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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

  • Launch of JPSS-1 scrubbed again, high upper-level winds to blame

    November 15th, 2017

    The flight of a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta II rocket with its payload of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Joint Polar Satellite System 1 (JPSS-1) spacecraft has been delayed for a second time. However, whereas yesterday's (Nov. 14) scrub was caused by wayward boaters, issues with the atmosphere were to blame for today's delay.

  • Review: Weir focuses on the Moon with ‘Artemis’

    November 14th, 2017

    Over the course of the past year, public and private officials have altered their focus from Mars to a much closer target – Earth's Moon. Now, Andy Weir whose breakout success was based on the adventures of a castaway on the Red Planet has followed suit with his latest offering – Artemis.

  • “…We shall return!” S.S. Gene Cernan lifts off from MARS’ Pad 0A

    November 12th, 2017

    WALLOPS FLIGHT FACILITY, Va. — With no wayward pilots to ruin their efforts, NASA and Orbital ATK sent the S.S. Gene Cernan (Cygnus CRS OA-8E) to orbit atop an Antares rocket from Virginia Space’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at 7:19 a.m. EST (12:19 GMT) on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, on the OA-8 mission bound for the International Space Station.

  • SFI LIVE: Orbital ATK Antares with OA-8 Cygnus

    November 11th, 2017

    WALLOPS ISLAND, Va., -- NASA and Orbital ATK are planning to launch the S.S. Gene Cernan, OA-8 Cygnus spacecraft to the International Space Station atop an Antares 230 rocket from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport's Pad 0A sometime in a five minute long launch window that opens at 7:37 a.m. EST on Saturday, Nov. 11. SpaceFlight Insider's exclusive Live Show will begin at 7 a.m. EST.

  • SpaceX rocket engine explodes on test stand in McGregor

    November 9th, 2017

    A SpaceX Block 5 rocket engine encountered an anomaly on the test stand during a qualification test held on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, at the NewSpace firm's site located in McGregor, Texas. The accident was made public three days later on Wednesday and comes at a time when the company is experiencing an unprecedented rate of launch.

  • Vega rocket sends MOHAMMED VI–A satellite to orbit on next-to-last Kourou flight of 2017

    November 7th, 2017

    Lighting the skies above the jungles of Kourou, French Guiana, an Arianespace Vega rocket lifted off from the Kourou Space Centre's ELV at 10:42 p.m. GFT (8:42 p.m. EST) on November 7 (01:42 GMT on Nov. 8), 2017. The payload for this flight was the MOHAMMED VI–A satellite which Vega sent on its way to a Sun-synchronous orbit.

  • Arianespace poised to launch Vega with MOHAMMED VI–A satellite

    November 5th, 2017

    Arianespace is ready to launch the MOHAMMED VI–A satellite on behalf of the Kingdom of Morocco on November 7, 2017, at 10:42 p.m. local time (01:42 GMT Nov. 8). The spacecraft is slated to lift off from the Guiana Space Centre's Vega Launch Complex (SLV) and will mark the 10th flight of the year for the Courcouronnes, Essonne, France-based firm. 

  • SFI Live: Launch of KoreaSat 5A on SpaceX Falcon 9

    October 30th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- SpaceX is preparing to launch the KoreaSat 5a telecommunications satellite from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The launch window will open at 3:34 p.m. EDT (19:34 GMT) and extend for about two hours and 24 minutes. The launch site will be KSC's historic Launch Complex 39A.

  • Going out with ‘GRACE’ – long-lived U.S./German mission draws to a close

    October 27th, 2017

    The Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) mission has come to an end after more than 15 years in Earth orbit. The twin satellites chronicled the changes of the Earth's water, ice, and land since the spacecraft were launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome on March 17, 2002, on a mission that was originally only slated to last some five years.

  • Vector, Virginia Space announce upcoming orbital launches from Wallops

    October 22nd, 2017

    NewSpace continues to make progress in terms of expanding its presence in the establishment. This past week, it was announced that nanosatellite launch service provider Vector had inked a deal with the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority to conduct three commercial flights out of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) over the course of the next two years with possibly five additional launches in the offing.

  • SpaceX mum about November ‘mystery’ launch

    October 20th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Much like the tile-matching video game of the same name, what the payload could be for a suggested Nov. 10, 2017, SpaceX "mystery" launch remains a puzzle. As was reported on SpaceFlight Now, regulatory findings suggest the company could attempt a launch 11 days after the planned Oct. 30 flight of Koreasat 5A.

  • ULA launches classified NROL-52 mission for the NRO

    October 15th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — With a mighty roar, United Launch Alliance (ULA) finally launched the classified NROL-52 mission at 3:28 a.m. EDT on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017, from Cape Canaveral's Space Launch Complex 41 in Florida. The early morning flight marked the fourth mission of 2017 carried out on behalf of the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) and the sixth flight of the year for the Atlas V rocket.

  • NASA awards contract to launch miniature payloads

    October 13th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- NASA has tapped Spaceflight Inc. for integration and launch services for so-called "U-Class payloads." These tiny space research satellites. This contract, one with a firm-fixed-price, is for base launch services in 2018 for 24 payloads.

  • Orbital ATK eyeing new date for Minotaur-C launch with SkySat

    October 12th, 2017

    Wanting a chance to further verify and carry out routine testing of their Minotaur-C rocket, the Dulles, Virginia-based firm Orbital ATK announced on Wednesday, October 11, 2017, that it has requested a later launch date for the solid-propellant fueled rocket. At present, a new launch date is not available. 

  • ULA to attempt launch of NROL-52 on Oct. 14

    October 12th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Colorado-based United Launch Alliance (ULA) has announced that it will attempt to launch the classified NROL-52 mission for the National Reconnaissance Office on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, at 3:31 a.m. EDT (07:31 GMT). The setting of the new launch date follows a string of delays that had taken place the week prior.