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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

  • SFI Video: ULA Atlas V rocket launches ‘S.S. John Glenn’ Cygnus to ISS

    April 19th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — ULA, Orbital ATK, and NASA sent the OA-7 "S.S. John Glenn" Cygnus spacecraft to the International Space Station on Tuesday, April 18. The mission got underway at the very opening of a 30-minute launch window at 11:11 a.m. EDT (15:11 GMT). SpaceFlight Insider captured the launch from numerous angles and produced the following video.

  • NASA OIG: SLS unlikely to launch in 2018

    April 15th, 2017

    NASA.s Office of Inspector General has issued an audit detailing how the agency's Exploration Mission 1 (EM-1) will likely not launch in 2018. This might be a moot point as NASA is considering flying EM-1 with a crew, which would push the launch to 2019 anyway. These are some of the issues facing the first flight of the agency's new rocket.

  • Book Review: Chandra’s Cosmos: Dark Matter, Black Holes, and Other Wonders Revealed by NASA’s Premier X-Ray Observatory

    April 10th, 2017

    NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, sent to orbit during STS-93 by Space Shuttle Columbia in 1999, has rewritten what humanity knows about the universe. A new book works to provide some of the little-known details about one of the space agency's Great Observatories.

  • Guiana Space Centre Director meets with protesters as demonstrations continue

    April 5th, 2017

    KOUROU, French Guiana — Protests continued at the Guiana Space Centre with the unveiling of a sculpture of a fist, which was used as a symbol of protesters' struggle. SpaceFlight Insider spoke with workers attending this rally who said they would march toward the Centre to meet Didier Faivre, the Centre's director.

  • Zip-riding to safety: Boeing, ULA test emergency egress system

    April 4th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Colorado-based United Launch Alliance (ULA) has completed testing its Emergency Egress System (EES), one of the milestones under NASA's Commercial Crew Program (CCP). It was developed specifically for use on Boeing's entry in this program, the CST-100 Starliner spacecraft.

  • NASA, Orbital ATK provide boosters for Endeavour exhibit

    March 31st, 2017

    Not everyone had the chance to see the Space Shuttle fully stacked with its external tank and SRBs; those that have usually came away awestruck at the power and size of the vehicle. Soon, guests who visit the California Science Center will have the opportunity to walk away with similar feelings, and it's partly thanks to the efforts of NASA and Orbital ATK.

  • The game has changed! SES-10 mission redefines space flight

    March 30th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Up until now, Hawthorne, California-based Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) has only recovered first stages from missions it has sent aloft. That all changed at 6:27 p.m. EDT (22:27 GMT) March 30, 2017, when the company reused a first stage that had been used to fly a previous mission.

  • SFI LIVE: Launch of SpaceX Falcon 9 with SES-10

    March 30th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- SpaceX has a pre-flown Falcon 9 (FT) rocket poised for launch from KSC's Launch Complex 39A in Florida. This evening's launch window is currently slated to open at 6:27 p.m. ET (22:27 GMT) and extend some two and a half hours. SFI LIVE, the only space news outlet to provide you with hosted live coverage from the launch site will begin at 6 p.m.

  • Space Florida Vector R-ing in on new launch provider from Cape Canaveral

    March 25th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Space Florida and Vector, a company with roots deep in the NewSpace movement unveiled the Vector-R rocket at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 46 (SLC-46) held on Saturday, March 25, 2017.

  • 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.