News Archive / Author: Jason Rhian
Jason Rhian spent several years honing his skills with internships at NASA, the National Space Society and other organizations. He has provided content for outlets such as: Aviation Week & Space Technology, Space.com, The Mars Society and Universe Today.
Articles By Jason Rhian
OPINION: 2019 – Numbers and NamesJanuary 1st, 2020
Well that happened. 2019 was a roller-coaster of ups and downs that will have far-reaching consequences for future space exploration efforts.
First flight of OmegA rocket to carry SSN payloadDecember 12th, 2019
Move over SpaceX, you're not the only launch service provider who'll be flying out of Kennedy Space Center.
GALLERY: Alan Bean makes art – one more timeNovember 2nd, 2019
WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. -- Northrop Grumman's Antares rocket successfully launched the "Alan Bean" Cygnus spacecraft at 9:59 a.m. EST (13:59 GMT) on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. The NG-12 Cygnus spacecraft and the 8,200 pounds (3,719 kg) worth of crew supplies, cargo, experiments and hardware was launched from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport's Pad-0A in Virginia.
Critical tests for Boeing and SpaceX’s crewed efforts slated for next weekNovember 1st, 2019
If things go according to plan next week, NASA, Boeing and SpaceX will check key systems that are required to keep astronauts safe on their way to orbit. If these last checks can be completed, the agency could finally regain a capability it lost almost a decade ago.
Northrop Grumman NG-12 launch could be visible four states awayNovember 1st, 2019
WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. -- Whenever a rocket lifts off it's a pretty dramatic event. The scheduled launch of a Northrop Grumman Antares rocket should be no exception. A NASA map suggests that the NG-12 flight could be visible from up to four states away.
NASA to send VIPER to prowl Moon’s South PoleOctober 28th, 2019
If humanity is going to establish a long-term presence on the Moon, it's going to need water. This precious substance can be found on the lunar surface and a newly-announced robotic explorer is being readied to seek out significant concentrations of ice. If all goes according to plan, this mission marka critical first step for planned crewed missions.
Passengers on upcoming VG flights will get pins for spiffy new uniformsOctober 27th, 2019
When Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo takes to the skies with paying customers, those flying onboard the will be awarded pins by the Association of Space Explorers (ASE) upon their return. This, however, will not be the apparel that will mark their voyage. Recent events suggest that Virgin Galactic is about to open its operational doors.
Gallery: Flight of GPS III marks final flight of Delta IV MediumAugust 22nd, 2019
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — United Launch Alliance carried out the last flight of a Delta IV Medium rocket with the GPS III satellite on Aug. 22, 2019, from Space Launch Complex 37B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
Gallery: ULA completes third flight of 2019August 8th, 2019
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — ULA launched an Atlas V rocket with the AEHF-5 on Thursday, Aug. 8 2019. The early morning flight marked an increasingly rare appearance for the venerable launch vehicle.
Gallery: SpaceX completes second flight in less than two weeks with AMOS-17August 6th, 2019
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket with the AMOS-17 spacecraft on Tuesday Aug. 6, 2019. The flight helped reiterate the company's ability to rapidly turn around and prepare for the next flight.
AMOS-17 flight atop SpaceX Falcon 9 delayed indefinitelyAugust 4th, 2019
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The flight of Spacecom's AMOS-17 telecommunications satellite has been postponed indefinitely according to a tweet posted by the Air Force Space Command on Aug. 3. This delay comes shortly after SpaceX, the launch service provider, had announced an issue with the rocket and the need for additional testing.
Suspect valve delays AMOS-17 launchAugust 1st, 2019
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- With several tropical disturbances bearing down on the Sunshine State, an issue with the AMOS-17 Falcon 9 has caused the satellite's launch to be delayed.
Spacecom’s faith in SpaceX remains solid in lead up to AMOS-17 launchAugust 1st, 2019
CAPE CANAVERAL, FLa. -- SpaceX might be based out of California, but the NewSpace company is making its presence known in Florida. An upcoming flight could serve as a renewal of sorts for a relationship with one of the company's clients.
ISRO joins exclusive club with launch of Chandrayaan-2 missionJuly 22nd, 2019
A GSLV Mk III rocket lifted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre SLP today, carrying the Chandrayaan-2. It places the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) into the 'big leagues' of space flight organizations.
From Lunar to LEO, MS-13 trio blasts off toward ISSJuly 20th, 2019
Fifty years is a long time. In the past half-century NASA has gone from launching men to the Moon to being dependent on the Russian Federal Space Agency, Roscosmos, for access to low-Earth orbit. The latest flight under the agreement took place 50 years to the day NASA achieved what was once believed to be impossible.