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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

  • 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”.

  • Rocket Lab acquires additional funding for further development of new launch system

    March 26th, 2017

    Rocket Lab recently secured $75 million in additional funding from a group of investors including Data Collective, Promus Ventures, and another investor whose name was not announced. The additional funding brings their total funds, to date, up to $145 million.

  • NASA conducts 13th test of Space Launch System RS-25 engine

    March 25th, 2017

    The powerful RS-25 engine that will be used on NASA's new super-heavy-lift Space Launch System (SLS) underwent its 13th test March 23, 2017, at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.

  • Trump Administration proposes 2018 NASA budget

    March 17th, 2017

    The recent release of the Trump administration’s 2018 budget blueprint reveals that many of the items he said he would cut for NASA are actually being cut in favor of continuing other NASA priorities. The overall cut to the NASA budget is less than 1 percent of the 2017 budget which is good news for the space agency. The total NASA budget as proposed is $19.1 billion.

  • Our SpaceFlight Heritage: Apollo 11’s Columbia CM preparing for 4 city tour

    March 15th, 2017

    The Apollo 11 Command Module, Columbia, is currently being prepared for its first trip in more than 40 years. Having completed its first major trip, a journey to the Moon in 1969, the spacecraft toured the country before being turned over to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in 1971.

  • NASA conducts successful Orion parachute test

    March 14th, 2017

    NASA conducted another Orion parachute test on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, and the test vehicle performed perfectly. A C-17 aircraft lifted the Orion engineering model equipped with instrumentation to document the test, to a height of 25,000 feet (7,620 meters) before releasing it for its controlled descent.

  • DigitalGlobe Acquired by MDA

    March 4th, 2017

    DigitalGlobe, a satellite imagery company based in Westminster, Colorado, and MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) – a Canadian radar, telecommunications, and imagery corporation – will merge into one company later in 2017.

  • Boeing to build satellite to increase Asia Pacific connectivity

    February 23rd, 2017

    Boeing announced on Feb. 20, 2017, that it has contracted to build a satellite for two customers: SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation and Kacific Broadband Satellites. The new "702 satellite" will provide expanded coverage for mobile, telephone, data, and internet users across the Asia Pacific region.