the way for use by Moon Express.

  • AR-22 engine fired 10 times in as many days

    July 12th, 2018

    Boeing's Phantom Express had its AR-22 rocket engine put through its paces over the course of more than a week via tests to ensure the engine's ability to accomplish the space plane's objectives. It is hoped these tests will pave the way for the spacecraft to carry out missions to space with a pace similar to that aircraft currently carry out today.

  • Dawn spacecraft captures new images of Ceres’ Occator Crater

    July 4th, 2018

    NASA's Dawn spacecraft has entered into its final planned orbital position from which it will study the dwarf planet Ceres, the lowest the probe has descended to the tiny world since it arrived in orbit on March 6, 2015.

  • Veteran NASA astronaut Dan Burbank leaves NASA

    July 2nd, 2018

    After being tapped by the agency to be an astronaut in 1996 and spending some 188 days on orbit, Dan Burbank has decided it's time to hang up his spacesuit. 

  • Video Feature: SpaceX Falcon 9 creates thunder and light on CRS-15 mission

    June 30th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- SpaceX launched the final Block 4 Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 40 on Friday, June 29, 2018. The fifteenth Commercial Resupply Services (CRS-15) mission, conducted on behalf of NASA, lifted off at 5:42 EDT (09:42 GMT). SpaceFlight Insider set several video recorders captured the early-morning flight in spectacular detail.

  • SFI Live: Launch of CRS-15 atop SpaceX Falcon 9

    June 29th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- SpaceX is set to launch its last Block 4 Falcon 9 rocket on June 29, 2018. Join Jim Siegel as he hosts SpaceFlight Insider's live webcast leading up to the opening of the launch window at 5:41 a.m. EDT (09:41 GMT). The mission is poised to get under way from Canaveral's Space Launch Complex 40 in Florida, SpaceFlight Insider's live coverage is slated to open at 5:11 a.m. EDT.

  • JWST exceeds cost cap, launch delayed to 2021

    June 28th, 2018

    The James Webb Space Telescope, in development for the past 22 years, is now scheduled to take flight on March 30, 2021. Known for its numerous delays and cost overruns, the JWST appears to be in the final stages for its flight atop an Ariane 5 rocket from Kourou, French Guiana.

  • Buzz Aldrin’s children accuse astronaut’s handlers of ‘spin’

    June 27th, 2018

    The Buzz Aldrin Foundation has released a statement regarding the recent announcement of a lawsuit allegedly filed by Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin. The following statement was issued on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. Aldrin's children, Andrew and Jan, have made less-than flattering statements about those they feel are responsible for this current situation.

  • Vita ignotum: How will NASA recognize life as we do not know it?

    June 26th, 2018

    Since humanity realized that other worlds orbited distant stars, we have wondered what life on these far-flung planets might look like. While Star Trek and other series have depicted the life of these planets as, essentially, humans with bumpy heads - NASA is considering all the possibilities of what alien life might actually be like.

  • Book Review: It’s a Question of Space

    June 24th, 2018

    There has been a wealth of books written about astronauts' experiences in space. A good many of these are accounts detailing what transpired behind the scenes. Few however have contained actual questions asked by the average citizen as well as the response. Former NASA astronaut Clayton Anderson works to address this in his latest offering - It's a Question of Space.

  • NASA Administrator expresses support for Space Policy Directive-3

    June 19th, 2018

    With the threat of space debris destroying satellites, crewed spacecraft and even the International Space Station increasing, processes have been initiated to help alleviate and prevent this threat. NASA's new Administrator Jim Bridenstine made several statements about the new Space Policy Directive-3.