Spaceflight Insider

News Archive / Tagged: Lead Stories

  • Inside Opportunity: ‘Oppy’ fights for its life in massive Martian dust storm

    James RiceJuly 1st, 2018

    Our intrepid Opportunity rover is currently in the midst of riding out a massive global dust storm that began May 30. This storm moved south down the well-known Acidalia storm track into Xanthe Terra. A few days later the storm had stretched from eastern Valles Marineris to northern Arabia Terra. It then moved across the equator and south toward Meridiani Planum where Opportunity is located.

  • Swan song: Final SpaceX Block 4 Falcon 9 launches CRS-15 cargo mission

    Curt GodwinJune 29th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla -- Clear weather and a Moonlit pre-dawn sky provided perfect conditions as SpaceX launched its final Block 4 Falcon 9 on its fifteenth cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS). The rocket lifted off at 5:42 a.m. EDT (9:42 GMT) from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40).

  • SFI Live: Launch of CRS-15 atop SpaceX Falcon 9

    Jason RhianJune 29th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- SpaceX is set to launch its last Block 4 Falcon 9 rocket on June 29, 2018. Join Jim Siegel as he hosts SpaceFlight Insider's live webcast leading up to the opening of the launch window at 5:41 a.m. EDT (09:41 GMT). The mission is poised to get under way from Canaveral's Space Launch Complex 40 in Florida, SpaceFlight Insider's live coverage is slated to open at 5:11 a.m. EDT.

  • JWST exceeds cost cap, launch delayed to 2021

    Jason RhianJune 28th, 2018

    The James Webb Space Telescope, in development for the past 22 years, is now scheduled to take flight on March 30, 2021. Known for its numerous delays and cost overruns, the JWST appears to be in the final stages for its flight atop an Ariane 5 rocket from Kourou, French Guiana.

  • China launches technology demonstration satellites atop Long March 2C – spent stage falls on town

    Tomasz NowakowskiJune 27th, 2018

    China launched a Long March 2C rocket carrying two technology demonstration satellites designated XJSW A and XJSW B on Wednesday, June 27.

  • CRS-15 resupply mission sending artificial intelligence, diverse science to ISS

    Curt GodwinJune 27th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — With the booster's static fire successfully concluded, SpaceX appears to be on track for an early-morning launch of the company's 15th operational mission to resupply the International Space Station—CRS-15.

  • Vita ignotum: How will NASA recognize life as we do not know it?

    Jason RhianJune 26th, 2018

    Since humanity realized that other worlds orbited distant stars, we have wondered what life on these far-flung planets might look like. While Star Trek and other series have depicted the life of these planets as, essentially, humans with bumpy heads - NASA is considering all the possibilities of what alien life might actually be like.

  • Buzz Aldrin alleges fraud in suit against family, manager and his own organizations

    Derek RichardsonJune 23rd, 2018

    BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — A document coming out of Florida’s 18th Judicial Circuit states that Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin has apparently opened a civil suit against two of his children and his former manager involved with several of his organizations.

  • Trump calls for creation of ‘Space Force’

    Jim SharkeyJune 22nd, 2018

    During a meeting of the National Space Council at the White House on June 18, 2018, President Donald Trump announced he was ordering the creation of a sixth branch of the U.S. military - to focus on space.

  • Virgin Galactic’s VSS Unity could be just months away from 1st space flight

    Lloyd CampbellJune 21st, 2018

    Following a successful second supersonic test flight of the Virgin Spaceship (VSS) Unity, Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic spacecraft could be on the verge of becoming the first privately funded spacecraft to carry humans into space since SpaceShipOne some 14 years ago.

  • NASA Administrator expresses support for Space Policy Directive-3

    Jason RhianJune 19th, 2018

    With the threat of space debris destroying satellites, crewed spacecraft and even the International Space Station increasing, processes have been initiated to help alleviate and prevent this threat. NASA's new Administrator Jim Bridenstine made several statements about the new Space Policy Directive-3.

  • Nick Hague set to become first member of 2013 astronaut class to fly

    Jason RhianJune 18th, 2018

    One of the 2013 class of astronauts is preparing himself for his flight into space. When Nick Hague takes to the skies in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft later this year, he will become the first of his class to fly.

  • China poised to orbit pair of BeiDou-3 navigation satellites

    Tomasz NowakowskiJune 18th, 2018

    The Chinese National Space Administration is in final preparations to launch another pair of its BeiDou-3 navigation satellites, designated BeiDou-3 M5 and M6, into orbit on Wednesday, June 20.

  • Astronaut Peggy Whitson retires from NASA

    Derek RichardsonJune 16th, 2018

    Peggy Whitson retired from NASA on June 15, 2018, after 32 years with the space agency—22 as an astronaut. Between 2002 and 2017, she participated in three long-duration International Space Station expeditions, accumulating 665 days orbit—a record for any U.S. space flyer.

  • Astronauts install high-definition cameras outside International Space Station

    Derek RichardsonJune 15th, 2018

    Two NASA astronauts ventured outside the International Space Station to perform the sixth spacewalk of 2018 at the orbiting complex. The nearly seven-hour long outing saw the duo install new cameras in preparation for upcoming commercial crew flights.