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  • 2017 Oshkosh air show puts ‘space’ in Aerospace

    Jason RhianAugust 6th, 2017

    OSHKOSH, Wis. — When one thinks of air shows, images of sleek fighter planes, aerial acrobats spinning plumes of smoke, and old warbirds majestically flying past spectators spring to mind. However, with ever-increasing regularity, spacecraft and astronauts are becoming key participants in these shows. The recent EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2017 air show was no exception.

  • Insider Exclusive: Precourt talks boosters, bovines and brilliance

    Jason RhianJuly 2nd, 2016

    PROMONTORY, Utah — Charlie Precourt has piercing, steely-blue eyes that help cement one's mental image of a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel and a four-time space shuttle astronaut. Precourt now works for Orbital ATK to develop the massive five-segment SRBs that will be used on the new SLS. SpaceFlight Insider spoke with Precourt in an exclusive interview about the June 28, 2016, QM-2 test fire.

  • Minor delay drowned out by successful, bright and loud test of five segment QM-2 booster

    Curt GodwinJune 28th, 2016

    PROMONTORY, Utah — On Tuesday, June 28, 2016, Orbital ATK and NASA, successfully completed the second of two qualification tests for the five-segment solid rocket booster (SRB) that is planned for use on NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS). Much as in actual flights into the black of space, things didn't go as planned.