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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

  • With end of Atlas V planned, ULA assumes responsibility for marketing and sales of Atlas V

    January 22nd, 2018

    Colorado-based United Launch Alliance (ULA) is preparing to move from its Atlas V and Delta IV rocket lines and toward the new "Vulcan" launch system. With some estimates only giving two years left on the rocket's launch manifest - the company has announced on Monday, Jan. 22, 2018 that it had assumed responsibility for the marketing and sales of Atlas V rocket.

  • Launch of SBIRS GEO 4 scrubbed

    January 18th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The planned flight of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 411 rocket has been scrubbed by at least 24 hours due to unspecified reasons. The mission was set to lift off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 41 in Florida with the fourth Space Based Infrared System GEO (SBIRS GEO 4) satellite with the window scheduled to open at 7:52 p.m. EST (00:52 GMT on Friday, Jan. 19).

  • SFI LIVE: ULA launch of SBIRS GEO 4

    January 18th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- ULA is planning on sending the Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) GEO Flight 4 mission for the U.S. Air Force to orbit. The flight is currently scheduled to begin as early as 7:48 p.m. EST (00:48 GMT on Friday, Jan. 20) atop an Atlas V 411 rocket from Canaveral's Space Launch Complex 41 in Florida. SpaceFlight Insider's Live Show is slated to begin at 7:20 p.m. EST.

  • Titan’s haze captured in Cassini photo

    January 17th, 2018

    Downtown L.A. has got nothing on Saturn's moon Titan, at least in terms of smoggy haze that is. Imagery captured by the Cassini spacecraft prior to its plunge into Saturn's atmosphere on Sept. 15, 2017 shows a world blanketed in a dense mist.

  • Launch of Delta IV with NROL-47 scrubbed for second day in a row

    January 11th, 2018

    United Launch Alliance scrubbed the second launch attempt of a Delta IV Medium+ (5,2) with the classified NROL-47 for the National Reconnaissance Office. However, the reason for today's scrub differed from the prior day's attempt.

  • Launch of ULA Delta IV Medium+(5,2) scrubbed

    January 10th, 2018

    Colorado-based United Launch Alliance (ULA) will have to wait a little longer to conduct its first flight of 2018. Weather at the launch site forced a scrub for the launch of a classified payload for the National Reconnaissance Office.

  • Was secret Zuma mission lost? – UPDATE

    January 8th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A report drafted by Ars Technica's Eric Berger has stated that sources have suggested that the classified Zuma mission launched atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket - may have been lost. 

  • SpaceX launches secretive ‘Zuma’ mission

    January 7th, 2018

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — California-based Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) launched a "Full Thrust" Falcon 9 rocket with the "Zuma" payload on January 7, 2017, at 8:00 p.m. EST (01:00 GMT Jan. 8).  This evening's launch was a long time in the making and signaled the start of a busy year of firsts for the NewSpace firm.

  • SFI LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 with ‘Zuma’

    January 7th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- SpaceX is set to launch its first Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral's Space Launch Complex 40 on Sunday, Jan. 7. The two-hour long launch window is slated to open at 8 p.m. EST (00:00 GMT on Monday, Jan. 8). Little is known about the 'Zuma' mission and SFI Live should begin its coverage from Exploration Tower at 7:30 p.m. EST (00:30 GMT). While other sites promise you "live" coverage - only SFI hosts its own Live Show from the launch site!

  • NASA’s ‘most experienced’ astronaut, Moonwalker, John Young passes away aged 87

    January 6th, 2018

    John Watts Young was one of NASA's most experienced astronauts. He served as pilot for the first manned flight of a Gemini spacecraft, Gemini 3, as commander of the Gemini 10 mission, as Command Module Pilot on Apollo 10 and the Commander of Apollo 16. Young also served as Commander of STS-1, the daring first flight of the Shuttle Era as well as another shuttle mission, STS-9. However, Young was much more and his career was filled with accomplishments, something his colleagues reflected on upon hearing of his passing.

  • Intelsat S.A. orders Mission Extension Vehicle 2 to increase life span of Intelsat spacecraft

    January 5th, 2018

    Intelsat S.A. has awarded a contract for use of the second Mission Extension Vehicle (MEV-2) spacecraft. Produced by Orbital ATK, the MEVs provide mission extension services to satellites already on orbit and are slated to begin undertaking their tasks within the coming months.

  • Boeing CST-100 Starliner one step closer to flight with completion of DCR

    January 4th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The first flight of Boeing's CST-100 "Starliner" craft is one step closer to flight with the successful completion of an Atlas V Launch Segment Design Certification Review (DCR). Colorado-based United Launch Alliance announced on Thursday, Jan. 4, that the review had been completed in support of Boeing's efforts to send astronauts to the ISS via Starliner.

  • Launch of Zuma now TBD or is it Jan. 6? – UPDATE

    January 4th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- SpaceX's planned launch of the classified "Zuma" mission has slipped from 2017 to Thursday Jan. 4, to Friday Jan. 5 and now is listed as "To Be Determined." The announcement of the latest delay was made by the 45th Space Wing on their website. Some sources, meanwhile, are stating the secretive launch will take place on Saturday, Jan. 6. So which is it?

  • Area 51? Forget it! In terms of SpaceX Crew Dragon – it’s all Area 59

    January 2nd, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- With 2018 just taking its initial steps SpaceX is already moving forward with plans for the new year. The company's COO, Gwynne Shotwell, noted during a 2016 press conference, the "hell" they won't launch crew in 2018. That year has come and, according to Florida Today's James Dean, Crew Dragon is being readied for this mission via a recent agreement signed between SpaceX and the U.S. Air Force.

  • NASA’s MAVEN mission providing insights into life on distant worlds

    December 31st, 2017

    Mars. Long a destination dreamed of by the public in general and space enthusiasts in particular, is providing insights about the length of time that other planets can support life. How long would a planet like Mars, orbiting a distant red dwarf star be habitable? One of NASA's Scout Program missions is helping to develop an answer.