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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

  • NOAA releases first images of Sun taken by GOES 17

    June 13th, 2018

    Launched on March 1, 2018 atop a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V 541 rocket, the GOES-17 spacecraft has beamed back its first images of the Sun. 

  • Launch of NASA ICON mission postponed

    June 10th, 2018

    NASA and Northrop Grumman have decided to delay the launch of the Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) mission due to what has been described as "off-nominal data" discovered from the mission's launch vehicle.

  • Alan Bean, Don Peterson remembered at ceremony at Kennedy Space Center

    May 31st, 2018

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Two astronauts who passed away in recent days were the subject of a memorial held at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex on Wednesday, May 30, 2018. Many colleagues paid their respects to Alan Bean and Don Peterson each of whom added their own legacies to space flight history.

  • Launch of SpaceX Falcon 9 with SES-12 slips to NET June 4

    May 31st, 2018

    The launch of the SES-12 communications satellite has been pushed back at least three days as SpaceX reviews the condition of the Falcon 9 rocket's second stage.

  • Aviator, Apollo Astronaut, Artist: Alan Bean passes away at 86

    May 26th, 2018

    Alan Bean, a U.S. Navy test pilot who would go on to become an Apollo and Skylab astronaut and one of just 12 men to walk on the Moon, has died at the Houston Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas. His death marks the passing of the last crew member who comprised humanity's second crewed trip to the Moon - Apollo 12.

  • 2 new JPSS spacecraft to be produced under NASA’s Rapid III contract

    May 26th, 2018

    Two additional Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) spacecraft are now set to be constructed by Dulles, Virginia-based Orbital ATK for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

  • Coolant problems found on GOES 17 satellite

    May 24th, 2018

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has found a performance problem with an instrument's cooling system on the GOES-17 spacecraft. The satellite was launched March 1, 2018, atop an Atlas V 541 rocket.

  • GALLERY: Orbital ATK Antares rocket launches OA-9 Cygnus spacecraft

    May 23rd, 2018

    WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. — Launching into the early-morning skies from the central part of the U.S. East Coast, Orbital ATK's Antares rocket orbited the company's OA-9 Cygnus cargo spacecraft on a mission to resupply the International Space Station.

  • First motor segment for new OmegA rocket produced

    May 23rd, 2018

    The first inert motor segment produced for tests of Orbital ATK's new OmegA rocket has been completed. This new segment has been designed as part of the Common Boost Segment (CBS) program. This is the latest step in efforts designed to produce new launch vehicles.

  • OA-9 Cygnus named in honor of J.R. Thompson

    May 8th, 2018

    The OA-9 Cygnus spacecraft, currently scheduled to launch on May 20 from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia - has a name. Breaking with tradition of how these vehicles have been named in the past, the OA-9 Cygnus will not bear the name of a former astronaut.

  • SBIRS GEO Flight-4 beams back first images

    May 6th, 2018

    The first images from the fourth of the United States Air Force's Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) have been sent back to the ground in what has been dubbed “first light" - marking a milestone for the most-recently launched SBIRS spacecraft.

  • Mars 2020 rover heat shield fracture discovered

    April 29th, 2018

    The heat shield planned to be used for NASA's Mars 2020 rover mission developed a fracture during structural testing, a post-test inspection showed. NASA said this issue should not impact the mission's launch readiness date of July 17, 2020.

  • 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.