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News Archive / Author: Josh Tallis

Since 2011 Joshua Tallis has served as the manager for research and analysis at an intelligence and security services provider in Washington, DC. Josh has co-authored several articles in the Journal of Counterterrorism and Homeland Security International with colleagues from the defense community. Previous work experience includes internships at the U.S. Congress and the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Josh is also a PhD student in International Relations at the University of St Andrews' Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence. He is a Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa and Special Honors graduate of The George Washington University where he received a BA in Middle East Studies from the Elliott School of International Affairs.

Articles By Josh Tallis

  • Myriad Milestones completed and underway for NASA’s commercial Partners

    November 17th, 2014

    One month after NASA announced that Boeing had reached its final milestone under the Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) Space Act Agreement, the space agency reports broad progress among a range of industry partners. A press release from NASA notes the advancements of Blue Origin, Boeing, Sierra Nevada Corporation, and SpaceX in the agency’s efforts […]

  • SpaceShipTwo: The Survival of a Pilot and an Industry

    November 17th, 2014

    Only days after the explosion of Orbital Sciences Corporation’s Antares rocket on Wallops Island, VA, Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo experienced a catastrophic failure. The unlikely survival of a test pilot, and the tenacity of a company, provide a compelling narrative blending human interest and entrepreneurial drive.

  • Boeing reaches final Commercial Crew design milestone

    October 19th, 2014

    This week it was announced that the Boeing Company’s CST-100 spacecraft had reached the final milestone outlined under NASA’s Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) Space Act Agreement. The progress comes three months after the space agency’s Critical Design Review Board approved Boeing’s blueprint for a crewed low-Earth orbit (LEO) vehicle and it follows on the heels of […]

  • India’s MOM satellite is the newest member of Mars orbiter club

    September 23rd, 2014

    As of 10:30 p.m. EDT (0800 Indian Standard Time), the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) became the fourth space agency to successfully place a satellite in Mars’ orbit. The Mars Orbiter Mission probe launched on November 5, 2013 and has traveled 484 million miles (780 million km) to reach this milestone.

  • Curiosity rover receives mixed reviews in NASA commission

    September 8th, 2014

    The Mars Science Laboratory’s Curiosity rover received mixed reviews in a report issued by NASA’s Planetary Senior Review panel earlier this month. While the commission generally recommended the rover’s first mission extension (EM1), a number of concerns were raised ranging from the vehicle’s science objectives to the attitude of the team operating it.

  • Opinion: Do Russian lunar plans signal end to ISS?

    August 25th, 2014

    At the start of 2014, NASA announced its support for an extension of the International Space Station (ISS) program until at least 2024. Recent news out of Russia, however, suggests that at least one ISS partner may view that date as the end of the line – if not even sooner.

  • Opinion: Should we reach out to China?

    August 17th, 2014

    In a widely-circulated interview with Forbes, former NASA astronaut Leroy Chiao made headlines last week when he suggested that the United States would benefit from a partnership with the People’s Republic of China in space. The interview was published only days after China launched three satellites, believed by some analysts, to be intended for surveillance […]

  • Opinion: A new SpaceX facility and the future of Florida’s Space Coast

    August 6th, 2014

    NASA may be its own worst enemy. For years, the space agency has included among its primary missions the establishment of a dominant U.S. aerospace and launch industry. A recent announcement by SpaceX signals that mission is succeeding, but leaves some wondering about the future of Florida’s Space Coast.

  • AsiaSat 8 takes its place in the AsiaSat constellation

    August 5th, 2014

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — Asia Satellite Communications (AsiaSat), a Hong Kong-based company, successfully launched its AsiaSat 8 communications satellite atop the SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket. During a two-hour launch window beginning at 1:25 a.m. EDT (0525 GMT) on August 5, the rocket cleared the pad just after 4:00 a.m. EDT (0800 GMT). AsiaSat lifted off […]

  • AsiaSat 8 poised to become third launch in just over a week with liftoff of SpaceX Falcon 9

    August 3rd, 2014

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — Asia Satellite Communications (AsiaSat ), a Hong Kong-based company, is getting ready to see the launch of its AsiaSat 8 communications satellite aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket. The two-hour launch window begins at 1:25 a.m. EDT (525 GMT) on August 5. There is a backup launch window on August 6 around […]

  • A second chance at a Maiden Launch for Angara

    July 8th, 2014

    Tensions flared, but the rocket didn’t. On June 27, Russia’s experimental Angara 1.2 rocket aborted its maiden launch just fifteen seconds before liftoff. Watching live from the Kremlin was Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has put his personal mark on the Angara program and was carefully following up on a review of the failed launch. […]

  • Lockheed wins contract to track space trash

    June 4th, 2014

    The Department of Defense announced this week it was awarding nearly one billion dollars to build Space Fence, a space surveillance network designed to track and monitor orbital debris. Lockheed Martin Corp. beat out Raytheon for the $915 million contract.

  • NASA’s commercial partners move one step closer to manned spaceflight

    June 1st, 2014

    NASA and its industry partners have reached a milestone in the push to launch American astronauts from U.S. soil. The Agency announced late last week that The Boeing Company, Sierra Nevada Corporation Space Systems (SNC), and Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) had all successfully completed the first major certification round of the Commercial Crew Development (CCDev) […]

  • Cabana: Without SLS, No need for Kennedy Space Center

    May 22nd, 2014

    Over the last several years, NASA has made clear its commitment of transforming Kennedy Space Center (KSC) into a multi-user spaceport. Yet without the capacity to put American astronauts in space, one NASA official admitted recently that the Center would no longer have a true purpose.

  • Dragon Spacecraft returns to Earth, bearing gifts

    May 18th, 2014

    At approximately 9:26 a.m. EDT (1326 GMT) this morning, Space Exploration Technologies’ (SpaceX) Dragon spacecraft began “part one” of its six-hour return journey to Earth. After it was detached from the Earth-facing side of the Harmony module on the International Space Station (ISS). Dragon was then positioned alongside the orbiting laboratory (ISS) by mission control personnel at NASA’s Johnson […]