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News Archive / Author: Cullen Desforges

Having a life-long interest in crewed space flight, Desforges’ passion materialized on a family vacation in 1999 when he was able see the launch of Space Shuttle Discovery on STS-96. Since then, Desforges has been an enthusiast of space exploration efforts. He lived in Orlando, Florida for a year, during which time he had the opportunity to witness the flights of the historic CRS-4 and EFT-1 missions in person at Cape Canaveral. He earned his Private Pilot Certificate in 2017, holds a degree in Aviation Management, and currently works as an Operations Analyst in the aviation industry in Georgia.

Articles By Cullen Desforges

  • U.S. Air Force’s secretive X-37B shuttle returns under cover of night

    October 28th, 2019

    MERRITT ISLAND, FL – After a record-breaking 780 days on orbit the United States Air Force’s secretive space plane, the X-37B, touched down on Runway 33 at the Shuttle Landing Facility at Kennedy Space Center on Oct. 27, 2019.

  • Intelsat 39 and EDRS-C launched from French Guiana

    August 6th, 2019

    KOUROU, FRENCH GUIANA -- On Aug. 6, 2019 Arianespace’s third Ariane 5 ECA launch of 2019 lifted the VA249 mission off the pad located at Ariane Launch Complex Number 3 (ELA-3) in Kourou, French Guiana.

  • CRS-18 Falcon and Dragon brave storms to begin 18th ISS flight

    July 25th, 2019

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The Expedition 60 crew on board the International Space Station can expect to get some fresh supplies, needed hardware and - slime - in the next few days. This odd payload mix was sent on its way thanks to two venerable pieces of space hardware which were brought to bear by the NewSpace titan - SpaceX.

  • SpaceX’s 18th CRS mission delayed due to bad weather

    July 24th, 2019

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- SpaceX’s eighteenth flight to the International Space Station, CRS-18, which was originally scheduled to fly tonight has been delayed due to weather violations caused by Invest 94L as it made its way over the Florida peninsula.

  • VP Pence reinforces lunar convictions at Apollo 11 celebration

    July 21st, 2019

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Vice President Mike Pence paid a visit to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Friday, July 19 at the center’s Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building. His appearance came at a time when the agency both remembered past achievements and worked toward restoring along-lost capability.

  • SpaceX’s ‘Starhopper’ catches fire in recent test

    July 17th, 2019

    A test of SpaceX's 'Starhopper' rocket appears to not have gone entirely as planned. Several outlets are reporting that things didn't go as planned.

  • Falcon Eye 1 spacecraft lost in Vega mishap

    July 10th, 2019

    It appears a European Space Agency (ESA) rocket has encountered a failure which has resulted in the loss of the Falcon Eye 1 satellite that it had been tasked with sending to orbit.

  • Virgin Galactic merges with Social Capital Hedosophia

    July 10th, 2019

    In an unprecedented move for the commercial space flight industry, Virgin Galactic (VG) and Social Capital Hedosophia (SCH) have announced a merger which is expected to become effective once the transaction closes this year.

  • Next NASA Mars mission to serve as pathfinder for astronauts

    June 17th, 2019

    It’s no secret that sending the first astronauts to Mars will be a monumental challenge marked with many “firsts.” Given that NASA hasn't launched a manned mission beyond low-Earth orbit in 47 years - crews will need a guide to show them the way. Enter the next rover the U.S. space agency plans to send to the Red Planet.

  • ‘Flarewell’: Predictable Iridium flares nearing end

    June 3rd, 2019

    Professional and backyard astronomers alike have been observing predictable streaks, or flares, across the night sky for the better part of two decades.

  • Work begins on new Aerojet Rocketdyne facility

    May 10th, 2019

    On April 25, Aerojet Rocketdyne broke ground on a 17,000-square-foot engineering, manufacturing and development facility for its solid rocket motors.

  • Progress continues on Dream Chaser space plane

    April 26th, 2019

    Having recently completed a major NASA milestone, Sierra Nevada Corporation is well into construction of the cargo variant of its Dream Chaser space plane.

  • New observations help scientists understand lunar water cycle

    March 23rd, 2019

    Recently, NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter made an observation that could help scientists understand the water cycle present on the lunar surface.

  • Synthetic DNA could help in search for extraterrestrial life

    March 4th, 2019

    A NASA-funded research endeavor has made a breakthrough in the methods in which life on other planets might be discovered, the U.S. space agency said.

  • Iridium NEXT constellation upgrade completed

    February 12th, 2019

    Iridium Communications announced last week in a press conference that it had finished its 10-year satellite upgrade project known as Iridium NEXT.