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News Archive / Tagged: Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle

  • OPINION: Tone down the political rhetoric around space issues

    Collin SkocikSeptember 7th, 2014

    The partisan divide in America is deep and frightening. There seems to be little, if any civil discourse between the two prevailing political ideologies of the day—liberal and conservative. And since President Obama canceled the Constellation Program, many on the right have attempted to claim the space platform as their own.

  • OPINION: Fund NASA or shut it down

    Collin SkocikJuly 27th, 2014

    A recently-issued audit by the Government Accountability Office or “GAO” detailed how NASA lacks the funding to fly the Space Launch System (SLS ) by its scheduled launch date in December of 2017. This is only the latest delay for the successor to the space shuttle, originally ordered by President George W. Bush to fly no later than […]

  • House Appropriations Committee raises NASA budget

    Collin SkocikMay 10th, 2014

    On Thursday, May 8th, 2014, the House Appropriations Committee voted to give NASA $19.9 billion for FY 2015. This was about $439 million more than the White House had asked for. The Committee criticized President Obama for consistently asking for less money than what was needed to meet the space agency’s goals. A refrain which has been […]

  • NASA appoints new program manager for Commercial Crew Program

    Jason RhianApril 22nd, 2014

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla — NASA has announced that it has selected Kathy Lueders as program manager for the agency’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP). Lueders, who has been serving as the acting program manager ever since former CCP lead Ed Mango pled guilty to a felony and stepped down from the role. According to Space […]

  • Space industry descends on Florida state capitol to promote spaceflight awareness

    Jason RhianMarch 12th, 2014

    TALLAHASSE, Fla — It is not every day that you see representatives from what were just a day prior highly-competitive companies sit down and work together for a common goal. Such is the power of Florida Space Day. On Wednesday, March 12, representatives from Boeing, Lockheed-Martin, United Launch Alliance, SpaceX and other prominent aerospace firms […]

  • NEOWISE spots its first comet

    Jim SharkeyMarch 6th, 2014

    NASA’s Near-Earth Object Wide-field Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) spacecraft has spotted a never-before-seen comet. The comet, named C/2014 C3 (NEOWISE), is the first one discovered by the spacecraft since it was revived from hibernation late last year.

  • Choices: NASA FY 2015 budget – ISS, Russia, SLS, Commercial Crew and SOFIA

    Jason RhianMarch 5th, 2014

    A teleconference was held on March 4 with representatives from NASA who went over the various aspects of the Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Proposal. During which, the turmoil in the Crimea, the asteroid retrieval mission, Dennis Tito’s request for an SLS and Orion for his Inspiration Mars effort and the end of SOFIA all were touched […]

  • Opinion: Despite Boozer’s claims NewSpace needs NASA

    Jason RhianMarch 2nd, 2014

    It’s been stated firms which benefit from NASA, would be wise to tamp down the “defund NASA” rhetoric which comes out of the NewSpace movement’s base. It appears some among them are starting to realize that, given the fact their “chosen” launch vehicles and spacecraft are funded primarily by NASA – it might be a good idea to not […]

  • NASA’s commercial partners make strides toward launching astronauts

    Collin SkocikMarch 2nd, 2014

    With escalating tensions in the Ukraine damaging U.S.-Russian relations and possibly jeopardizing American access to the International Space Station (ISS), recent accomplishments suggest NASA’s dependence on Soyuz-access to the ISS might be drawing to a close. NASA’s private partners under the space agency’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP) have made steady progress toward being able to send astronauts to […]

  • NASA announces Commercial Lunar lander inititative

    Jason RhianJanuary 19th, 2014

    In an effort to further NASA’s increasing involvement with commercial companies, the space agency has announced that it is researching opportunities to have commercial companies develop spacecraft capable of landing on the Moon.

  • NASA’s Commercial Crew Program set to make large strides in 2014

    Jason RhianJanuary 16th, 2014

    NASA’s Commercial Crew Program is poised to make great strides in the coming year, ones which could serve to validate the two-pronged approach on which the space agency has been directed. NASA is to return to the business of sending crews to deep space missions to destinations such as an asteroid in the mid 2020s […]

  • Wind tunnel testing used to understand the unsteady side of aerodynamics

    NASANovember 6th, 2013

    Think about a time you’ve been a passenger in a car and stuck your hand out the window. As your speed increases, so do the vibrations in your hand. Trying to keep those fingers steady as the wind whips around them at 75 mph gets pretty tricky, right?