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News Archive / Author: Sean Costello

Sean Costello is a technology professional who also researches, writes about and speaks publicly on the inspiring lessons within international space flight program. Prior to joining SpaceFlight Insider in early 2014, Costello was a freelance photographer and correspondent covering shuttle-era Kennedy Space Center launches for various radio and print news organizations.

Articles By Sean Costello

  • On-pad abort for SpaceX Starlink-5, scrubbed for the day

    March 15th, 2020

    The March 15 launch attempt of SpaceX’s Starlink-5 mission was waylaid by an on-pad abort, as the Falcon 9 first stage encountered what SpaceX referred to as “an engine power issue” upon ignition.

  • Sun is rising on launch day for SpaceX Starlink-5 mission

    March 15th, 2020

    It’s launch day! With under an hour to go before the scheduled liftoff of SpaceX’s sixth batch of 60 Starlink satellites, SpaceFlight Insider correspondent Theresa Cross is stationed along the river’s edge at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex’s (KSCVC) Saturn V viewing site.

  • KSCVC to temporarily close due to COVID-19 concerns, launches currently set to continue

    March 14th, 2020

    On March 16, the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex (KSCVC) will join the growing list of major central-Florida entertainment and amusement properties which have temporarily closed in consideration of the health risks associated with COVID-19, the novel coronavirus.

  • SpaceX, NASA monitoring weather ahead of in-flight abort test.

    January 19th, 2020

    CAPE CANAVERAL. Fla. — As the sun rises and the shorelines of the Space Coast communities fill with eager spectators, SpaceX and NASA engineers have their attention focused on the early Sunday morning weather systems.

  • NASA graduates its newest class of Astronauts

    January 10th, 2020

    As NASA prepares to send astronauts to destinations far beyond Earth, a new breed of space flyers has joined the elite cadre of the agency's astronaut corps.

  • NASA, Northrop Grumman finish testing cislunar habitat mockup

    May 15th, 2019

    NASA astronauts at the Johnson Space Center recently completed testing and evaluation of Northrop Grumman's Earth-based full-scale cislunar habitat mockup.

  • GALLERY: Roscosmos Soyuz-FG rocket carries Expedition 56 trio to International Space Station

    June 6th, 2018

    'Poyekhali!' SpaceFlight Insider was at the Baikonur Cosmodrone in Kazakhstan to cover the flight of three Expedition 56 crew members to the International Space Station. Here are some of the images captured of the events leading up to - and of the launch.

  • NASA honors those lost during 2018 Day of Remembrance ceremony

    January 25th, 2018

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Once a year, generally on the last Thursday of January, the Astronauts Memorial Foundation welcomes the public to join assembled astronauts, family members and space program workers to remember the U.S. astronauts who lost their lives while serving on active duty. On Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018 those lost were remembered and their sacrifice honored.

  • CSA announces new astronaut candidates

    July 1st, 2017

    OTTAWA, Quebec — The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) announced big news on the 150th anniversary of the nation's Confederation: the next astronaut candidates that the space agency would prepare for trips beyond Earth's atmosphere. The announcement was made by Canada's Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, on Parliament Hill, the nation's capital, during the Canada Day festivities.

  • Aero 150 Air Show Live Webcast

    April 30th, 2017

    GATINEAU, Que. — SpaceFlight Insider is proud to serve as a sponsor for the 2017 Aero 150 Air Show. For this weekend's event, the Patrouille de France, Canadian forces Snowbirds, Canadian Armed Forces Parachute Team, The SkyHawks, Starduster aerobatic display, and an array of others will highlight this year's program.

  • Photo Gallery: That’s no Moon – it’s a SuperMoon!

    November 14th, 2016

    SANTA MONICA, Calif. — This year's "Super Moon" made a stunning presentation in the evening skies above the Santa Monica Mountains and provided the perfect vantage point to watch this celestial event from. Although not about space flight, it is about a very promising celestial destination.

  • David Saint-Jacques named next Canadian astronaut to fly to ISS

    May 16th, 2016

    OTTAWA, Ontario — Today, Navdeep Bains, Canada’s minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, announced the answer to a longstanding question: which of the two active Canadian astronauts would be next to fly a mission among the stars, performing research and representing Canada’s contribution to the International Space Station.

  • Space Coast community reflects on fallen astronauts

    January 30th, 2016

    For the third time this week, residents and visitors to Florida’s Brevard County gathered to pay their respects to the fallen heroes of the U.S. Space Program, astronauts who lost their lives while performing mission-related duties. Beginning with a chorus from the children of the Sculptor Charter School Choir, the service got underway with about 100 residents, visitors, and dignitaries present.

  • Apollo One Crew remembered nearly a half-century after accident

    January 28th, 2016

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Jan. 27, 2016 — Family and friends of the Apollo One crew gathered for an evening memorial service and celebration of life, hosted by the 45th Space Wing at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

  • Opinion: Ad astra per aspera – Do I have a role in this shared journey to the stars? Do you?

    January 27th, 2016

    Lieutenant Colonel (USAF) Virgil "Gus" Grissom, Commander of the ill-fated Apollo 1, once wrote, "If we die, we want people to accept it. We're in a risky business, and we hope that if anything happens to us it will not delay the program. The conquest of space is worth the risk of life."