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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

  • 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.

  • Aerojet Rocketdyne starts off a busy 2018 with hot fire of RS-25 engine

    January 17th, 2018

    NASA and Aerojet Rocketdyne conducted another successful test firing of the Space Launch System’s core stage main engine, the RS-25, on Jan 16 2018.

  • Blue Origin returns to flight with New Shepard launch

    December 12th, 2017

    Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ up-and-coming space launch company Blue Origin sent the latest version of the company's New Shepard sub-orbital rocket today (December 12). Liftoff occurred around midday EST from the firm's launch facility outside of Van Horn, Texas.

  • 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.