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News Archive / Tagged: Lead Stories

  • NASA mulls purchasing Soyuz seats—from Boeing?

    Derek RichardsonJanuary 20th, 2017

    Despite the Commercial Crew Program being years behind schedule, NASA has said for the last number of months it has no plans to purchase additional Soyuz seats from Russia past the end of 2018. While that may technically hold true, the U.S. space agency is, however looking to buy Soyuz seats acquired by Boeing.

  • Various issues prompt 24-hour scrub of Atlas V with SBIRS GEO-3

    Derek RichardsonJanuary 19th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — It wasn't meant to be. That's what mission teams working to get a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V 401 rocket with its missile-detection satellite off the ground must have been thinking. An instrumentation issue plus a fouled range caused a 24-hour scrub to be called late in the Jan. 19 launch window.

  • SFI LIVE: Launch coverage of SBIRS GEO-3

    Jason RhianJanuary 19th, 2017

    SpaceFlight Insider is at the command bunker located near Tampa, Florida, for tonight's webcast covering the flight of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 rocket with the third Space Based Infrared System satellite. SFI decided for this mission to bring you behind the scenes with all the exciting plans we have for 2017.

  • Orion update for January 2017

    Mackenzie KaneJanuary 18th, 2017

    Before the end of 2016, progress on NASA's Orion capsule for Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1) took some significant leaps forward. The coming year looks to be no different – with the crew-rated spacecraft being prepared for its first flight atop SLS.

  • Next SBIRS missile detection satellite set for launch

    Derek RichardsonJanuary 18th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — United Launch Alliance (ULA) is set to send the third Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (SBIRS GEO-3) into space for the U.S. military. The $1.2 billion satellite will be part of a system designed to spot missiles threatening the United States or its allies.

  • The last man on the Moon, Gene Cernan, passes away at 82

    Bart LeahyJanuary 16th, 2017

    Astronaut Eugene "Gene" A. Cernan died today, Jan. 16, 2017, at age 82. He flew into space three times – aboard Gemini IX in 1966, Apollo 10 in 1969, and as commander of Apollo 17 in 1972. While he resented the hiatus in human exploration beyond low-Earth orbit, he is still known by the title noted in his autobiography, “The Last Man on the Moon.”

  • Launch of classified NROL-79 mission delayed

    Jason RhianJanuary 16th, 2017

    United Launch Alliance (ULA) announced on Monday, Jan. 16, that the launch date of the Atlas V 401 rocket with the NROL-79 mission for the National Reconnaissance Office had fallen under review. ULA will use this additional time to ensure the rocket will perform normally.

  • Smallest orbital-class rocket launch ends in failure

    Derek RichardsonJanuary 14th, 2017

    Launching out of Japan’s Uchinoura Space Center at 8:33 a.m. Japan Standard Time Jan. 15 (23:33 GMT Jan. 14), 2017, was a rocket poised to be the smallest and lightest to ever send a payload into orbit. However, telemetry for the fin-stabilized sounding rocket, called SS-520-4, was lost after the first stage finished its 31-second burn.

  • SpaceX’s Falcon 9 soars skyward with 10 Iridium NEXT satellites

    Curt GodwinJanuary 14th, 2017

    After a nearly week-long delay due to weather and range conflicts, SpaceX successfully launched 10 Iridium NEXT satellites into low Earth orbit (LEO), marking the Falcon 9's first flight since the Sept. 1, 2016, AMOS-6 pad incident. As an added bonus, the first stage of the rocket successfully landed downrange on a drone ship.

  • Astronauts breeze through spacewalk, complete all get-ahead tasks

    Derek RichardsonJanuary 13th, 2017

    In the second of two planned to spacewalks up upgrade the International Space Station’s (ISS) power system, two astronauts finished the process of replacing 12 nickel-hydrogen batteries with new lithium-ion units. The spacewalking duo worked so fast, they had time to complete all of the assigned get-ahead tasks.

  • PCM for OA-7 mission arrives at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center

    Jason RhianJanuary 13th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Orbital ATK's next Cygnus spacecraft, tapped to carry out the OA-7 cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station, has arrived at the Space Station Processing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

  • SpaceX poised to return Falcon 9 to flight Saturday

    Curt GodwinJanuary 12th, 2017

    With FAA approval secured and a hold-down firing of the first stage conducted, SpaceX is continuing to move forward with preparations for the return to flight of its Falcon 9 rocket. Liftoff is currently scheduled for 10:22 a.m. PST (1:22 p.m. EST / 18:22 GMT) Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, at SLC-4E on Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

  • Astronauts to finish installing batteries during ISS during Friday spacewalk

    Derek RichardsonJanuary 12th, 2017

    The International Space Station (ISS) crew is gearing up for the second of two spacewalks aimed at replacing aging nickel-hydrogen batteries with new lithium-ion units. Two astronauts will leave the Quest airlock at around 7 a.m. EST (12:00 GMT) Jan. 13, 2017, for an estimated six-and-a-half-hour-long excursion.

  • Astronauts Baker and Fossum retire from NASA

    Rae Botsford EndJanuary 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.

  • Lockheed Martin tapped to build NASA’s Lucy spacecraft

    Jason RhianJanuary 9th, 2017

    NASA has recently announced that the U.S. space agency is planning on sending two new Discovery Program missions to investigate leftovers of the formation of the early Solar System. One of these two spacecraft, Lucy, will be built by Lockheed Martin.