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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

  • What was a SpaceX Crew Dragon doing in Port Canaveral?

    February 25th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- It appears a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft had come to Port Canaveral. Affixed to the back of Go Searcher vessel that had arrived in port on Saturday, Feb. 24. The "capsule" appeared to sport the side-mounted SuperDraco thrusters - but what was it really?

  • Payload fairing issues resurface to delay Hispasat 30W-6 launch

    February 24th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- SpaceX's had hoped to conduct the fifth launch of 2018 on Feb. 25 with the launch of the Hispasat 30W-6 satellite - when it appears an old nemesis reared its head - the Falcon 9's Payload Fairing. Will this issue delay other SpaceX flights as well?

  • NASA hosts National Space Council meeting at Kennedy Space Center

    February 22nd, 2018

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida played host to a meeting of the National Space Council, chaired by Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday, Feb. 21. It served as a venue to unveil the Trump Administration's plans for human space exploration as well as to acknowledge potential threats to the U.S.' space industry.

  • Arabsat’s latest communications satellite assembled in preparation for flight

    February 20th, 2018

    The Arabsat-6A satellite has completed primary assembly and has been shipped to Lockheed Martin's Sunnyvale, California facilities to begin testing in preparation for flight.

  • CASIS announces change of leadership

    February 17th, 2018

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL (February 16, 2018) – The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) has announced that President and Executive Director Gregory H. Johnson plans to leave the nonprofit organization effective March 10, 2018, after serving in that position for nearly five years.

  • Orion spacecraft planned for lunar mission begins construction by Lockheed Martin

    February 14th, 2018

    Lockheed Martin has begun producing the Orion spacecraft that is planned to send NASA astronauts on a journey around the Moon. NASA's Exploration Mission 2 (EM-2) which is currently slated for a 2022 launch date has seen the first two components of the craft's pressure vessel welded together.

  • What really happened to GovSat-1’s Falcon 9 first stage?

    February 12th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A report stating that the Falcon 9 first stage used to launch the GovSat-1 satellite was destroyed by an airstrike has been categorically denied both by SpaceX and the U.S. Air Force.

  • Video: SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch highlights

    February 10th, 2018

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- SpaceFlight Insider had more than 20 cameras pointed at SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket on Tuesday, Feb. 6 - and a number of those were video cameras placed at Launch Complex 39A. The following video package is made solely of video captured by SFI.

  • SFI LIVE: Inaugural flight of SpaceX Falcon Heavy

    February 6th, 2018

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- SpaceX has the company's first Falcon Heavy launch vehicle poised for flight at Launch Complex 39A in Florida. The window for the flight is currently set to open at 1:30 p.m. EST (18:30 GMT). SFI will begin broadcasting our exclusive live webcast one hour prior to T-0.

  • Launch of GovSat-1 clears the way for first flight of Falcon Heavy

    January 31st, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The tiny European nation of Luxembourg was able to honor some of its commitments to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization by having the GovSat-1 communications satellite sent to orbit today. SpaceX successfully sent the spacecraft aloft via a ‘Full Thrust’ Falcon 9 rocket at 4:25 p.m. EST (21:25 GMT) on Wednesday, Jan. 31. The flight helped set the stage for one of the most anticipated missions of 2018.

  • SFI LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 with GovSat-1

    January 31st, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- SpaceX is preparing to launch its first Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's SLC 40 in Florida on Wednesday, Jan. 31. The two-hour long launch window is set to open at 4:25 p.m. EST (21:25 GMT). SFI Live should begin its coverage at 4 p.m. EST (21:00 GMT). While other sites promise you "live" coverage they only share the work of others. Only SFI hosts its own Live Show from the launch site!

  • Second Falcon 9 of 2018 readied to loft Luxembourg’s GovSat-1

    January 29th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — While the world might be waiting with breathless anticipation for the first test flight of its Falcon Heavy rocket, SpaceX is pressing forward with its 2018 launch manifest. The next mission the Hawthorne, California-based company is working to send aloft is the GovSat-1 satellite for Luxembourg.

  • Shutdown, accusations of racism and launch delays – 2018 starting out rough for NASA

    January 28th, 2018

    So far 2018 is not starting out very well for NASA. With a government shutdown that started on Jan. 20, slowing work, announcements that its Commercial Crew Program has suffered yet another delay and accusations of racism - the space agency has had years start better than 2018.

  • With end of Atlas V planned, ULA assumes responsibility for marketing and sales of Atlas V

    January 22nd, 2018

    Colorado-based United Launch Alliance (ULA) is preparing to move from its Atlas V and Delta IV rocket lines and toward the new "Vulcan" launch system. With some estimates only giving two years left on the rocket's launch manifest - the company has announced on Monday, Jan. 22, 2018 that it had assumed responsibility for the marketing and sales of Atlas V rocket.

  • Launch of SBIRS GEO 4 scrubbed

    January 18th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The planned flight of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 411 rocket has been scrubbed by at least 24 hours due to unspecified reasons. The mission was set to lift off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 41 in Florida with the fourth Space Based Infrared System GEO (SBIRS GEO 4) satellite with the window scheduled to open at 7:52 p.m. EST (00:52 GMT on Friday, Jan. 19).