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News Archive / Author: Jose Flores

College student and long time space enthusiast, Jose has been a constant visitor to Cape Canaveral since he moved to central Florida. He joined the SFI team in the hopes of becoming more involved in the coverage of spaceflight and space exploration.

Articles By Jose Flores

  • NASA engineers evaluate ECLSS for Commercial Crew missions

    March 23rd, 2017

    NASA engineers are hard at work performing evaluations on the life support systems vital to successful flight tests for the Commercial Crew missions as NASA prepares to return human spaceflight to the United States.

  • OneWeb becomes second customer for Blue Origin’s New Glenn booster

    March 8th, 2017

    On Wednesday, March 8, 2017, Blue Origin owner Jeff Bezos announced on Twitter that OneWeb, an organization committed to making the Internet available and affordable to everyone by 2027, has reached an initial agreement for five launches on Blue Origin's New Glenn rocket.

  • Aerojet Rocketdyne rocket engines support Intelsat 33e mission

    March 7th, 2017

    Boeing-built Intelsat 33e, which launched on Aug. 24, 2016, aboard an Ariane 5 rocket on mission VA232 from Guiana Space Centre, is undergoing in-flight maneuvers using rocket engines made by Aerojet Rocketdyne.

  • Aerojet Rocketdyne conducts record setting AR1 test

    February 25th, 2017

    Aerojet Rocketdyne set the record for the highest chamber pressure of any United States-produced liquid oxygen and kerosene main combustion system during a Feb. 22, 2017, test at NASA's Stennis Space Center.

  • Vega Rocket carries Göktürk-1 into orbit

    December 5th, 2016

    KOUROU, French Guiana — Like an arrow shot into the sky, a Vega rocket leapt off the pad at Guyana Space Center's Vega Launch Complex (SLV), carrying the Göktürk-1 into orbit. Arianespace's tenth mission of the year, designated VV08, took off on Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, at 13:51 GMT and successfully inserted Göktürk-1 into a Sun-synchronous orbit (SSO) at 14:49 GMT.

  • Ariane 5 launches Echostar 18 and BRIsat satellites into orbit

    June 18th, 2016

    After a delay of just over one week and two scrubbed attempts, Guiana Space Centre's launch pad ELA-3 came to life at 5:38 p.m. EDT (21:38 GMT) for the third time in 2016 as an Ariane 5, carrying the EchoStar 18 and BRIsat communications satellites, raced into the late afternoon sky on June 18.

  • Launch of Ariane 5 carrying EchoStar 18 and BRIsat delayed till June 16

    June 8th, 2016

    The launch of Ariane 5 mission VA230 was delayed from Wednesday, June 8, to Thursday, June 16, due to an anomaly that occurred with a fluid connector between the cryogenic upper stage and the launch table during the rollout to the launch pad.

  • VA229 mission launches Eutelsat 65 West A

    March 9th, 2016

    The skies above Guiana Space Centre’s launch pad ELA-3 came to life for the second time in 2016 at 12:20 a.m. EST (05:20 GMT) with the powerful roar and blinding light that marks the launch of an Ariane 5.

  • Ariane 5 launches Intelsat 29e on first Arianespace flight of 2016

    January 27th, 2016

    The skies above the Guiana Space Centre's launch pad ELA-3 came to life at approximately 6:20 p.m. EST (23:20 GMT) on Jan. 27, 2016, with the thunderous roar and blinding light of an Ariane 5 breaking its Earthly bonds and accelerating skyward – the first to do so this year.

  • Intelsat 29e set to launch tomorrow on Ariane 5

    January 26th, 2016

    The first Arianespace Ariane 5 launch of 2016, mission designated VA228, is set to lift off Wednesday, Jan. 27, carrying Intelsat 29e, Intelsat's next generation communications satellite, into geostationary orbit. This mission differs from usual Ariane 5 launches in that the Intelsat 29e will be the heavy-lift launcher's only passenger.

  • Aerojet Rocketdyne pushing forward with 3-D printed rocket engines

    January 7th, 2016

    Aerojet Rocketdyne was awarded a $6 million contract on Tuesday, Jan. 5, to establish the standards that will be used to gauge components fabricated using 3-D printing for application in liquid-fueled rocket engines. The announcement comes at a time when 3-D printing is proving its worth in space exploration efforts.

  • NASA’s Scott Kelly now holds U.S. record for most time on orbit

    October 18th, 2015

    On the eve of the 15th anniversary of continuous human presence on the ISS on Nov. 2, 2015, commander of the current Expedition 45 Crew and U.S. astronaut, Scott Kelly, is breaking records. This past Friday, Oct. 16, Kelly marked 383 days on orbit, breaking U.S. astronaut Mike Fincke's previous record of 363 cumulative days.

  • Mark Kirasich selected as Orion Program Manager

    October 14th, 2015

    Mark Kirasich has been appointed to be the new manager of NASA's Orion Program. Kirasich has served as the Deputy Orion Program manager since 2006. In this position, Kirasich will play a strong role in the development of the new spacecraft that is being produced to send astronauts beyond low-Earth orbit - to destinations far beyond our home world.

  • ISS nine-member crew field questions from international media

    September 10th, 2015

    On Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, the now nine-member crew of the International Space Station answered questions fielded by the international media from the U.S., Russia, Japan, and Germany during a joint crew press conference communication via Johnson Space Center's mission control center.

  • Cassini spots unusual red arcs on surface of Tethys

    August 6th, 2015

    NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology recently released color enhanced images sent by the Cassini Spacecraft of mysterious reddish streaks on the surface of Saturn's icy moon Tethys. The unusual red streaks are narrow curved arcs a few miles wide and several hundred miles long.