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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,, The Mars Society and Universe Today.

Articles By Jason Rhian

  • DARPA selects rocket engine for XS-1 experimental spaceplane

    May 27th, 2017

    Aerojet Rocketdyne has been chosen to provide the main propulsion for the Boeing and the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency reusable Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1).

  • Grabbe joins Astrobotic’s team

    May 24th, 2017

    Google Lunar X PRIZE contestant Astrobotic, at one time considered by many to be the frontrunner in the effort to land the first commercial rover on the surface of the Moon (they have since dropped out of the contest), has tapped Kit Grabbe to serve as the organization's Principal Systems Engineer.

  • NASA astronaut resigned in 2016 after fraud revelation, according to Gizmodo

    May 22nd, 2017

    NASA is arguably one of the most positively viewed organizations in all of the federal government. However, over the last decade, a number of incidents have placed the space agency in a bad light. The most recent one was revealed in a Gizmodo report indicating an astronaut resigned late in 2016 after it was found they had fraudulently filed multiple travel reimbursement claims.

  • Curt Brown tapped as Astronaut Scholarship Foundation Chairman

    May 21st, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation has a new chairman: former shuttle astronaut Curt Brown. He will be taking the reins of the organization from fellow space flight veteran Dan Brandenstein. The announcement was made during the 2017 U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame induction Gala.

  • Astronaut Hall of Fame welcomes Foale, Ochoa to its ranks

    May 20th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — Two NASA astronauts joined the elite ranks of the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame located at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex's $100 million Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibit. Given that both Michael Foale and Ellen Ochoa flew on OV-104 (Atlantis), the duo makes the Friday, May 19, ceremony all the more poignant.

  • NASA: No crew to fly on EM-1

    May 13th, 2017

    NASA acting administrator Robert Lightfoot and other NASA officials provided an overview of the feasibility study of having crew fly on the first flight of the agency's new super-heavy-lift rocket – the Space Launch System (SLS). Both the studies primary areas came up with one answer to the question of whether astronauts could be included on the mission: No.

  • Our SpaceFlight Heritage: One-on-One with NASA’s George Diller

    May 7th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — Those who watched NASA's shuttles and planetary missions leave Earth for distant destinations and thrilled as the countdown reach zero are familiar with the voice of George Diller. Diller, in his role as a public affairs officer, has been the voice that announced the start of many missions – but that time is now drawing to a close.

  • SFI LIVE: Launch of classified NROL-76 mission on SpaceX Falcon 9

    April 30th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Hawthorne, California-based Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) has a 'Full Thrust' Falcon 9 rocket primed to launch its first mission for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). The NROL-76 mission has a two-hour long launch window in which to get off the pad, tune into SFI LIVE for the only on-site webcast to be held from this important mission.

  • 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.