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News Archive / Tagged: Lead Stories

  • InSight lander nearly ready for journey to Mars

    Derek RichardsonApril 10th, 2018

    LOMPOC, Calif. — NASA’s InSight Mars lander is less than four weeks away from its planned launch to the Red Planet. The spacecraft is currently undergoing final preparations before leaving Earth atop an Atlas V rocket in early May 2018.

  • NASA, Boeing add option for extended Starliner Crew Flight Test

    Derek RichardsonApril 9th, 2018

    With the timeline for the first operational human flights for the Commercial Crew Program gradually slipping to the right and into 2019, Boeing last year proposed adding a third crew member to the first Crew Flight Test of the company’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft to the International Space Station, NASA announced.

  • GSAT-6A satellite remains silent on orbit

    Lloyd CampbellApril 8th, 2018

    The GSAT-6A communications satellite that was launched atop a GSLV Mark II rocket March 29, 2018, has not been heard from since the satellite's Liquid Apogee Motor (LAM) completed its second orbit-raising burn, the Indian Space Resource Organisation confirmed on its website.

  • ‘It’s Business Time’: Rocket Lab sets April 20 for next Electron launch

    Heather SmithApril 7th, 2018

    Rocket Lab announced a launch date for the first fully-commercial flight of its Electron rocket. The mission named "It's Business Time" is expected to host payloads for Spire Global and GeoOptics that are built by Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems, according to a news release from the launch service provider.

  • ISRO chairman confident of Chandrayaan-2 success

    Tomasz NowakowskiApril 6th, 2018

    India’s Chandrayaan-2 lunar mission, which was recently delayed to October 2018, will end in success, believes the chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

  • VSS Unity conducts first powered flight

    Jason RhianApril 5th, 2018

    The SpaceShip Company, using its VSS Unity spacecraft, successfully completed the vehicle's first supersonic, rocket-powered test flight on Thursday, April 5. Piloted by Mark “Forger” Stucky and Dave Mackay, today's flight marked the first flight since the October 31, 2014 accident that saw the loss of the VSS Enterprise.

  • Companies test spacecraft parachutes as first Commercial Crew flights near

    Collin SkocikApril 5th, 2018

    NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, which will employ private contractors to transport astronauts to the International Space Station, has taken a step closer to crewed flights as the two prime contractors conduct the latest round of tests of their spacecraft parachute systems.

  • CRS-14 Dragon berths with International Space Station

    Derek RichardsonApril 4th, 2018

    The CRS-14 Dragon capsule rendezvous and berthed with the International Space Station after a two-day trek to the orbiting outpost. Capture by the robotic Canadarm2 took place at 6:40 a.m. EDT (10:40 GMT) April 4, 2018.

  • SpaceX CRS-14 Dragon heading toward ISS after successful Falcon 9 launch

    Derek RichardsonApril 2nd, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX launched its sixth Falcon 9 of 2018, this time to send the unpiloted CRS-14 Dragon cargo ship on its way toward the International Space Station with several thousand pounds of food, experiments and hardware for the six-person Expedition 55 crew.

  • Long March 4C orbits trio of Gaofen-1 Earth-observing satellites

    Tomasz NowakowskiApril 2nd, 2018

    A Long March 4C rocket took to the skies in an unannounced launch to deliver a triplet of Gaofen-1 Earth-observing satellites for China. Liftoff occurred at 11:22 p.m. EDT March 30 (3:22 GMT March 31), 2018, from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in the country's Shanxi Province.

  • Tiangong-1 re-enters atmosphere, burns up over South Pacific

    Tomasz NowakowskiApril 2nd, 2018

    China’s Tiangong-1 space laboratory is now in the history books after it burned up almost entirely on re-entry above the southern Pacific Ocean. While most parts of the defunct station are believed to have burned up in the Earth’s atmosphere, some pieces may have survived and plummeted into the water.

  • Opinion: Mutants, airstrikes and more: Space ‘fake news’ on the rise

    Jason RhianApril 1st, 2018

    Fake news, a relatively new term that has entered the public lexicon. Stories regarding space flight have recently seen an uptick in incorrect information being reported and given the complexity of the subject matter, it might be understandable—but it is also preventable.

  • SpaceX CRS-14 mission all set for science

    Bart LeahyMarch 31st, 2018

    SpaceX is set to send its next Dragon cargo ship to the International Space Station with three tons of supplies and science. The CRS-14 mission will include materials to help the Expeditions 55 and 56 crews conduct and monitor more than 200 science and technology investigations.

  • Parker Solar Probe prepped for delivery to Kennedy Space Center

    Michael ColeMarch 31st, 2018

    GREENBELT, MD -- NASA's Parker Solar Probe (PSP) is getting ready for its flight to space. The spacecraft is currently scheduled for launch in July or August of this year (2018). PSP is NASA's long-awaited mission to explore the Sun's corona and is designed to discover more about the solar wind, and learn how conditions there interact to create space weather.

  • 10 more Iridium NEXT satellites launched by SpaceX Falcon 9

    Lloyd CampbellMarch 30th, 2018

    After a stellar 2017 with 18 launches of its Falcon 9 rocket, SpaceX continues its rapid launch rate for 2018 with its successful launch of the Iridium-5 mission from Space Launch Complex 4E (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg  Air Force Base (VAFB) in California.