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  • Japan to launch IGS-Optical 6 reconnaissance satellite into space

    Tomasz NowakowskiFebruary 24th, 2018

    Japan is set to launch its flagship H-IIA rocket with the country's latest Intelligence Gather Satellite: IGS-Optical 6. Liftoff is currently scheduled to take place between 11:34 and 11:48 p.m. EST Feb. 25 (04:34 and 04:48 GMT Feb. 26), 2018.

  • Lucky 113: NASA tests RS-25 engine at highest-ever power level

    Curt GodwinFebruary 23rd, 2018

    Engineers at NASA's Stennis Space Center conducted a test of the Space Launch System's (SLS) RS-25 engine, pushing the design to the highest level ever recorded for the powerhouse previously used to send Space Shuttles into orbit. The Aerojet Rocketdyne-manufactured engine reached a peak output of 113 percent of rated power during the Feb. 21, 2018, firing at the coastal Mississippi site.

  • Robonaut2 returning to Earth later this year

    Derek RichardsonFebruary 23rd, 2018

    A humanoid robot designed to eventually help International Space Station astronauts with various tasks will be returning to Earth for repairs, according to an IEEE Spectrum report. Robonaut2 was launched in 2011, but ran into problems in 2014 after an upgrade revealed unforeseen problems.

  • NASA hosts National Space Council meeting at Kennedy Space Center

    Jason RhianFebruary 22nd, 2018

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida played host to a meeting of the National Space Council, chaired by Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday, Feb. 21. It served as a venue to unveil the Trump Administration's plans for human space exploration as well as to acknowledge potential threats to the U.S.' space industry.

  • SpaceX launches PAZ radar imaging satellite into orbit

    Lloyd CampbellFebruary 22nd, 2018

    With three successful flights already under their belt already this year, SpaceX successfully launched Spain’s PAZ radar imaging satellite along with two secondary payloads, both of them being SpaceX’s own satellites named Microsat-2a and Microsat-2b which are believed to be technology demonstrators for the company’s Starlink satellite broadband service.

  • Bigelow Aerospace spawns spinoff company to market its space stations

    Derek RichardsonFebruary 21st, 2018

    After more than a week of teasing, Las Vegas-based Bigelow Aerospace announced the creation of a sister company called Bigelow Space Operations (BSO). Its mission is to "market and operate space stations developed by Bigelow Aerospace that are so capable, so diverse and so large that they can accommodate virtually unlimited use almost anywhere."

  • Will the ISS continue beyond 2024?

    Jim SiegelFebruary 20th, 2018

    Buried in the middle of his Feb. 12, 2018, statement regarding NASA’s proposed 2019 FY budget, acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot sent a bit of a shock wave through the space community with an announcement that could see the fate of the International Space Station forever altered.

  • Could the X3 ion thruster propel us to Mars?

    Tomasz NowakowskiFebruary 19th, 2018

    The X3, a new ion thruster that could one day propel humans beyond Earth, was successfully tested a few months ago and is one design that could be selected by NASA as a component of propulsion system for future Mars missions.

  • Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in precautionary standby mode

    Laurel KornfeldFebruary 18th, 2018

    NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) placed itself into a precautionary standby mode after experiencing a sudden low battery voltage on February 15. 

  • Spacewalking astronauts finish Canadarm2 work at breakneck speed

    Derek RichardsonFebruary 16th, 2018

    Two astronauts—one American, the other Japanese—suited up to venture outside the International Space Station to finish work upgrading the outpost’s robotic Canadarm2, a process that has now involved five extravehicular activities (EVAs) over some four months.

  • Progress MS-08 cargo spacecraft arrives at ISS with food, fuel and supplies

    Derek RichardsonFebruary 15th, 2018

    After spending two days catching up with the International Space Station, the Progress MS-08 Russian cargo freighter docked with the orbiting outpost, bringing several metric tons of supplies for Expedition 54 and future crews.

  • Acting Administrator talks FY2019 NASA budget at Marshall

    Scott JohnsonFebruary 14th, 2018

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- On Monday, February 12, the Trump administration released its 2019 fiscal year (FY19) budget request. NASA, via a presentation by its Acting Administrator, Robert Lightfoot, at the agency's Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) highlighted NASA portions of the request.

  • Progress MS-08 cargo ship launches on two-day trek to ISS

    Derek RichardsonFebruary 13th, 2018

    After a two-day launch delay, Progress MS-08, an autonomous Russian cargo spacecraft, is on its way to the International Space Station.

  • What really happened to GovSat-1’s Falcon 9 first stage?

    Jason RhianFebruary 12th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A report stating that the Falcon 9 first stage used to launch the GovSat-1 satellite was destroyed by an airstrike has been categorically denied both by SpaceX and the U.S. Air Force.

  • Long March 3B sends a doublet of BeiDou-3 navigation satellites to orbit

    Tomasz NowakowskiFebruary 12th, 2018

    A Long March 3B rocket lifted off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center (XSLC) on Monday, Feb. 12 on a mission to replenish China’s homegrown satellite navigation system.