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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

  • 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.

  • ULA announces payloads for its Future Heavy intern rocket

    May 27th, 2017

    United Launch Alliance has announced the student payloads that will fly on the Future Heavy intern sport rocket to be launched during the Spaceport America Cup competition held on June 20–24, 2017, at the Spaceport America facility in New Mexico.

  • Masten achieves first hot-fire of Broadsword rocket engine

    May 14th, 2017

    Masten Space Systems recently completed a 13-month design, build, and test period of its first development Broadsword 25 rocket engine. The new engine is currently being developed for the DARPA’s Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1) program.

  • Aerojet Rocketdyne continues development on AR1 Engine with successful CDR

    May 11th, 2017

    Aerojet Rocketdyne continues to make progress on its new AR1 engine by completing its Critical Design Review (CDR) recently. With the completion of the CDR, the engine is still on track to be certified for flight by 2019.

  • 1st Iridium NEXT satellites put into production

    May 6th, 2017

    Iridium Communications announced that it has completed integrating its first next generation communication spacecraft, called Iridium NEXT, into its constellation of satellites.

  • Starliner’s propulsion system engines complete qualification tests

    May 2nd, 2017

    Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner space capsule got a further boost toward completion when the engines being built for its reactive propulsion system by Aerojet Rocketdyne passed their qualification tests.

  • Russia claims U.S. will continue to purchase RD-180 engines

    April 22nd, 2017

    On Friday, April 14, 2017, Yuri Vlasov, CEO of the United Rocket and Space Corporation, stated that the RD-180 engines, which currently power the Atlas V booster, would be delivered to the United States until 2024–2025.

  • Problems continue to plague Russian space program

    April 13th, 2017

    Russia’s space program has encountered numerous problems in recent years that has put its reliability into doubt. While space is risky for everyone, Russia’s space program had been robust for many years until things started to decline during the past decade.

  • Global-IP Cayman secures launch slot with SpaceX

    April 5th, 2017

    SpaceX, on the heels of its successful launch of the SES-10 communications satellite using a previously flown Falcon 9 first stage, will add Global-IP Cayman to its list of customers needing a satellite launched.

  • Lockheed Martin built GEO Flight 3 Satellite returns first images

    March 30th, 2017

    The United States Air Force’s GEO Flight 3 surveillance satellite recently returned its first images, an event known as “first light”.