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News Archive / Tagged: Lead Stories

  • Century-old data holds earliest evidence for existence of exoplanets

    Laurel KornfeldNovember 3rd, 2017

    Exoplanets, or planets orbiting stars other than the Sun, were first discovered in the 1990s, but old photographic plates taken nearly 100 years ago and recently found in storerooms at Carnegie Observatories in Pasadena, California, contain the first evidence of their existence.

  • Russia may select first crew for its Federation spacecraft next year

    Tomasz NowakowskiNovember 1st, 2017

    Russia may soon reveal the names of the cosmonauts assigned to the first space mission of the country’s next-generation spacecraft known as "Federation". According to the spacecraft’s manufacturer, RKK Energia, the crew could be selected as early as the first half of 2018.

  • Orbital ATK launches fleet of SkySat Earth observation satellites

    Ryan ChylinskiOctober 31st, 2017

    Orbital ATK’s Minotaur-C roared into the sky at 2:37 p.m. PDT (21:37 GMT) Oct. 31, 2017, from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The Halloween-day launch carried six of Planet Lab’s SkySat high-resolution imaging satellites and four Dove CubeSats into a Sun-synchronous orbit 310 miles (500 kilometers) above the Earth.

  • KoreaSat 5A marks 16th successful flight of 2017 for SpaceX

    Paul KnightlyOctober 30th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — KoreaSat 5A was lofted into orbit at 3:34 p.m. EDT (19:34 GMT) Oct. 30, 2017, aboard a Falcon 9 rocket under clear skies from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A). This marked the third SpaceX launch this month (October) alone, continuing an ambitious 2017 launch schedule for the Hawthorne, California-based company.

  • SFI Live: Launch of KoreaSat 5A on SpaceX Falcon 9

    Jason RhianOctober 30th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- SpaceX is preparing to launch the KoreaSat 5a telecommunications satellite from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The launch window will open at 3:34 p.m. EDT (19:34 GMT) and extend for about two hours and 24 minutes. The launch site will be KSC's historic Launch Complex 39A.

  • SpaceX set to resume launches from Space Launch Complex 40

    Lloyd CampbellOctober 29th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Commercial launch service provider SpaceX appears to be ready to resume launches from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station located in Florida.

  • SpaceX Falcon 9 to send Koreasat 5A to space Monday

    Derek RichardsonOctober 28th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — SpaceX is getting ready to launch a South Korean communications satellite, Koreasat 5A, into orbit atop a Falcon 9 rocket. The flight will be the 16th that the Hawthorne, California-based company has performed in 2017.

  • Going out with ‘GRACE’ – long-lived U.S./German mission draws to a close

    Jason RhianOctober 27th, 2017

    The Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) mission has come to an end after more than 15 years in Earth orbit. The twin satellites chronicled the changes of the Earth's water, ice, and land since the spacecraft were launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome on March 17, 2002, on a mission that was originally only slated to last some five years.

  • Recent RS-25 test places SLS one step closer to flight

    Ocean McIntyreOctober 26th, 2017

    NASA and Aerojet Rocketdyne carried out another 500-second test of an RS-25 rocket engine on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, at the space agency's Stennis Space Center located in Mississippi. The RS-25 engine E2063 test-fired during last week's review is planned for use on the second flight of NASA's new super-heavy-lift rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS), which will be Exploration Mission-2 (EM-2).

  • Curiosity team working to resume drilling

    Jim SharkeyOctober 25th, 2017

    Engineers with NASA's Curiosity Mars rover team are working to restore the rover's sample-drilling capability by using new techniques. Use of the drill has been suspended due to a mechanical problem with the arm that first occurred late last year.

  • Skylab astronaut Paul Weitz dies at age 85

    Derek RichardsonOctober 24th, 2017

    Former NASA astronaut Paul J. Weitz died on October 23, 2017, in Flagstaff, Arizona, after a battle with Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS), a form of cancer, according to Erie News Now. The two-time space flyer was 85.

  • NASA awards launch contracts for Sentinel 6A and Landsat 9

    Ocean McIntyreOctober 23rd, 2017

    On Thursday, Oct. 19, NASA announced two new launch contracts for missions designed to study and monitor the Earth. The Landsat 9 and Sentinel 6A satellites are both scheduled to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base located in California.

  • Blue Origin conducts first hot-fire test of BE-4 engine

    Bart LeahyOctober 21st, 2017

    Blue Origin is moving forward with its rocket development program, hot-firing a 550,000-pound-force (2,446.5-kilonewton) thrust liquid natural gas / liquid oxygen BE-4 engine at its facility in Texas this week.

  • Astronauts complete 3rd spacewalk in 2 weeks

    Derek RichardsonOctober 21st, 2017

    International Space Station Expedition 53 astronauts Randy Bresnik and Joe Acaba stepped outside for the third spacewalk this month dedicated toward outpost maintenance activities.

  • Iridium-4 mission slips to December, taps ‘flight-proven’ Falcon 9 for launch

    Curt GodwinOctober 20th, 2017

    Though Iridium Communications is now targeting a launch date near the end of the year for the Iridium-4 mission, the company demonstrated its faith in the quality of SpaceX's hardware and refurbishing regime by opting to fly on a "flight-proven" Falcon 9 first stage.