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News Archive / Author: Jim Siegel

Jim Siegel comes from a business and engineering background, as well as a journalistic one. He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University, an MBA from the University of Michigan, and executive certificates from Northwestern University and Duke University. Jim got interested in journalism in 2002. As a resident of Celebration, FL, Disney’s planned community outside Orlando, he has written and performed photography extensively for the Celebration Independent and the Celebration News. He has also written for the Detroit News, the Indianapolis Star, and the Northwest Indiana Times (where he started his newspaper career at age 11 as a paperboy). Jim is well known around Celebration for his photography, and he recently published a book of his favorite Celebration scenes. Jim has covered the Kennedy Space Center since 2006. His experience has brought a unique perspective to his coverage of first, the space shuttle Program, and now the post-shuttle era, as US space exploration accelerates its dependence on commercial companies. He specializes in converting the often highly technical aspects of the space program into contexts that can be understood and appreciated by average Americans.

Articles By Jim Siegel

  • Telestar 18V set for Sunday night liftoff atop SpaceX’s Falcon 9

    September 8th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The Sunday night sky over Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 40 is scheduled to erupt briefly in a blaze of light as a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts the Telstar 18 VANTAGE communications satellite into orbit for the Canadian satellite services provider Telesat.

  • SES-12 flies to orbit in early morning SpaceX launch

    June 4th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- SpaceX carried out yet another successful launch, but it didn't retrieve the rocket's first stage, nor did it use the Block 5 version of the launch vehicle. The NewSpace company did, however, work to recover one element of the booster.

  • SpaceX prepping Falcon 9 to launch SES-12 mission

    May 28th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Following the successful launch of a communications satellite on May 11, 2018, from Kennedy Space Center SLC-39A,  SpaceX is scheduled to launch another communications satellite from Florida on May 31, 2018, this time from nearby Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's SLC-40.  The customer is SES, a giant European communications conglomerate.  If everything goes as planned, this will be the sixth launch of an SES satellite by SpaceX.

  • SpaceX’s Block 5 Falcon 9 another space launch game-changer

    May 16th, 2018

    At a media teleconference before the first flight of the Block 5 Falcon 9 rocket, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk outlined some of the various upgrades to the Falcon 9 on the Block 5 version and revealed that, sometime next year, the company plans to launch, recover, re-fuel and re-launch a rocket within 24 hours.

  • Think failure isn’t an option? NASA has a job for you

    April 9th, 2018

    Have you ever envisioned yourself as one of NASA's flight directors overseeing space exploration missions from Houston’s Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center? Well, now is your chance as the U.S. space agency has recently posted the flight director position on USAJobs.

  • TESS scientist explains what the Goldilocks orbit is

    February 21st, 2018

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- NASA is planning on launching the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) mission about mid-April aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. TESS is planned to operate from a "sweet spot" so to speak, but Goldilocks zones and Goldilocks orbits aren't the same. 

  • Will the ISS continue beyond 2024?

    February 20th, 2018

    Buried in the middle of his Feb. 12, 2018, statement regarding NASA’s proposed 2019 FY budget, acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot sent a bit of a shock wave through the space community with an announcement that could see the fate of the International Space Station forever altered.

  • Launch of SpaceX Falcon 9 with GovSat-1 delayed 24 hours

    January 30th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- With about an hour to go before the launch window opened at 4:25 p.m. EST (21:25 GMT) on Jan. 30, SpaceX scrubbed its attempt to send aloft a Falcon 9 rocket with a communications satellite named GovSat-1, due to a second-stage sensor issue. 

  • Science and technology to get boost from CRS-12 mission

    August 12th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The cargo aboard NASA’s scheduled Aug. 14, 2017, CRS mission to the ISS could help more people than just the six crew and cosmonauts currently living there. With more than three tons of experiments and materials being ferried, SpaceX's Dragon capsule could benefit people ranging from those suffering from Parkinson's disease, to those seeking bio-engineered organs, to soldiers on the battlefield.

  • NanoRacks airlock moving toward 2019 installation on the ISS

    July 21st, 2017

    Five months ago, NanoRacks LLC announced it would partner with Boeing to build the first private airlock for the International Space Station. That initiative is progressing and recently achieved a design milestone with the successful test of a NASA-built, full-scale mockup at the Johnson Space Center in the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL).

  • Where’s the Beef? NASA OA-7 mission takes a look at astronauts’ menu

    April 21st, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — One of many challenges of long-duration space travel is storing the necessary food and other supplies. Without a way to replenish supplies, a mission to Mars would have to be self-sustaining. One way of reducing the very large amount of food required for such a trip would be to grow some of that food on the way.

  • Kilowatts and Sea Turtles: NASA’s Thermal Energy Storage Project

    February 25th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — NASA is currently working under an initiative to better utilize the energy that helps power the location's facilities. This includes a large thermal energy storage tank that was recently installed.

  • OSIRIS-REx – the human factor

    September 28th, 2016

    While the world is frequently amazed at the powerful and precise equipment required to explore the cosmos, the technology would be useless without one particular asset – people.

  • OPINION: What are the 2016 presidential contenders’ views on space?

    September 25th, 2016

    Voters are likely having a hard time learning about how Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump feel about space exploration. Neither of their websites mentions NASA or space exploration. The platforms for each Party only give a cursory mention of these topics. Space exploration simply doesn't top the agenda during this election.

  • OSIRIS-REx bound for 4.5 billion mile journey for some priceless pebbles

    September 7th, 2016

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — On Thursday, September 8, 2016, NASA’s latest foray into space, a mission named OSIRIS-REx, is scheduled to launch from Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station adjacent to Kennedy Space Center in Florida. While the objective of the mission might appear tiny, what the "might" possibly be is profound.