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News Archive / Author: Matthew Kuhns

Matthew Kuhns is an aerospace engineer living in California and enjoys capturing the beauty of the aerospace world with his camera. As an engineer he specializes in fuel & propulsion systems and as a photographer his internationally award-winning images are published in magazines and books. Kuhns was introduced to the founder of SpaceFlight Insider during the pre launch activities for SpaceX’s CRS-4 mission and was promptly brought on to the team as SFI’s California photographer.

Articles By Matthew Kuhns

  • Gallery: ICESat-2 closes Delta II era with another success

    September 15th, 2018

    The last flight of a ULA Delta II rocket was carried out on Saturday, Sept. 15 from Vandenberg Air Force base in California. As was the case so many times in the past - its final mission was a success.

  • Gallery: Under the Dragon’s wings – astronauts promote SpaceX’s Crew Dragon

    August 14th, 2018

    HAWTHORNE, Calif. -- SpaceX provided an update on the status of the company's Crew Dragon spacecraft on Monday, Aug. 12. The event heralded the start of flights to and from the International Space Station. The first crews tapped to fly Crew Dragon's first flights, Robert Behnken, Doug Hurley, Victor Glover and Michael Hopkins helped mark the occasion.

  • NASA astronauts stand behind SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft

    August 14th, 2018

    HAWTHORNE, Calif. -- SpaceX has made strides in having their Crew Dragon spacecraft transport astronauts to and from the International Space Station (ISS). One of the crown jewels in the NewSpace firm's efforts was highlighted on Monday Aug. 13. However, the company was not alone in marking the progress SpaceX has made toward sending crews to low-Earth orbit.

  • Their words: Cassini’s Hunter Waite and the quest to look beyond

    September 24th, 2017

    PASADENA, Calif. — Peering through the atmospheres of other worlds to determine what they are made of is difficult enough, but to do so reliably for 13 years is an astonishing accomplishment. Hunter Waite, the INMS team leader at SwRI, spoke with SpaceFlight Insider about the mission in the lead-up to Cassini's "final bow".

  • Their words: Cassini’s Linda Spilker on mission’s legacy

    September 23rd, 2017

    PASADENA, Calif. — When Cassini took its final bow into the upper atmosphere of the gas giant Saturn, a good many people who had labored on the nearly 20-year-long mission were forced to say goodbye to a machine that had become all but a member of the family. One thing that was not lost that day was the wealth of knowledge that Cassini had sent back to those it left behind on Earth.

  • Apollo legends mingle at San Diego museum gala

    June 26th, 2016

    It was a star-studded gala Thursday evening when more than 450 guests, four Apollo astronauts, and three Apollo flight controllers and an engineer attended an event at the San Diego Air and Space Museum. The reception was held in the museum where guests could talk to the astronauts next to the Apollo 9 capsule, while the dinner was held under the historic aircraft on display in the Pavilion of Flight.

  • Journey’s End: ET-94 arrives at California Science Center

    May 21st, 2016

    MARINA DEL REY, Calif. — Under the light of a full Moon and followed by a full jazz band, astronauts, dancers, and revelers in full Mardi Gras-style apparel, ET-94 left the dock at Marina Del Rey and started its 16.5-mile (26.5 km) journey to its new home at the California Science Center. Leading the revelry was Lynda Oschin and numerous astronauts proudly wearing their blue flight jackets and mission patches.

  • Final Journey: Last Space Shuttle External Tank arrives in California

    May 19th, 2016

    MARINA DEL REY, Calif. — Under low clouds, ET-94 moved into Marina Del Rey, east of Los Angeles. After moving slowly through the harbor, the barge was tied to the dock around 8 a.m. PDT on May 18. It has been a long and eventful journey from NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility.

  • One Vision: Virgin Galactic unveils ‘Unity’ to the world

    February 19th, 2016

    MOJAVE AIR AND SPACEPORT, Ca. — With all the pomp the public has come to expect from the company, Virgin Galactic has unveiled the new SpaceShipTwo, Unity, to the world. The spacecraft was revealed during a ceremony held on Feb. 19, 2016, at the Mojave Air and Spaceport.

  • Public event highlights NASA’s Dawn Mission to dwarf planet Ceres

    May 10th, 2015

    PASADENA, Calif — An event was held Saturday, May 9, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.PDT on the campus of the California Institute of Technology on a beautiful, yet cloudy, afternoon. With a special focus on NASA’s Dawn mission to the asteroid Vesta and the dwarf planet Ceres, this celebration of planetary exploration was held to keep […]

  • NASA’s LDSD ‘flying saucer’ undergoes spin test in lead up to June test flight

    April 2nd, 2015

    PASADENA, Ca — SpaceFlight Insider was provided with a review of NASA’s Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD ) test article with other members of the press during a media event held on March 31 at a clean room located at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. The flying saucer will be delivered to “near space” after lifting […]