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News Archive / Author: Rae Botsford End

Rae Botsford End is a freelance writer and editor whose primary work currently is writing technical white papers, contributing to SFI, and working on a speculative fiction novel that she hopes to have published soon. Rae wanted an opportunity to report on the various space-related events in and around Florida's Space Coast and approached SFI's founder about the possibility. Rae now covers an array of subjects for our growing website.

Articles By Rae Botsford End

  • Astronauts Baker and Fossum retire from NASA

    January 11th, 2017

    On Saturday, Jan. 7, astronauts Mike Baker and Mike Fossum both retired from NASA to pursue work in the private sector. Both of the spaceflight veterans served in the U.S. military, and both wore numerous hats during their time with the space agency.

  • Rocket Lab’s Rutherford engine qualified for flight

    March 24th, 2016

    On Monday, March 21, aerospace startup Rocket Lab announced that its Rutherford engine, named for the New Zealand-born British physicist, has been qualified for flight. This milestone is the latest for the firm who has been working to field their Electron rocket in the middle of this year.

  • Jason-3 satellite to track rising sea levels, global weather

    January 16th, 2016

    After several delays throughout 2015, the Jason-3 satellite is now ready to take its place as the latest instrument deployed to track the changing surface height of Earth's oceans. The spacecraft is set to be launched atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Jan. 17.

  • Amateur spaceflight? Copenhagen Suborbitals, SpaceChain Space Program give it a shot

    June 4th, 2015

    On Sunday, May 31, Copenhagen Suborbitals (CS) performed the second test fire of their BPM-5 rocket engine. Earlier in May, CryptoCoinsNews posted a report about SpaceChain Space Program, the space agency of Bitnation. Both of these groups are essentially collections of enthusiastic amateurs, volunteering their time, talent, and money to achieve spaceflight on their own terms.

  • MoonLIGHT lunar laser ranging array to continue work of Apollo

    May 16th, 2015

    Moon Express announced on Friday a new agreement with The National Laboratories of Frascati (LNF), which is part of the National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN), and with the University of Maryland (UM), which will bring a new set of lunar laser ranging arrays to the Moon over a series of missions. The arrays will be […]

  • Sierra Nevada to develop module for NASA’s polar-orbiting JPSS-2 mission

    May 15th, 2015

    SPARKS, Nev. — Sierra Nevada Corporation’s (SNC ) Space Systems will be building and developing the Azimuth Rotation Module (ARM) for the Radiation Budget Instrument (RBI) that will be aboard NASA’s Joint Polar Satellite System-2 (JPSS-2) mission, according to a press release issued on Thursday.

  • What’s in a name? Possible NASA naming contest for SLS nothing new

    May 8th, 2015

    According to a report appearing on Spaceflight Now, NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS ) may receive a new name in the near future, and it would be chosen by young students. Having the names of spacecraft, robots, and rockets selected by members of the public is nothing new and, as recent events have shown, does not […]

  • SpaceX’s SuperDraco engine: Abort capability all the way to orbit

    May 7th, 2015

    The SuperDraco engines developed by Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX ) successfully propelled a crew-rated version of the company’s Dragon capsule away from the pad during the company’s Pad Abort Test on Wednesday, May 6, just after 9 a.m. ET (13:00 GMT), in Cape Canaveral, Florida. These engines serve as the basis of the Dragon launch escape system, which […]

  • Rocket Lab: the Electron, the Rutherford, and why Peter Beck started it in the first place

    May 2nd, 2015

    High-frequency, low-cost launches is the goal of Rocket Lab, a small aerospace company that suddenly gained attention after announcing the details of its Rutherford engine, named for the New Zealand-born British physicist Ernest Rutherford, at this year’s Space Symposium. SpaceFlight Insider had the opportunity to speak with Peter Beck, the company’s CEO and founder, about Electron launches and about the […]

  • Japan to attempt unmanned lunar landing in 2018

    April 22nd, 2015

    The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA ) is looking to achieve its first unmanned soft lunar landing as soon as the 2018 fiscal year, which begins on April 1, 2018 – if the funding is made available. With a possible lunar landing in the works, JAXA is looking to increase its already substantial exploration capital.

  • Falcon 9 landing attempt number two: ‘Excess lateral velocity,’ says Musk

    April 16th, 2015

    After Tuesday’s CRS-6 mission left the ground to go carry supplies to the International Space Station (ISS), aerospace enthusiasts held their collective breath as they watched the booster’s progress rather than the spacecraft’s. Several minutes after liftoff, the second Falcon 9 landing attempt by Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) ended with the target being hit, but evidently a […]

  • What makes a Dragon: A quick guide to SpaceX’s capsule

    April 9th, 2015

    The Dragon spacecraft developed by Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX ) has proven itself useful as a delivery vehicle for supplies to the International Space Station (ISS), and the sixth such operational mission is currently scheduled for Monday, April 13. A crewed variant of the capsule is now under development and testing to carry astronauts to the orbiting lab. In […]

  • First Bars-M spy satellite for Russian military flies on Soyuz-2-1a

    February 27th, 2015

    As noted on the Russian Space News website Russian Space Web, at 6:01 a.m. EST (14:01 MSK, 1101 GMT) Friday, a Soyuz-2-1a rocket lifted off from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in the town of Mirny, north of Moscow, Russia, carrying the first Bars-M spy satellite for the Russian military. As is typical for classified Russian military missions, the launch was not […]

  • First payloads scheduled for new Texas SpaceX launch site

    February 26th, 2015

    Luxembourg-based satellite company SES announced a new agreement on Wednesday, Feb. 25, with Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX ) to launch two new satellites via the Hawthorne, California, firm’s Falcon 9 rocket. The payloads, SES-14 and SES-16/GovSat, are currently expected to fly in 2017. This is just the latest in a series of agreements that SpaceX has signed, placing the company […]

  • Aerojet Rocketdyne contracted to provide XR-5 electric propulsion for Orbital satellites

    February 7th, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Earlier this week, Aerojet Rocketdyne received a contract from Orbital Sciences Corporation (Orbital ) to deliver XR-5 electric propulsion systems over the next three years for Orbital’s GEOStar-3 satellites. The satellites, which are commercial communications satellites designed for geostationary orbit, are part of the GEOStar line that is currently used for purposes such as television […]