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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

  • OPINION: Is there inconsistency in how NASA treats its private partners?

    July 23rd, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A recent report noted that NASA will not be releasing a public report on the findings of the SpaceX Falcon 9 CRS-7 explosion. The report also denotes that a previous similar accident was handled differently by NASA, but were the two accidents so distinct as to warrant two totally dissimilar approaches?

  • TDRS-M spacecraft damaged during closeout activities

    July 16th, 2017

    TITUSVILLE, Fla. — During closeout activities for the final third-generation Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS-M), an "incident" occurred to the spacecraft's Omni S-band antenna. This occurred on Friday, July 14, about two-and-a-half weeks prior to the satellite's scheduled launch.

  • Want your own spacesuit? We know a guy…

    July 15th, 2017

    We've all been there: watching the astronauts get suited up for their missions beyond our world and come walking out of Kennedy's Operations and Checkout Building (M7-355 O&C) decked out in their flight suits – and wishing it was us. While boarding a spacecraft bound for the black sky is not in the offing anytime soon, one man is working to at least provide you with the appropriate apparel.

  • Advanced Electric Propulsion System successfully tested at NASA’s Glenn Research Center

    July 8th, 2017

    A new propulsion system, funded by the Space Technology Mission Directorate, underwent a series of tests at NASA's Glenn Research Center in Ohio. The tests were conducted on a Power Processing Unit, or "PPU", for an Advanced Electric Propulsion System that is hoped could be used on either NASA's deep space missions or by the space agency's commercial partners.

  • As space debris concerns grow, AMC-9 satellite appears to be adding to the problem

    July 6th, 2017

    Ever since the start of the Space Age in 1957 with the launch of Sputnik, humanity has left an ever-increasing amount of debris in orbit, comprising satellites, probes, and spent rockets. However, not all of this debris harmlessly retraces arcs above Earth – as the AMC-9 satellite is currently demonstrating.

  • 7 months, 10 launches: SpaceX racks up another win with Intelsat 35e flight

    July 5th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — Hawthorne, California-based Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) successfully launched the Intelsat 35e communications satellite on its way to orbit. Liftoff took place at 7:38 p.m. EDT (23:38 GMT) on July 5, 2017, from Launch Complex 39A.

  • ULA wins competitive contract award for USAF’s STP-3 mission

    July 1st, 2017

    Colorado-based United Launch Alliance (ULA) has been awarded a contract to send the Space Test Program-3 (STP-3) mission to orbit on behalf of the United States Air Force. The announcement was made via a release on Thursday, June 29.

  • NASA sounding rocket releases artificial clouds above mid-Atlantic

    June 29th, 2017

    On Thursday, June 29, after numerous delays, the early morning skies along the mid-Atlantic coast came alive with luminescent clouds as NASA checked out a new deployment system that supports science studies of the ionosphere and aurora.

  • Launch of BulgariaSat-1 kicks off busy weekend for SpaceX

    June 23rd, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Perhaps the best word to use to describe the launch tempo for Hawthorne, California-based Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) would be: relentless. With a mission launching about every two or three weeks from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A, the flight of the Bulgariasat-1 mission on Friday, June 23, only served to underscore that theme.

  • SFI Live: Launch of Bulgariasat-1 on SpaceX Falcon 9

    June 23rd, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- SpaceX is set to launch Bulgaria's first satellite atop one of their Falcon 9 rockets from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Bulgarisat-1 is poised to liftoff at 2:10 p.m. EDT (18:10 GMT) from Launch Complex 39A. SpaceFlight Insider's exclusive live webcast will begin at 12:45 p.m. EDT (16:45 GMT).

  • Our SpaceFlight Heritage: SpaceShipOne, Government Zero – 13 years later

    June 21st, 2017

    It was a heady time for the emerging NewSpace movement, Scaled Composites had sent Mike Melvill in SpaceShipOne on flight 15P up 62 miles into space. This set the stage for them to win the Ansari X-PRIZE and from there send the first tourists on suborbital hops. Or, so they hoped. Thirteen years later, the follow-on vehicle, SpaceShipTwo, has yet to send a single tourist to sub-orbit.

  • Launch of SpaceX Falcon 9 with Bulgariasat-1 delayed to NET Friday, June 23

    June 18th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The launch of Bulgaria's first satellite has been delayed to no-earlier-than Friday, June 23, due to the need by SpaceX to replace a fairing valve on the rocket. The mission was set to launch on June 19 from Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A in Florida.

  • Five Seconds of Fury: Orbital ATK conducts test fire of Launch Abort Motor

    June 16th, 2017

    PROMONTORY, Utah — With a brief flash of highly controlled power, Dulles, Virginia-based Orbital ATK, along with NASA and Lockheed Martin, successfully conducted a test of a system designed to increase safety and to save lives.

  • SFI Live: QM-1 Launch Abort Motor test fire

    June 15th, 2017

    PROMONTORY, Utah — Orbital ATK and NASA are planning to conduct a static test fire of the Orion spacecraft's Launch Abort Motor. The Qualification Motor 1 test is set to begin at 1 p.m. MDT and last for approximately five seconds. SFI will be on hand providing you with exclusive coverage from the T-97 viewing site about a half mile away. Tune into our Live Webcast starting at 12:30 MDT.

  • Orbital ATK poised to test Orion Launch Abort Motor

    June 14th, 2017

    PROMONTORY, Utah — On Thursday, June 15, 2017, NASA, Orbital ATK, and Lockheed Martin are slated to carry out the first of three qualification ground tests (QM-1) of the Launch Abort Motor being developed for use on the space agency's Orion spacecraft.