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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,, The Mars Society and Universe Today.

Articles By Jason Rhian

  • OSIRIS-REx completes critical deep space maneuver

    January 20th, 2017

    Tracking data provided by NASA's Deep Space network has confirmed that the agency's Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission is on course for its target – asteroid Bennu.

  • SFI LIVE: Launch coverage of SBIRS GEO-3

    January 19th, 2017

    SpaceFlight Insider is at the command bunker located near Tampa, Florida, for tonight's webcast covering the flight of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 rocket with the third Space Based Infrared System satellite. SFI decided for this mission to bring you behind the scenes with all the exciting plans we have for 2017.

  • San Pedro welcomes SpaceX’s Falcon 9 first stage

    January 18th, 2017

    After a triumphant return-to-flight conducted on Jan. 14, the first stage of SpaceX's Falcon 9 (1029) rocket began its journey home with its entry into the port at San Pedro, California, on Tuesday, January 17.

  • Launch of classified NROL-79 mission delayed

    January 16th, 2017

    United Launch Alliance (ULA) announced on Monday, Jan. 16, that the launch date of the Atlas V 401 rocket with the NROL-79 mission for the National Reconnaissance Office had fallen under review. ULA will use this additional time to ensure the rocket will perform normally.

  • Visions of the road to Mars

    January 15th, 2017

    No planet is more steeped in lore, legend, and romance than Mars. For SpaceFlight Insider's illustrator James Vaughan, the Red Planet is a subject matter well suited for his unique style of photo-illustration. He spoke with us about how interest in Mars is increasing and how his work is racing to keep up.

  • Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex highlights NASA’s Commercial Crew and Cargo Programs

    January 14th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — Just after the 2016 Thanksgiving holiday, NASA's Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex unveiled in the West wing of the IMAX Theater a display showcasing spacecraft that are being used on NASA's Commercial Crew and Cargo endeavors.

  • PCM for OA-7 mission arrives at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center

    January 13th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Orbital ATK's next Cygnus spacecraft, tapped to carry out the OA-7 cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station, has arrived at the Space Station Processing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

  • Lockheed Martin tapped to build NASA’s Lucy spacecraft

    January 9th, 2017

    NASA has recently announced that the U.S. space agency is planning on sending two new Discovery Program missions to investigate leftovers of the formation of the early Solar System. One of these two spacecraft, Lucy, will be built by Lockheed Martin.

  • Arianespace chosen to launch Intelsat 39

    January 9th, 2017

    On Jan. 4, French-based Arianespace announced that it had been selected as the launch service provider for the Intelsat 39 telecommunications satellite. Intelsat 39 is now scheduled to be launched atop an Ariane 5 rocket from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana.

  • Chinese Long March 3B launches technology demonstrator

    January 5th, 2017

    The China National Space Administration (CNSA) sent one of its Long March 3B launch vehicles aloft with the second Tongxin Jishu Shiyan (TJS) satellite to orbit.

  • Source: RTF for Falcon 9 slips to Monday Jan. 9

    January 5th, 2017

    The return to flight for SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket has slipped to no-earlier-than Monday, Jan. 9. This is according to a report appearing on NoozHawk. The report also revealed that while the NewSpace firm might be considering the date for launch, it has not received approval to do so from the FAA.

  • Cosmonaut Igor Volk dead at 79

    January 4th, 2017

    Former Soviet cosmonaut Igor Volk passed away while on vacation in Bulgaria on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017 – he was 79. Volk was a test pilot for the Mikoyan Aircraft Design Bureau. His accomplishments covered an array of vehicles and environments – including a mission to orbit.

  • NASA’s Chief Scientist leaves space agency

    January 1st, 2017

    Having served as NASA's Chief Scientist for more than three years, Ellen Stofan has opted to leave the space agency. The announcement was made via NASA's Tumblr page on Dec. 21, 2016.

  • Success, setbacks and silence: 2016 in review

    December 31st, 2016

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The past 12 months, for good or ill, have redefined space exploration. In 2016, efforts to expand the space frontier both resumed and retracted, visionaries made bold claims, while legends fell silent forever.

  • Insider Exclusive: BFF’s long history continues with work on EM-1

    December 28th, 2016

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — These days, when most people hear the acronym BFF, they think "Best Friends Forever", but the words "Booster Fabrication Facility" likely do not top that list. When it comes to NASA's 2018 Exploration Mission 1, perhaps it should.