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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

  • UPDATE: Blue Origin targeting Wednesday for NS-10 flight

    January 20th, 2019

    After a 2018 postponement, Blue Origin is targeting a new date to send the company's third New Shepard rocket on its fourth flight.

  • Notes on the Run: Where the wild things are

    January 13th, 2019

    The locations where rockets are tested at or lift off from are usually in the middle of nowhere. Within these swamps and deserts live a wide assortment of creatures that you have to contend with if you're going to be in the space business.

  • Gallery: SpaceX’s 2019 launch manifest begins

    January 11th, 2019

    LOMPOC, Calif. -- SpaceX carried out its first launch of the company's 2019 manifest with the flight of 10 Iridium NEXT satellites. Liftoff of the Iridium 8 mission occurred at 7:31 a.m. PST (10:31 EST / 15:31 GMT) at the opening of an instantaneous launch window.

  • China launches 1st mission of 2019

    January 10th, 2019

    China has carried out its first flight of 2019 with the launch of the Zhongxing 2D (Chinasat-2D) communications satellite. 

  • How tall do you have to be to take SpaceX’s Commercial Crew ‘ride?’

    January 9th, 2019

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- SpaceX has come to be known for its irreverent streak when it comes to its spacecraft and rockets. A recent tweet made by Elon Musk suggests this behavior is likely to continue.

  • NROL-71 launch date now under review

    January 5th, 2019

    LOMPOC, Calif. -- After numerous delays it now appears that the flight of a Delta IV Heavy rocket will be pushed back even further.

  • Musk teases Starship in round of Twitter posts

    December 30th, 2018

    Among a deluge of Tesla and The Boring Company tweets, SpaceX's founder, CEO and chief rocket designer Elon Musk teased the latest about the Big Falcon Rocket "Starship."

  • Notes on the run: Embrace the suck

    December 30th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- One of the things you have to get accustomed to when covering the space program is when things go wrong. Weather, idiotic boat captains, "out of family" sensor data, bad mouse food - you never know what, or who, might creep in to complicate what should be a simple process.

  • OPINION: 50 years after Apollo 8 NASA is grounded

    December 25th, 2018

    On Dec. 25, 1968 astronauts Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and Bill Anders circled the Moon in their Apollo 8 capsule. This was a dark period in U.S. history and, as one person stated via a telegraph, Apollo 8 had "saved 1968." It was a time when anything seemed possible. It now serves as a reminder of a bygone age.

  • Finally! GPS III mission caps busy year for SpaceX

    December 23rd, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX has completed 21 missions in 2018, a rate of launch that has surpassed what some state-run agencies have accomplished this year. The last on its 2018 manifest was a payload for the United States Air Force, one that had weathered numerous delays this past week.

  • NG engineer details what it is like to develop GEM 63 booster

    December 20th, 2018

    PROMONTORY, Utah -- Each component of a rocket is individual, yet it must function as one on the day of launch. The GEM 63 solid rocket motor has begun taking its first steps toward being integrated into one of the most successful rockets ever flown. What were those first steps like?

  • Arianespace’s 2018 launch manifest closes with CSO-1 flight

    December 19th, 2018

    Arianespace's final flight of the year, that of the CSO-1 concluded the French-based company's 2018 launch manifest as well as provide greater security. It lifted off a little later than planned, but helped cap a successful year for the Paris-based firm.

  • A day of scrubs: No flights today for SpaceX, Blue Origin, Arianespace or ULA – UPDATE

    December 18th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Today wasn't the most productive for Arianespace, SpaceX, Blue Origin or ULA. Attempts to launch four missions all ended with the rockets and their payloads safe - but on the ground.

  • Navigating politics, SpaceX’s successes attract executive-level attention

    December 17th, 2018

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- It looks like SpaceX will have its latest scheduled launch, that of the GPS III navigational satellite, attended by a politician who has shown great interest in U.S. space efforts.

  • Notes on the Run: What is it like to see a rocket launch?

    December 15th, 2018

    One of the questions I'm often asked is “What’s it like attending a rocket launch?” Perhaps the best way to answer the question is by detailing some of our recent experiences during the launch of Northrop Grumman's S.S. John Young to the International Space Station.