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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 GSAT-11 delayed as satellite shipped back to India

    April 25th, 2018

    The flight of the Indian GSAT-11 satellite has been pushed back to an undetermined date. The spacecraft had arrived March 28, 2018, in Kourou, French Guiana, in preparation for a launch atop an Ariane 5 rocket, but has now been shipped back to India.

  • Jim Bridenstine confirmed as NASA Administrator

    April 19th, 2018

    Representative Jim Bridenstine, after some 15 months of waiting, has been confirmed as NASA's 13th administrator. The long-delayed approval was made on Thursday, April 19, 2018. The selection of NASA's new leader comes after much political wrangling and controversy.

  • The alpha of the OmegA: Orbital ATK’s new rocket gains name

    April 17th, 2018

    Dulles, Virginia-based Orbital ATK has announced the name of the company's new, large-class rocket: OmegA. This new launch vehicle is meant for the U.S. Air Force’s Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program.

  • SFI LIVE: Launch of AFSPC-11 on ULA Atlas V

    April 14th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A United Launch Alliance Atlas V 551 rocket is poised to send the United States Air Force's AFSPC-11 mission with the launch window slated to open at 7:13 p.m. ET. The flight is set to get underway from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 41. SpaceFlight Insider's live show is currently scheduled to begin at 6:45 p.m. ET.

  • NEXT-C electric propulsion engine poised for production

    April 14th, 2018

    The NEXT-C ion propulsion engine has successfully completed a Critical Design Review conducted by NASA and is planned for use on the agency's 2021 DART (Double Asteroid Redirection Test) mission. With the CDR finished, the next step in the process should be the production of actual flight units.

  • NASA taps Jim Green as new chief scientist

    April 11th, 2018

    NASA has selected the Science Mission Directorate’s Planetary Science Division Director Jim Green as the agency's new chief scientist. The announcement was made on Tuesday, April 10 and will become effective on May 1. 

  • VSS Unity conducts first powered flight

    April 5th, 2018

    The SpaceShip Company, using its VSS Unity spacecraft, successfully completed the vehicle's first supersonic, rocket-powered test flight on Thursday, April 5. Piloted by Mark “Forger” Stucky and Dave Mackay, today's flight marked the first flight since the October 31, 2014 accident that saw the loss of the VSS Enterprise.

  • Opinion: Mutants, airstrikes and more: Space ‘fake news’ on the rise

    April 1st, 2018

    Fake news, a relatively new term that has entered the public lexicon. Stories regarding space flight have recently seen an uptick in incorrect information being reported and given the complexity of the subject matter, it might be understandable—but it is also preventable.

  • Next Generation Launcher considered under U.S. Air Force’s EELV program

    March 24th, 2018

    The U.S. Air Force is considering Orbital ATK's Next Generation Launcher under its Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program. What does this new launch vehicle look like? How tall will it be? What will it capable of? To find the answers to these questions, SpaceFlight Insider spoke with one of the officials responsible for the new booster's development.

  • Luxembourg’s GovSat-1 satellite goes operational

    March 20th, 2018

    Launched on Jan. 31, 2018, the flight of the GovSat-1 got its start atop a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 40 in Florida. The spacecraft has come online and could aid in security efforts for the tiny European nation - as well as provide other services.

  • Indomitable: Stephen Hawking, master physicist, dead at 76

    March 15th, 2018

    He was one of the leading minds in theoretical physics, all the while confined to a wheelchair and forced to communicate through a speech-generating device. While alive, the brilliant mind of Stephen Hawking could not be stopped. That amazing intellect fell silent on March 14, 2018, when he died at age 76.

  • Pixels and privatization: An artist’s view of NewSpace

    March 11th, 2018

    They produce the imagery that inspires the masses to turn their gazes skyward, but what do artists actually think with regards to where space exploration is and where it is going? To find out, SpaceFlight Insider spoke with James Vaughan, a digital artist in the age of the privatization of space.

  • Lockheed Martin begins assembling Japanese JCSAT-17 communications satellite

    March 11th, 2018

    Lockheed Martin's assembly, test and launch operations (ATLO) team has begun the assembly of the JCSAT-17 communications satellite, which is slated to launch atop an Ariane 5 rocket from Kourou, French Guiana, sometime in 2019.

  • SFI Launch Highlights: Flight of GOES S on ULA Atlas V 541

    March 2nd, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Colorado-based United Launch Alliance (ULA) successfully launched an Atlas V 541 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 41 at 5:02 p.m. EST (22:02 GMT) on Thursday, March 1, 2018. The rocket's took place at the very opening of the launch window and saw the launch vehicle arc above the partly-cloudy Florida skies on its way to space. The following video was captured entirely by SpaceFlight Insider's fleet of remotes and our personnel who covered this important flight. 

  • ULA Atlas V lofts GOES-S satellite for NASA and NOAA

    March 1st, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Powered aloft by its lone RD-180 rocket engine and four Aerojet Rocketdyne AJ60A solid rocket boosters, a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 541 launched the GOES-S weather satellite into orbit on behalf of NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The mission saw the second in this series of next-generation weather satellites roar spaceward from Space Launch Complex 41.