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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

  • Orbital ATK’s Antares rocket launches OA-9 Cygnus to resupply ISS

    May 21st, 2018

    WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. — Another load of supplies, science experiments and CubeSats is on its way to the International Space Station. In the early-morning hours of May 21, 2018, Orbital ATK launched its OA-9 Cygnus spacecraft atop an Antares 230 rocket.

  • OA-9 Cygnus resupply craft set for Monday morning launch to ISS

    May 19th, 2018

    WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. — Orbital ATK is set to send its next Cygnus resupply freighter to the International Space Station. The company's OA-9 mission is currently aiming for a liftoff at 4:39 a.m. EDT (08:39 GMT) May 21, 2018, from Pad-0A at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility.

  • OA-9 Cygnus resupply mission postponed by 24 hours to May 21

    May 18th, 2018

    Orbital ATK's next resupply mission to the International Space Station has been postponed 24 hours, according to the company. The OA-9 Cygnus cargo spacecraft's flight into space atop an Antares rocket had originally been scheduled for May 20, 2018.

  • NASA awards Venture Class contracts to Rocket Lab, Virgin Orbit

    May 12th, 2018

    NASA has awarded launch contracts to two launch providers, Rocket Lab and Virgin Orbit, whose rockets carry smaller payloads than the traditional workhorse rockets used to orbit uncrewed spacecraft and satellites.

  • United Launch Alliance gets new chief operating officer

    April 27th, 2018

    With the retirement of Dan Collins earlier this year from United Launch Alliance (ULA) after serving 11 years as its Chief Operating Officer (COO), the search for a replacement began. ULA has now named John Elbon as that replacement.

  • Altman, Jones inducted into US Astronaut Hall of Fame

    April 25th, 2018

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — On April 21, 2018, the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame membership swelled to a total of 97 when Space Shuttle astronauts Thomas Jones and Scott Altman were inducted into the hall. This was the 17th induction of astronauts from the Space Shuttle era.

  • U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame to induct two new members

    April 20th, 2018

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. --The U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame will induct two new astronauts on April 21, 2018. Joining the other 95 astronauts from the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, and Space Shuttle Programs will be Space Shuttle astronauts Thomas Jones and Scott Altman.

  • GSAT-6A satellite remains silent on orbit

    April 8th, 2018

    The GSAT-6A communications satellite that was launched atop a GSLV Mark II rocket March 29, 2018, has not been heard from since the satellite's Liquid Apogee Motor (LAM) completed its second orbit-raising burn, the Indian Space Resource Organisation confirmed on its website.

  • 10 more Iridium NEXT satellites launched by SpaceX Falcon 9

    March 30th, 2018

    After a stellar 2017 with 18 launches of its Falcon 9 rocket, SpaceX continues its rapid launch rate for 2018 with its successful launch of the Iridium-5 mission from Space Launch Complex 4E (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg  Air Force Base (VAFB) in California.

  • SpaceX readies Falcon 9 for launch with 10 Iridium NEXT satellites

    March 29th, 2018

    The next 10 satellites that will form the Iridium NEXT constellation of communication satellites are slated to launch atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at 7:14 a.m. PDT (10:14 a.m. EDT / 14:14 GMT) March 30, 2018, from Space Launch Complex 4E (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB) in California.

  • UPDATE: Iridium-5 launch postponed to March 30

    March 27th, 2018

    Due to an issue with one of the 10 Iridium NEXT satellites bound for space atop the next Falcon 9 launch from Space Launch Complex 4E at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, the Iridium-5 flight has been delayed.

  • Astrobotic wins NASA award to produce small lunar rover

    March 18th, 2018

    Astrobotic, in partnership with Carnegie Mellon University, has been selected by NASA to receive a Phase II SBIR award to develop a small lunar rover capable of carrying on small scale science and exploration on the Moon and other planetary surfaces.

  • SpaceX launches PAZ radar imaging satellite into orbit

    February 22nd, 2018

    With three successful flights already under their belt already this year, SpaceX successfully launched Spain’s PAZ radar imaging satellite along with two secondary payloads, both of them being SpaceX’s own satellites named Microsat-2a and Microsat-2b which are believed to be technology demonstrators for the company’s Starlink satellite broadband service.

  • Sierra Nevada Corporation targets late 2020 for first Dream Chaser resupply mission

    February 8th, 2018

    Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has announced that NASA has given its Authority to Proceed with the Dream Chaser spacecraft’s first cargo mission to the International Space Station (ISS).

  • Google Lunar X-PRIZE competition ending without winners

    January 23rd, 2018

    Google has made its last extension to the 10-year-old Google Lunar XPRIZE competition, where different teams are building landers and rovers to go to the Moon. The prize for the winner is $20 million if they complete the landing, travel at least 1,640 feet (500 meters) across the surface and transmit back video and photographs.