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News Archive / Author: Ocean McIntyre

A native of the Greater Los Angeles area, Ocean McIntyre's writing is focused primarily on science (STEM and STEAM) education and public outreach. McIntyre is a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador as well as holding memberships with The Planetary Society, Los Angeles Astronomical Society, and is a founding member of SafePlaceForSpace.org. McIntyre is currently studying astrophysics and planetary science with additional interests in astrobiology, cosmology and directed energy propulsion technology. With SpaceFlight Insider seeking to expand the amount of science articles it produces, McIntyre was a welcomed addition to our growing team.

Articles By Ocean McIntyre

  • Delta II rocket successfully launches NOAA’s JPSS-1 satellite

    November 18th, 2017

    VANDENBERG, Calif. — In a spectacular nighttime launch from Space Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, United Launch Alliance’s penultimate Delta II rocket successfully lofted the newest and most advanced weather satellite in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA)’s fleet into polar orbit early this morning on November 18, 2017.

  • Launch of NOAA’s JPSS-1 slips 24 hours

    November 14th, 2017

    The launch of the first of NOAA’s planned four Joint Polar Satellite System satellites, JPSS-1, was scrubbed early in the morning of Nov. 14, 2017, due to a combination of wayward boats that had crossed into restricted space as well as a couple of positions that reported technical “no-goes” during the countdown and system checks.

  • NOAA’s next-generation weather satellite JPSS-1 set to launch Tuesday

    November 13th, 2017

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is eagerly anticipating the launch of the first satellite in the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS). JPSS-1 is the newest and most advanced weather satellite to date using many of the same instruments on the Suomi NPP satellite launched on October 28, 2011.

  • Orbital ATK successfully tests first motor case for Next Generation Launch Vehicle

    November 10th, 2017

    Orbital ATK of Dulles, Virginia, successfully reached another milestone last week in its development of an advanced solid rocket engine program to be used in intermediate- and large-class launch vehicles.

  • NASA’s Mars 2020 rover to be equipped with 23 ‘eyes’

    November 4th, 2017

    One of the key instruments that has accompanied every rover since Pathfinder became the first rover to land on the surface of Mars in 1997 are imagers – cameras. NASA’s newest rover continues this trend. In addition, it continues the trend of increased visible acuity that accompanies the increased instrument performance and improved technology.

  • Recent RS-25 test places SLS one step closer to flight

    October 26th, 2017

    NASA and Aerojet Rocketdyne carried out another 500-second test of an RS-25 rocket engine on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, at the space agency's Stennis Space Center located in Mississippi. The RS-25 engine E2063 test-fired during last week's review is planned for use on the second flight of NASA's new super-heavy-lift rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS), which will be Exploration Mission-2 (EM-2).

  • NASA awards launch contracts for Sentinel 6A and Landsat 9

    October 23rd, 2017

    On Thursday, Oct. 19, NASA announced two new launch contracts for missions designed to study and monitor the Earth. The Landsat 9 and Sentinel 6A satellites are both scheduled to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base located in California.

  • Mars hydrothermal deposits hint at habitable conditions

    October 21st, 2017

    A recent report in Nature Communications indicates that ancient Mars may have had deep sea-floor hydrothermal activity. Hydrothermal deposits on Earth are associated with the earliest signs of life and habitable environments today. Their detection on Mars has implications for the possibility of ancient life on the Red Planet.

  • Debris disks may be signposts of giant exoplanets

    October 17th, 2017

    Observations of star systems by an international group of researchers suggest that debris disks around stars may be indicative of giant exoplanets.

  • Solar storm sparks global aurora, doubles radiation levels on Mars

    October 4th, 2017

    An unexpectedly strong solar storm proved once again that the Sun, our closest star, is a remarkably powerful orb that exerts a huge influence over the bodies within the Solar System.

  • Our SpaceFlight Heritage: The decade of Dawn

    September 27th, 2017

    When the Dawn mission finally launched on September 27, 2007, many saw it as practically miraculous. The spacecraft had survived numerous cancellations and delays, and it was only with concerted effort that the mission was reinstated. Dawn had an audacious mandate, to do something that hadn't been attempted before – to travel to one body and then depart and head to another.

  • NASA’s OSIRIS-REx set for Earth flyby on way to Asteroid Bennu

    September 21st, 2017

    Traveling at a staggering 19,000 miles (30,758 km) per hour, NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will fly past its homeworld on its way to the asteroid Bennu. The slingshot maneuver will provide the Lockheed Martin-built probe with a push to an inclination of six degrees – the angle that Bennu orbits the Sun – from Earth's orbital plane and onward to the rocky leftover from the Solar System's formation.

  • Cassini: The legend and legacy of one of NASA’s most prolific missions

    September 17th, 2017

    PASADENA, Calif. — Just one month shy of twenty years in space, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft dramatically ended its mission in the early morning hours at approximately 4:55 a.m. PDT (7:55 a.m. EDT / 11:55 GMT) Earth-Received Time (ERT) on Friday, September 15, 2017.

  • Enigma of Jupiter’s powerful auroras

    September 10th, 2017

    The processes that drive Earth's auroras are generally understood; however, this cannot be said of the powerful Jovian auroras observed by NASA's Juno spacecraft currently orbiting the gas giant planet.

  • NASA F-18 chase plane tests ways to soften sonic booms

    August 24th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — NASA's decades-long aeronautics research continues in Florida throughout this week as Sonic Booms in Atmospheric Turbulence, or SonicBAT, advances its research to better understand sonic booms and the effects they produce in the atmosphere.