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News Archive / Author: Rae Botsford End

Rae Botsford End is a freelance writer and editor whose primary work currently is writing technical white papers, contributing to SFI, and working on a speculative fiction novel that she hopes to have published soon. Rae wanted an opportunity to report on the various space-related events in and around Florida's Space Coast and approached SFI's founder about the possibility. Rae now covers an array of subjects for our growing website.

Articles By Rae Botsford End

  • Rocket Lab: the Electron, the Rutherford, and why Peter Beck started it in the first place

    May 2nd, 2015

    High-frequency, low-cost launches is the goal of Rocket Lab, a small aerospace company that suddenly gained attention after announcing the details of its Rutherford engine, named for the New Zealand-born British physicist Ernest Rutherford, at this year’s Space Symposium. SpaceFlight Insider had the opportunity to speak with Peter Beck, the company’s CEO and founder, about Electron launches and about the […]

  • Japan to attempt unmanned lunar landing in 2018

    April 22nd, 2015

    The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA ) is looking to achieve its first unmanned soft lunar landing as soon as the 2018 fiscal year, which begins on April 1, 2018 – if the funding is made available. With a possible lunar landing in the works, JAXA is looking to increase its already substantial exploration capital.

  • Falcon 9 landing attempt number two: ‘Excess lateral velocity,’ says Musk

    April 16th, 2015

    After Tuesday’s CRS-6 mission left the ground to go carry supplies to the International Space Station (ISS), aerospace enthusiasts held their collective breath as they watched the booster’s progress rather than the spacecraft’s. Several minutes after liftoff, the second Falcon 9 landing attempt by Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) ended with the target being hit, but evidently a […]

  • What makes a Dragon: A quick guide to SpaceX’s capsule

    April 9th, 2015

    The Dragon spacecraft developed by Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX ) has proven itself useful as a delivery vehicle for supplies to the International Space Station (ISS), and the sixth such operational mission is currently scheduled for Monday, April 13. A crewed variant of the capsule is now under development and testing to carry astronauts to the orbiting lab. In […]

  • First Bars-M spy satellite for Russian military flies on Soyuz-2-1a

    February 27th, 2015

    As noted on the Russian Space News website Russian Space Web, at 6:01 a.m. EST (14:01 MSK, 1101 GMT) Friday, a Soyuz-2-1a rocket lifted off from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in the town of Mirny, north of Moscow, Russia, carrying the first Bars-M spy satellite for the Russian military. As is typical for classified Russian military missions, the launch was not […]

  • First payloads scheduled for new Texas SpaceX launch site

    February 26th, 2015

    Luxembourg-based satellite company SES announced a new agreement on Wednesday, Feb. 25, with Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX ) to launch two new satellites via the Hawthorne, California, firm’s Falcon 9 rocket. The payloads, SES-14 and SES-16/GovSat, are currently expected to fly in 2017. This is just the latest in a series of agreements that SpaceX has signed, placing the company […]

  • Aerojet Rocketdyne contracted to provide XR-5 electric propulsion for Orbital satellites

    February 7th, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Earlier this week, Aerojet Rocketdyne received a contract from Orbital Sciences Corporation (Orbital ) to deliver XR-5 electric propulsion systems over the next three years for Orbital’s GEOStar-3 satellites. The satellites, which are commercial communications satellites designed for geostationary orbit, are part of the GEOStar line that is currently used for purposes such as television […]

  • 2015 edition of NASA’s annual Spinoff publication shows space-inspired tech advances

    January 27th, 2015

    NASA has gained a reputation for developing technological advances for space exploration that, though various channels, make their way into commercial applications later on. Memory foam, freeze-dried food and keyhole surgery are among the better-known examples. The 2015 edition of NASA’s annual publication on the subject, Spinoff, has been made available and includes the latest stories of these […]

  • China’s lunar mission Chang’e 5-T1 sets stage for future possibilities

    January 17th, 2015

    On Tuesday, Jan. 13, the Chinese space program enjoyed a new level of lunar success as the service module part of their unmanned Chang’e 5 Test 1 mission (CE5-T1) entered orbit around the Moon. Chang’e 5-T1 was launched on Oct. 24 and completed an eight-day mission before the return capsule, called Xiaofei, made its way back to […]

  • CATS instrument to launch on CRS-5 and measure particulates in atmosphere

    January 5th, 2015

    The fifth of twelve planned Commercial Resupply Services missions launched by SpaceX, CRS-5, is now scheduled to launch no earlier than Jan. 6 2015. When it takes to the skies, it will carry with it not only necessary supplies for the crew on board the International Space Station (ISS), but also the Cloud-Aerosol Transport System, or CATS. This instrument: “uses […]

  • NASA celebrates 20 years of solar wind measurements

    January 1st, 2015

    As each year draws to a close, it is common for individuals and organizations to look back to see how far they’ve come and to consider where they’ll go next. For NASA’s Wind spacecraft, which was launched near the end of 1994 to collect a data concerning the solar wind, what lies behind it is now 20 years worth of […]

  • Russia launches Lotos-S spy satellite Christmas morning

    December 26th, 2014

    Early on Christmas morning in Russia, a Lotos-S Kosmos-series satellite launched aboard a Soyuz-2-1b rocket from the Plesetsk cosmodrome, site 43, in the town of Mirny. It left the pad at about 10 p.m. EST Christmas Eve (300 GMT Christmas Day) and was not broadcast live, like many launches for VKO, the Aerospace Defense Forces […]

  • New RL10C engine debuts on classified NROL-35 launch

    December 13th, 2014

    After an early scrub was called due to multiple weather violations on Thursday, Dec. 11, NROL-35 was carried into the black on Friday, Dec. 12, for its secret mission for the National Reconnaissance Office at 7:19 p.m. PST (0319 GMT). It launched from Space Launch Complex 3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, despite […]

  • Final ULA mission of 2014, NROL-35, scheduled for liftoff on Thursday night

    December 10th, 2014

    A classified payload for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), NROL-35, is scheduled to take to the skies on Thursday, Dec. 11, from Space Launch Complex 3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base located in California. It is currently scheduled to launch at 7:17 p.m. PST (0317 GMT), within a two-hour launch window opening at 6 p.m. and lasting […]

  • Perfect: EFT-1 – from liftoff to splashdown

    December 5th, 2014

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — After a disappointing first-day scrub, the long-awaited test flight of the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, Exploration Flight Test 1 (EFT-1), lifted off at the very opening of a two hour and thirty-nine minute launch window at 7:05 a.m. EST (1305 GMT) on Friday, Dec. 5. The launch marked the start of a perfectly-executed […]