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  • NASA signs new Space Launch System RS-25 engine contract

    Scott JohnsonNovember 26th, 2015

    On Monday, Nov. 23, 2015, NASA and Aerojet Rocketdyne announced a $1.16 billion contract for Aerojet Rocketdyne to resume production of the RS-25 engines that helped power the Shuttle to orbit for 30 years.

  • 8th Wernher von Braun Memorial Symposium

    Scott JohnsonNovember 4th, 2015

    Last week, SpaceFlight Insider had the opportunity to attend the American Astronautical Society's (AAS) 8th Wernher von Braun Memorial Symposium at The University of Alabama, Huntsville.

  • George Mueller, ‘Father’ of the Space Shuttle, passes away

    Scott JohnsonOctober 18th, 2015

    Dr. George E. Mueller, the leader of NASA's human spaceflight programs in the 1960s, died of congestive heart failure on Monday, Oct. 12, 2015, at his home in Irvine, Cal. He was 97 and is survived by his second wife, Darla; two children from his first marriage, Jean Porter and Karen Hyvonen; two stepchildren, Wendy Schwartzman and Bill Schwartzman; 13 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.

  • NASA names John Honeycutt new SLS Program Manager

    Scott JohnsonOctober 12th, 2015

    This past week, NASA named John Honeycutt as the manager for the U.S. space agency’s Space Launch System (SLS) Program. Honeycutt succeeds Todd May, who in August was promoted to deputy director of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) located in Huntsville, Alabama.

  • RS-25 engine testing completed at NASA’s Stennis Space Center

    Scott JohnsonSeptember 1st, 2015

    NASA and Aerojet Rocketdyne have completed a series of tests on what was formerly known as the Space Shuttle Main Engine. These engines, dubbed the RS-25, are planned for use on NASA's new super heavy-lift booster, the Space Launch System – or SLS.

  • Florida Today: State of Florida could take over management of SLF

    Jason RhianJune 15th, 2015

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla — The three mile-long Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF ) at KSC could be managed by the State of Florida’s organization tasked with maintaining and growing the aerospace infrastructure in the Sunshine State. Florida Today’s James Dean detailed in a recent report how Space Florida plans to handle the iconic landing strip which, since 2011, […]

  • NASA’s Orion loses weight, gains new windows

    David DarlingMay 5th, 2015

    NASA’s Orion spacecraft should offer crews that fly on the capsule excellent visibility and extra protection, too, as they journey to missions beyond low Earth orbit, to cislunar space, and elsewhere, as well as to the International Space Station if required. Traditionally, the windows of crewed spacecraft, such as the Apollo capsule and the Space Shuttle, have […]

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

    Rae Botsford EndApril 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 […]

  • NASA / ATK prep five-segment SLS booster for March 11 test fire

    Scott JohnsonFebruary 3rd, 2015

    PROMONTORY, Utah — The next major milestone in the development of NASA’s new human-rated heavy-lift vehicle, the Space Launch System (SLS ), is scheduled to take place on March 11 — a planned test of the largest solid rocket booster (SRB) ever built for flight. It marks a distinct ramp up in the process toward having the massive booster […]

  • NASA heads provide preview of EFT-1 mission

    Scott JohnsonDecember 3rd, 2014

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. – “Its a big day!” Those were NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden’s words this morning as he stood in front of the agency’s new beyond low-Earth-orbit (LEO) capsule perched atop a Delta IV Heavy launch vehicle at Space Launch Complex (SLC) 37. Orion is scheduled for launch at 7:05 a.m. EST, tomorrow, […]

  • Space Station crew successfully completes 28th US-led spacewalk

    Scott JohnsonOctober 16th, 2014

    On Wednesday, Oct. 15, NASA astronauts Reid Wiseman and Barry “Butch” Wilmore completed a 6-hour, 34-minute, spacewalk to replace a failed power regulator on the International Space Station (ISS). The regulator, known as a sequential shunt unit (SSU), failed in May of this year, cutting power to one of the station’s eight channels.

  • Space Launch System (SLS) Sound Suppression System Testing Nears Completion

    Scott JohnsonSeptember 3rd, 2014

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) has been assigned to manage the development of the agency’s new heavy-lift vehicle, the Space Launch System (SLS). A portion of this assignment requires MSFC to design and test a “sound suppression” system to mitigate acoustic damage to the vehicle, the launch facility, and the crew […]

  • OPINION: What will it take to reignite U.S. interest in space?

    Collin SkocikSeptember 1st, 2014

    Few would dispute that NASA has been in turmoil since President Obama canceled the Constellation Program in 2010, or at least in a state of declining activity. Faced with a vague and undefined mission, inadequate funding, poor leadership, and mounting political tension with Russian, the country that’s providing astronauts with transportation to and from the International […]

  • Our Spaceflight Heritage: Roving on the lunar surface with Apollo 15

    Heather SmithJuly 31st, 2014

    On July 31, 1971, Apollo 15 astronauts Dave Scott and Jim Irwin became the first to use the Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV), traveling more that 17 miles on the surface of the Moon. LRV was a four-wheeled, manually controlled, electrically powered vehicle that carried the crew and their equipment over the lunar surface. Apollo 15 […]

  • Our Spaceflight Heritage: STS-93, Chandra, Collins and Columbia’s challenge

    Heather SmithJuly 23rd, 2014

    On July 23, 1999 at 12:31 a.m. EDT (0431 GMT), astronaut Eileen Collins became the first female space shuttle commander, leading the STS-93 crew to successfully deploy the Chandra X-ray Observatory. The mission began aboard space shuttle Columbia along with Jeffrey S. Ashby as pilot and Steven A. Hawley, Catherine “Cady” G. Coleman, and Michel […]