News Archive / Author: Derek Richardson
Derek Richardson has a degree in mass media, with an emphasis in contemporary journalism, from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. While at Washburn, he was the managing editor of the student run newspaper, the Washburn Review. He also has a website about human spaceflight called Orbital Velocity. You can find him on twitter @TheSpaceWriter.
Articles By Derek Richardson
CRS-28 Dragon launches toward International Space StationJune 5th, 2023
SpaceX’s autonomous CRS-28 cargo Dragon spacecraft is on its way to the International Space Station for a delivery of crew supplies and a pair of new solar arrays.
New problems indefinitely delay Starliner Crew Flight TestJune 2nd, 2023
Two newly discovered issues have prompted NASA and Boeing to postpone the launch of Starliner’s Crew Flight Test, which was expected in July.
Axiom-2 crew back on Earth after capsule splashes down in GulfMay 31st, 2023
After nearly 10 days in space, the all-private Axiom-2 astronauts are back on Earth, having splashed down in their Dragon capsule in the water off the coast of Florida.
17 humans are in orbit after Shenzhou 16 launchMay 30th, 2023
With the launch of the three-person Shenzhou 16 spacecraft to China’s Tiangong space station, there are now 17 people living in low Earth orbit -- a new spaceflight record.
Progress MS-23 freighter docks with International Space StationMay 24th, 2023
Russia’s Progress MS-23 resupply spacecraft has docked with the International Space Station to deliver supplies and experiments for the Expedition 69 crew.
Axiom-2 crew reaches International Space StationMay 22nd, 2023
The four-person private Axiom-2 mission has docked with the International Space Station to begin an eight-day science mission aboard the outpost.
‘Let Freedom fly’: Private Axiom-2 mission launches to ISSMay 21st, 2023
SpaceX launches Axiom Space’s second all-private crewed mission to the International Space Station using its Crew Dragon spacecraft.
Blue Origin selected as 2nd Moon lander provider for ArtemisMay 19th, 2023
A team led by Blue Origin has been selected by NASA to build a second Human Landing System for the agency’s Artemis program.
Detector array delivered for Roman Space TelescopeMay 17th, 2023
NASA’s Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope’s primary instrument is set to receive its Focal Plane System, what NASA calls the "heart" of the observatory.
Turning up to 11: Orion service module completes acoustic testsMay 15th, 2023
Orion's European Service Module for the crewed Artemis 2 mission to the Moon has completed acoustic testing at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Tianzhou 6 cargo ship arrives at Chinese space stationMay 11th, 2023
China’s Tiangong space station received a fresh delivery of supplies with the launch and arrival of the Tianzhou 6 cargo spacecraft.
Vast could launch 1st private space station in 2025May 10th, 2023
A private space venture called Vast announced its plans to fly a commercial space station as early as two years from now.
NASA decommissions Mars orbiter mineral-mapping instrumentMay 8th, 2023
After more than 15 years of operation, NASA has turned off one of six science instruments aboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
Russia agrees to extend International Space Station operationsMay 1st, 2023
All five of the International Space Station partner agencies have now agreed to operate the outpost through at least 2028.
Opinion: Is the Starship flight test a reality check for SpaceX, NASA and Artemis?April 22nd, 2023
By all honest measures, SpaceX’s first integrated flight test of Starship was a success, but it unearthed some serious problems.