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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

  • 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 […]

  • 2015 edition of NASA’s annual Spinoff publication shows space-inspired tech advances

    January 27th, 2015

    NASA has gained a reputation for developing technological advances for space exploration that, though various channels, make their way into commercial applications later on. Memory foam, freeze-dried food and keyhole surgery are among the better-known examples. The 2015 edition of NASA’s annual publication on the subject, Spinoff, has been made available and includes the latest stories of these […]

  • China’s lunar mission Chang’e 5-T1 sets stage for future possibilities

    January 17th, 2015

    On Tuesday, Jan. 13, the Chinese space program enjoyed a new level of lunar success as the service module part of their unmanned Chang’e 5 Test 1 mission (CE5-T1) entered orbit around the Moon. Chang’e 5-T1 was launched on Oct. 24 and completed an eight-day mission before the return capsule, called Xiaofei, made its way back to […]

  • CATS instrument to launch on CRS-5 and measure particulates in atmosphere

    January 5th, 2015

    The fifth of twelve planned Commercial Resupply Services missions launched by SpaceX, CRS-5, is now scheduled to launch no earlier than Jan. 6 2015. When it takes to the skies, it will carry with it not only necessary supplies for the crew on board the International Space Station (ISS), but also the Cloud-Aerosol Transport System, or CATS. This instrument: “uses […]

  • NASA celebrates 20 years of solar wind measurements

    January 1st, 2015

    As each year draws to a close, it is common for individuals and organizations to look back to see how far they’ve come and to consider where they’ll go next. For NASA’s Wind spacecraft, which was launched near the end of 1994 to collect a data concerning the solar wind, what lies behind it is now 20 years worth of […]

  • Russia launches Lotos-S spy satellite Christmas morning

    December 26th, 2014

    Early on Christmas morning in Russia, a Lotos-S Kosmos-series satellite launched aboard a Soyuz-2-1b rocket from the Plesetsk cosmodrome, site 43, in the town of Mirny. It left the pad at about 10 p.m. EST Christmas Eve (300 GMT Christmas Day) and was not broadcast live, like many launches for VKO, the Aerospace Defense Forces […]

  • New RL10C engine debuts on classified NROL-35 launch

    December 13th, 2014

    After an early scrub was called due to multiple weather violations on Thursday, Dec. 11, NROL-35 was carried into the black on Friday, Dec. 12, for its secret mission for the National Reconnaissance Office at 7:19 p.m. PST (0319 GMT). It launched from Space Launch Complex 3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, despite […]

  • Final ULA mission of 2014, NROL-35, scheduled for liftoff on Thursday night

    December 10th, 2014

    A classified payload for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), NROL-35, is scheduled to take to the skies on Thursday, Dec. 11, from Space Launch Complex 3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base located in California. It is currently scheduled to launch at 7:17 p.m. PST (0317 GMT), within a two-hour launch window opening at 6 p.m. and lasting […]

  • Perfect: EFT-1 – from liftoff to splashdown

    December 5th, 2014

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — After a disappointing first-day scrub, the long-awaited test flight of the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, Exploration Flight Test 1 (EFT-1), lifted off at the very opening of a two hour and thirty-nine minute launch window at 7:05 a.m. EST (1305 GMT) on Friday, Dec. 5. The launch marked the start of a perfectly-executed […]

  • EFT-1 launch scrubbed due to valve issue

    December 4th, 2014

    The long-anticipated Exploration Flight Test 1 (EFT-1 ) for the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, which was slated to launch at 7:05 a.m. EST (1205 GMT) on Dec. 4, was scrubbed near the end of the launch window after several aborted attempts.

  • NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale to study space weather in March 2015

    November 27th, 2014

    In an effort to study what is known as “space weather,” NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS ) is scheduled to launch no-earlier-than March of 2015 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 41 (SLC-41 ) in Florida. The MMS will fly aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 421 launch vehicle and will include four separate satellites, each […]

  • NASA’s Ames Research Center wins Popular Mechanics award for third time

    October 10th, 2014

    NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) mission has been recognized as a recipient of the 2014 Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Awards, a recognition that has applauded innovation in science and technology annually for the past ten years. The spacecraft was “designed, developed, built, integrated, tested and controlled” by NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett […]

  • Former shuttle hangars will soon host classified X-37B program

    October 8th, 2014

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla — NASA has entered into an agreement with the U.S. Air Force’s highly-classified spaceplane program, X-37B, for the use of Orbiter Processing Facility (OPF) Bays 1 and 2 at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida to process the X-37B, also known as the Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV) – for launch.

  • SpaceX could be certified with the U.S. Air Force by Dec. 1

    September 18th, 2014

    It has been a long process, but California-based Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX ) might soon be certified for military launches, according to the head of U.S. Air Force Space Command Gen. John Hyten.

  • WISE Symposium rallies women in aerospace, science, engineering

    September 15th, 2014

    PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla – The Air Force Technical Applications Center (AFTAC ) at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida hosted their first Women In Science and Engineering (WISE) Symposium Sept. 10-11. The event was created to help encourage diversity not just in the general world of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) but in AFTAC […]