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News Archive / Author: Michael Cole

Michael Cole is a life-long space flight enthusiast and author of some 36 educational books on space flight and astronomy for Enslow Publishers. He lives in Findlay, Ohio, not far from Neil Armstrong’s birthplace of Wapakoneta. His interest in space, and his background in journalism and public relations suit him for his focus on research and development activities at NASA Glenn Research Center, and its Plum Brook Station testing facility, both in northeastern Ohio. Cole reached out to SpaceFlight Insider and asked to join SFI as the first member of the organization’s “Team Glenn.”

Articles By Michael Cole

  • Students’ Moon rover replica arrives at Armstrong Air & Space Museum

    May 8th, 2016

    WAPAKONETA, Ohio — A group of engineering students from Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio, arrived last week at the Armstrong Air & Space Museum in Wapakoneta, Ohio. While lots of people their age spend time with their heads under the hoods of hot rods, hoping to become fast and furious, this group drove up to the front door of the museum, at the dizzying speed of 10 miles per hour, in an Apollo Lunar Rover – a replica they built themselves.

  • NASA Glenn dedicates display of historic Shuttle-Centaur booster

    May 8th, 2016

    GLENN RESEARCH CENTER, Ohio — A historic piece of NASA space hardware officially came home to the agency's Glenn Research Center on Friday, May 6, where a special ceremony was held to dedicate their newly completed Shuttle/Centaur G-Prime Upper Stage Rocket display.

  • Aerojet Rocketdyne’s $67M contract with NASA set to develop new SEP system

    April 30th, 2016

    NASA announced last week their selection of Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inc., of Redmond, Washington, to develop a newly advanced electric propulsion system. The new system is the next step in NASA's Solar Electric Propulsion (SEP) project, which is developing new technologies to expand the range and capabilities of future science and exploration missions.

  • Keeping fit in space a real workout for NASA human research teams

    April 24th, 2016

    British astronaut Tim Peake will be joining other runners of the 2016 London Marathon when he runs it from 250 miles (402 km) high on the International Space Station (ISS). Peake trained for the marathon for months on Earth as he prepared for ISS Expeditions 46/47, and he has continued to train in space since his arrival at the station Dec. 15 of last year.

  • Turn up the bass! Orion Service Module to begin acoustic testing at Plum Brook Station

    April 16th, 2016

    SANDUSKY, Ohio — Engineers and technicians wheeled the Orion service module test article into the powerful acoustic testing chamber at NASA's Glenn Research Center's Plum Brook Station testing facility in Sandusky, Ohio, last week. The long-awaited first round of testing is scheduled to begin Monday, April 18.

  • Alan Stern outlines New Horizons’ extended mission at Planetary Science Conference

    March 24th, 2016

    HOUSTON, Texas — Alan Stern, primary investigator of the New Horizons mission to Pluto, laid out the future of the mission in an address to the 47th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in Houston, Texas, on Monday, March 21.

  • Our SpaceFlight Heritage: NASA’s first emergency in space – The story of Gemini 8

    March 16th, 2016

    Fifty years ago today was an exciting and busy day at Cape Canaveral, Florida. However, it would turn into a type of excitement that NASA and the entire Gemini space program would have preferred to avoid.

  • Former astronaut Janet Kavandi named new director of NASA Glenn

    March 15th, 2016

    Former astronaut Janet Kavandi has been named the new Director of the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio; her appointment was announced on Monday, March 14. Kavandi was currently serving as the center's deputy director, a post she was named to in February of 2015.

  • NASA scores successful Orion solar array deployment test

    March 1st, 2016

    NASA took another important step in testing the Orion crewed spacecraft yesterday with the successful completion of a solar array deployment test inside the Space Power Facility (SPF) at NASA’s Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, Ohio.

  • Solar Electric Propulsion: ARRM an uncertain test for new technology

    February 28th, 2016

    Continuing our story about the solar electric propulsion (SEP) program at NASA's Glenn Research Center and its proposed demonstration on the future Asteroid Redirect Robotic Mission (ARRM), the effort to design and build higher powered systems is a high priority at the center. Part of the reason for this urgency is that a high powered SEP engine is needed, most immediately, for the propulsion system of the ARRM and has been a high priority at NASA because the direction for it came straight from President Obama, himself.

  • Solar Electric Propulsion: NASA’s engine to Mars and Beyond

    February 26th, 2016

    NASA is hard at work developing what they believe is the best space engine for future missions to Mars and beyond. It's not warp drive. No, nothing so exotic or dreamy. In fact, it already exists. The challenge is to enhance it for our needs in space in the coming decades. That is the hope, and the goal, of NASA's continuing development of solar electric propulsion.

  • NASA Glenn welcomes Orion’s European powerhouse for testing

    December 2nd, 2015

    NASA observed an important milestone in the Orion crewed space program on Monday, Nov. 30. During an event held inside the test bays of NASA's Plum Brook Station testing facility in Sandusky, Ohio, the agency marked the arrival of a structural test model of Orion's European Service Module (ESM).

  • OA-4 Cygnus encapsulated in PLF in preparation for flight

    November 19th, 2015

    Orbital ATK's Cygnus spacecraft has been encapsulated in its PLF and is scheduled to launch Dec. 3 on an ISS resupply run. The mission, called OA-4, will launch from Cape Canaveral's SLC-41 and will be sent orbit aboard a ULA Atlas V rocket. The cargo freighter is scheduled to rendezvous with the space station two days later.

  • Orion’s European Service Module arrives at NASA’s Glenn Research Center

    November 11th, 2015

    The Orion spacecraft's European-built Service Module arrived at NASA's Plum Brook Station testing facility in Sandusky, Ohio, today, where it will begin a long battery of tests in Plum Brook's giant Space Power Facility. The testing is in preparation for Orion's first unmanned test flight atop NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) rocket.

  • VEXAG meeting outlines plans for Venus exploration

    November 10th, 2015

    While Martian exploration and future human missions traveling to the Red Planet appear to be consuming much of NASA's attention and steal most of the space-related headlines, plans for the exploration of our other nearest planetary neighbor are continuing as well. One such effort is the Venus Exploration Analysis Group (VEXAG ).