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News Archive / Author: Lloyd Campbell

Lloyd Campbell’s first interest in space began when he was a very young boy in the 1960s with NASA’s Gemini and Apollo programs. That passion continued in the early 1970s with our continued exploration of our Moon, and was renewed by the Shuttle Program. Having attended the launch of Space Shuttle Discovery on its final two missions, STS-131, and STS-133, he began to do more social networking on space and that developed into writing more in-depth articles. Since then he’s attended the launch of the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover, the agency’s new crew-rated Orion spacecraft on Exploration Flight Test 1, and multiple other uncrewed launches. In addition to writing, Lloyd has also been doing more photography of launches and aviation. He enjoys all aspects of space exploration, both human, and robotic, but his primary passions lie with human exploration and the vehicles, rockets, and other technologies that allow humanity to explore space.

Articles By Lloyd Campbell

  • New Russian lunar orbiter contracted to be built

    December 6th, 2017

    The Russian Space Agency (Roscosmos) is proceeding with a new project to build a lunar orbiter which will be the first of numerous new lunar missions the agency is planning.

  • Antares OA-8 launch scrubbed

    November 11th, 2017

    The Orbital-ATK Antares 230 rocket with the S.S. Gene Cernan (Cygnus CRS OA-8E) spacecraft atop was poised for liftoff from NASA's Wallops Island Flight facility this morning at 7:37 a.m. EST (12:37 GMT), but the launch was aborted "due to aircraft in the restricted area" – according to the company's statement.

  • S.S. Gene Cernan set to conduct cargo run to International Space Station

    November 10th, 2017

    WALLOPS FLIGHT FACILITY, Va. — NASA and Orbital ATK are preparing to launch some 7,385 pounds (3,350 kg) of cargo, crew supplies, and experiments to the International Space Station. The mission is currently scheduled to fly on Nov. 11, 2017, at 7:37 a.m. EST from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport's Pad-0A.

  • SpaceX set to resume launches from Space Launch Complex 40

    October 29th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Commercial launch service provider SpaceX appears to be ready to resume launches from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station located in Florida.

  • Sentinel-5P rides to orbit on former ICBM launcher

    October 13th, 2017

    A Rockot three-stage launcher provided the boost into orbit for the European Space Agency’s newest environmental observation satellite, the Sentinel-5 Precursor – also known as Sentinel-5P.

  • ULA Atlas V places NROL-42 classified payload into orbit

    September 24th, 2017

    VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — A United Launch Alliance Atlas V 541 rocket has successfully lifted off from Launch Complex 3 at the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California to deliver a classified satellite into orbit for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO).

  • NROL-42 classified surveillance satellite set to launch

    September 20th, 2017

    A secretive National Reconnaissance Office satellite, NROL-42, is poised to launch from Space Launch Complex-3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Thursday, September 21, 2017.

  • Boosters for NASA’s Space Launch System complete avionics test

    September 7th, 2017

    The solid rocket boosters that will power NASA's new Space Launch System super-heavy-lift rocket away from Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39B took another step toward flight today when Orbital ATK announced that the avionics system which will control the new boosters has completed its qualification testing.

  • Google Lunar XPRIZE gets mission deadline, new awards

    August 28th, 2017

    The Google Lunar XPRIZE competition, designed to inspire engineers and entrepreneurs to land a vehicle on the Moon, has been given a slight modification to its deadline. Teams no longer have to launch by Dec. 31, 2017, to stay competitive; instead, they just have to focus on completing their missions by March 31, 2018.

  • Flight proven Falcon 9 booster may launch the SES-11 satellite into orbit

    August 15th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — If rumors that have been circulating prove to be true, the SES-11 satellite launch, currently scheduled for no earlier than September 27, 2017, may fly on a flight-proven SpaceX Falcon 9 booster.

  • SpaceX launching last new first-generation Dragon cargo ship

    August 4th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX is set to send its next supply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) as early as Aug. 13, 2017. That mission, CRS-12, will mark the end of an era as it will be the last new first-generation Dragon spacecraft to fly.

  • Soyuz MS-05 successfully launches three-man crew to the ISS

    July 28th, 2017

    The Soyuz MS-05 crew is on its way to the International Space Station (ISS) following a flawless launch from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Liftoff occurred at 11:41 a.m. EDT (9:41 p.m. local time / 15:41 GMT) on Friday, July 28, 2017, utilizing the Soyuz-FG rocket. This was the 134th flight of a crewed Soyuz vehicle.

  • SpaceX to launch, land 2 Falcon 9 rockets just days apart

    June 21st, 2017

    Due to an adjustment in its mission manifest, SpaceX will attempt to fly two Falcon 9 rockets a little more than 50 hours apart – from opposite sides of the United States. Using two different launch teams, it would set a new record for successive launches by the company.

  • Deep Space Network – providing communications for over 50 years

    June 11th, 2017

    The NASA Deep Space Network (DSN) comprises three sites across the globe which provide telecommunications with interplanetary spacecraft located throughout the Solar System and beyond.

  • BEAM module marks one year in service

    June 4th, 2017

    Bigelow Aerospace’s Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) module recently marked its one-year anniversary as a part of the International Space Station.