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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

  • Technical issues postpone launch of ULA Atlas V with OA-7 mission to ISS

    March 22nd, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — United Launch Alliance (ULA) announced on Wednesday, March 22, that the seventh flight of a Cygnus spacecraft to the International Space Station had been postponed.

  • Launch of OA-7 Cygnus mission slips to NET March 27

    March 20th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — United Launch Alliance (ULA) needs a bit more time before sending Orbital ATK's S.S. John Glenn OA-7 Cygnus spacecraft on its way to the International Space Station (ISS). This is according to a March 20, 2017, announcement made by ULA on its website.

  • OneWeb and Airbus break ground on new satellite manufacturing facility

    March 17th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — Ground was broken for a new high-volume satellite manufacturing facility where OneWeb plans to produce the spacecraft at Exploration Park, located near NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. While the Cape is known for rockets, this new venture will underscore Canaveral's connection to the spacecraft that fly on them.

  • ULA: OA-7 confirmed for launch on March 24, WGS-9 set for March 18

    March 16th, 2017

    ULA and NASA noted on March 15 that the seventh flight of Orbital ATK's Cygnus spacecraft was now confirmed for March 24. Interestingly, ULA has requested the option to launch the day prior on March 23, pending Eastern Range availability. The move of the launch date for OA-7 as well as WGS-9 denotes the packed launch schedule at Florida's Space Coast.

  • Live Show: Launch of Echostar XXIII on SpaceX Falcon 9

    March 14th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX is set to launch the Echostar XXIII satellite from KSC's Launch Complex 39A – the first commercial payload to fly from the historic pad via the NewSpace firm's Falcon 9 rocket. The roughly two-and-a-half hour long launch window opens at 1:34 a.m. EDT (05:34 GMT). SFI Live will be broadcast from the SFI's headquarters at 1 a.m. EDT (05:00 GMT).

  • Launch of WGS-9 moves to NET March 17

    March 11th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — United Launch Alliance announced Saturday, March 11, that the Delta IV Medium+ (5,4) rocket carrying the ninth Wideband Global SATCOM satellite would lift off no earlier than March 17. The reason provided was Eastern Range availability.

  • Falcon 9 for Echostar 23 conducts static fire test

    March 10th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — On March 9, 2017, SpaceX successfully conducted a static fire test of the Hawthorne, California-based company's "Full Thrust" Falcon 9 rocket. This is the final milestone in advance of a planned launch set to take place Tuesday, March 14.

  • United Launch Alliance tapped to launch Joint Polar Satellite System-2

    March 6th, 2017

    NASA has selected United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V 401 rocket to send the Joint Polar Satellite System-2 (JPSS-2) spacecraft to orbit on behalf of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

  • Photo Feature: Apollo 11 Command Module prepped for cross-country voyage

    March 6th, 2017

    WASHINGTON — The National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution is planning a cross-country tour, encompassing four public locations, for Columbia, the Apollo 11 Command Module. The tour is set to begin in October 2017 and will go through the 50th anniversary of humanity's first voyage to the surface of another world.

  • Report: ULA to layoff Vandenberg staff, potentially change name

    March 6th, 2017

    A recent report on Space News 360 noted that, according to an inside source, layoffs are imminent for United Launch Alliance (ULA). While news about a workforce for the company is not new (ULA stated as much in 2016), the report went on to note that the launch provider was considering changing its name.

  • Launch of Delta IV with WGS-9 delayed

    March 4th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Colorado-based United Launch Alliance (ULA) uncovered an issue with the Delta IV Medium+ (5,4) rocket tasked with sending the ninth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-9) satellite to orbit. This has caused the flight to be delayed.

  • Insider Exclusive: Space Center Houston inspiring new generation of explorers

    February 26th, 2017

    HOUSTON — With smartphones, the internet, and an array of ever-sophisticated electronic toys, it is becoming increasingly more difficult to hold the attention of the public. Space Center Houston is working to counter these distracting influences with an array of exhibits and interactive activities as well as a fleet of vehicles that helped make space travel a reality.

  • Review: Exoplanets: Diamond Worlds, Super Earths, Pulsar Planets, and the New Search for Life Beyond Our Solar System

    February 12th, 2017

    A new book is set for release – "Exoplanets: Diamond Worlds, Super Earths, Pulsar Planets, and the New Search for Life Beyond Our Solar System" by Michael Summers and James Trefil. There are, at present, 3,700 exoplanets (that we're aware of) and counting, which makes this a welcomed addition to a space enthusiast's library.

  • Insider Exclusive: JSC’s Astronaut Office innovating a path forward

    February 10th, 2017

    HOUSTON, Texas — A model of NASA's Orion spacecraft is prominently placed within the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility at NASA's Johnson Space Center. We sat down with Rick Mastracchio, a four-time spaceflight veteran with more than 227 days on orbit about how the Astronaut Office at JSC is working to make the agency's new Orion spacecraft more self-sufficient than those that preceded it.

  • ULA confirms March 1 for launch attempt of NROL-79

    February 9th, 2017

    ULA has issued a statement announcing it is targeting a March 1, 2017, launch date for the flight of an Atlas V 401 rocket with a classified payload for the NRO. The NROL-79 mission had been delayed before this due to issues with the Atlas V's Centaur upper stage.