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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

  • MEV-1 working to expand spaceflight revolution, extend on-orbit operations

    September 19th, 2017

    It was once believed that the first stage of a rocket couldn't return to the launch site. On Dec. 22, 2015, this was shown not to be so. At the close of the Shuttle era, another long-held line of thinking was also shown to be outmoded. Now, Orbital ATK is working to expand efforts to have satellites be refueled and repaired while on orbit.

  • Reports: Purchase of Orbital ATK by Northrop Grumman could be imminent

    September 18th, 2017

    Reports appearing on Reuters, Bloomberg, and elsewhere are noting that Dulles, Virginia-based Orbital ATK could be purchased by defense contractor Northrop Grumman. The buyout could take place as early as Monday, Sept. 18. If this takes place, it would be just the latest merger stretching back to the earliest days of the Space Age.

  • Florida hurricane forces California launch delay

    September 9th, 2017

    United Launch Alliance (ULA) announced on Sept. 8, 2017, that the launch of an Atlas V 541 rocket carrying the NROL-42 mission for the National Reconnaissance Office has been postponed. While the launch is slated to take place in California, the delay was based on forecasting for Hurricane Irma.

  • ULA Atlas V NROL-42 scheduled for Sept. 14

    August 31st, 2017

    United Launch Alliance (ULA) recently announced that it is currently planning on launching the NROL-42 mission from Vandenberg Air Force Base's Space Launch Complex-3 (SLC-3) in California. At present, the mission is slated for launch on Sept. 14 of this year (2017). 

  • SFI LIVE: USAF’s ORS-5 mission atop Orbital ATK Minotaur IV

    August 25th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Orbital ATK is poised to launch one of the company’s Minotaur IV rockets from Cape Canaveral's SLC-46 in Florida on Friday, Aug. 25. The payload for this mission is the U.S. Air Force’s ORS-5 spacecraft, which will monitor satellites and debris to aid the U.S. military’s space situational awareness. SFI's Live Show will begin NET 12:30 a.m. EDT (04:30 GMT on Aug. 26).

  • USAF and Orbital ATK prepare for launch of ORS-5 mission

    August 23rd, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — With its Flight Readiness Review complete, an Orbital ATK Minotaur IV rocket sits poised to launch the U.S. Air Force’s Operationally Responsive Space (ORS)-5 satellite. ORS-5 is set to take to the skies from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex-46 (SLC-46) in Florida atop a Minotaur IV rocket late on August 25.

  • Orion update: Lighting the fire of awareness – Part 2

    August 22nd, 2017

    When it comes to inspiring people about the U.S.' efforts to explore the deep reaches of the Solar System, few people can inspire like an astronaut. SpaceFlight Insider spoke with NASA astronaut Lee Morin about what the space agency had him doing to provide not just an understanding of space but also excitement for what it awaits.

  • Orion update: Lighting the fire of awareness – Part 1

    August 21st, 2017

    Officials with NASA sat down with SpaceFlight Insider to discuss the current status of the Orion program, which evolved into discussions on how the space agency is working to spread the word about the new crew-rated capsule as well as the ties that the program has with past efforts—and more.

  • Imagining the future: How illustrators shape visions of the future

    August 18th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Oftentimes, the public becomes inspired about space by seeing fantastic imagery, photos, and illustrations. Men like Robert McCall, Chesley Bonestell, and Alan Bean have lit the fire of imagination in a million minds. It was with this firmly in mind that SFI sat down with our team of graphic and photo illustrators and asked them: What got them interested in sharing their excitement for space exploration with the world?

  • SFI LIVE: Launch coverage of NASA’s TDRS-M

    August 18th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- SpaceFlight Insider is at Kennedy Space Center's Press Site for today's webcast covering the flight of a ULA Atlas V 401 rocket with the third next generation TDRS-M. SFI's Live Show is slated to begin at 7:30 a.m. EDT (11:30 GMT) with the 40-minute launch window opening at 8:03 a.m. EDT (12:03 GMT). 

  • SFI Video: Launch of SpaceX Falcon 9 with CRS-12 Dragon

    August 16th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX launched one of the company's Falcon 9 rockets with the CRS-12 Dragon spacecraft on behalf of NASA at 12:31 p.m. EDT (16:31 GMT) from Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A on Monday, Aug. 14, 2017. SpaceFlight Insider captured the event live and, with the help of NASA, produced this stunning video of the important resupply flight.

  • Live Coverage: Launch of NASA’s CRS-12 on SpaceX Falcon 9

    August 14th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — NASA and SpaceX are preparing to launch the 12th Commercial Resupply Services mission to the International Space Station atop one of the company's "Full Thrust" Falcon 9 rockets. Liftoff is currently scheduled for 12:31 p.m. EDT (16:31 GMT) from historic Launch Complex 39A. Tune in here for SpaceX's Live Webcast.

  • Lockheed Martin’s A2100 bus modernized and poised for new missions

    August 11th, 2017

    Engineers with Colorado-based Lockheed Martin have finished integrating the first, modernized, A2100 satellite – an upgraded version of a design that has been successfully deployed numerous times in the past. What will become the Hellas-Sat-4/SaudiGeoSat-1 satellite will now undergo final assembling and testing and is slated to launch in the first half of next year (2018).

  • US Geological Survey’s Landsat 9 satellite progressing toward 2020 launch

    August 10th, 2017

    The U.S. Geological Survey's Landsat 9 spacecraft is making steady progress toward its planned launch in December of 2020. If everything goes as currently planned, the satellite will be launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The contract to produce the spacecraft was awarded in 2016 and will mark the continuation of a program that can trace its lineage back 45 years. 

  • Review: The Sky Below: A True Story of Summits, Space, and Speed

    August 6th, 2017

    Those suffering from an inferiority complex probably shouldn't read the new book "The Sky Below". An in-depth review of the many adventures of former NASA shuttle astronaut Scott Parazynski, it covers his many accomplishments and at the same time keeping a very conversational tone. For those interested in the background of some of America's more recent space flyers, it has much to offer.