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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

  • Want to send you name to Mars? Now’s your chance

    May 22nd, 2019

    NASA is inviting individuals to submit their names to be etched onto a chip that will fly aboard its next Mars rover, slated to launch in 2020.

  • Vulcan clears final review, could fly as early as 2021

    May 22nd, 2019

    United Launch Alliance, along with the United States Air Force, has cleared the company's new Vulcan rocket to continue its journey toward flight.

  • Rocket Crafters taps long-time ULA contractor as preferred supplier

    May 10th, 2019

    Rocket Crafters has signed a memorandum of understanding with RUAG Space regarding the production of fight hardware for sounding rockets.

  • Gallery: S.S. Roger Chaffee lifts off on flight to ISS

    April 17th, 2019

    Taking to the skies at the very opening of a five-minute long launch window, Northrop Grumman Corporation's S.S. Roger Chaffee Cygnus cargo freighter leaped into the skies from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport's Pad-0A. The mission got underway at 4:46 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, April 17, 2019.

  • Video: Countdown to history – Falcon Heavy soars with Arabsat-6A!

    April 16th, 2019

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- SpaceX launched the second of the company's Falcon Heavy rockets with the 13,230 lbs Arabsat-6A satellite as its payload on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 6:35 p.m. ET (22:35 GMT). The historic mission safely sent its payload on its way to geostationary orbit and also saw three of the rocket's first stage cores successfully touch back down for reuse.

  • No booster for you! Falcon Heavy core stage topples over in rough seas

    April 15th, 2019

    A tweet made by Tim "The Everyday Astronaut" Dodd reported that the core booster of the Falcon Heavy rocket that launched April 11 has been lost to the sea.

  • SpaceX racks up another win with latest NASA contract

    April 15th, 2019

    SpaceX has landed the contract to launch a historic mission for NASA, marking the latest chapter in what is turning out to be a banner year for the company.

  • Gallery: Stratolaunch arcs across Golden skies

    April 14th, 2019

    When Howard Hughes took his wooden "Spruce Goose" into the skies it was the first and only time the vehicle lifted off the ground (or ocean as it were). Saturday's flight of the massive Stratolaunch aircraft will likely not encounter the same fate.

  • Gallery: Falcon Heavy with Arabsat-6A – Hard as thunder, light as rain

    April 11th, 2019

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — One, two, three. Each of these numbers denoted major milestone achieved by SpaceX with the flight of the Arabsat-6A mission on one of the company's Falcon Heavy rockets.

  • Astronomical history! First image of black hole captured

    April 10th, 2019

    Black holes were known to exist but, until recently, no images of them had ever been captured. An international network of radio telescopes has changed all that.

  • Video: SpaceX raises the Heavy

    April 10th, 2019

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Launch preparations continued for the second flight of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket. Part of those efforts included raising the 730-foot-tall rocket into the vertical position.

  • 2nd Falcon Heavy launch rescheduled for Wednesday

    April 9th, 2019

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- The second launch of a Falcon Heavy rocket, which had been slated to lift off today, has been rescheduled. The cause of this readjustment to the mission's time table is one all too familiar to launch service providers working on the Space Coast.

  • Launch date of 2nd Falcon Heavy flight pushed back

    April 5th, 2019

    The first flight of a Falcon Heavy rocket with a commercial payload will have to wait a little while longer before lifting off from Kennedy Space Center.

  • Boeing’s first crewed test flight gains extension

    April 5th, 2019

    Missions are often altered as they are readied for flight. The first crewed launch for Boeing's CST-100 "Starliner" spacecraft appears to be no exception.

  • GEM 63 completes 2nd static fire test

    April 4th, 2019

    Northrop Grumman's new 63-inch Graphite Epoxy Motor (GEM 63) solid rocket booster has completed another landmark in the booster's progression toward flight.