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News Archive / Tagged: South Texas Launch Site

  • SpaceX to build new ground stations in Texas

    Bart LeahyAugust 3rd, 2016

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — In addition to building a commercial spaceport for orbital launches along Boca Chica Beach in south Texas, SpaceX is also adding a couple of NASA-heritage ground tracking radars to track the Dragon spacecraft.

  • SpaceX making progress on Crewed Dragon and Falcon Heavy

    Joe LatrellNovember 12th, 2015

    SpaceX continues to make progress on various fronts as it develops a set of flight capabilities which could enable a return to flight for U.S. astronauts – from their home soil. LC 39A is one of two launch sites used for the space shuttle that sat idle until NASA put the site up for lease – with SpaceX being approved to utilize the iconic site.

  • Where would you land humans on Mars? NASA seeks proposals

    Tomasz NowakowskiJune 29th, 2015

    NASA has decided to give science communities a chance to discuss potential landing sites for future crewed missions to Mars. During the Landing Site/Exploration Zone Workshop for Human Missions to the Surface of Mars to be held Oct. 27-30, 2015, at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, TX, NASA will seek proposals for locations where […]

  • Fear no asteroid: an interview with astronomer Judit Györgyey-Ries

    Tomasz NowakowskiJune 8th, 2015

    Should humanity be afraid that someday a huge asteroid would fulfill one of the apocalyptic scenarios envisaged for Earth, where a space rock smashes into our planet causing a global disaster? Judit Györgyey-Ries, an experienced astronomer at the University of Texas’ McDonald Observatory, is working to calm these fears with a scientific approach to the matter.

  • SpaceX Merlin 1D engine test rattles Central Texas

    Collin SkocikFebruary 27th, 2015

    On Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX ) conducted the latest test of the Falcon 9’s Merlin 1D rocket engine, and it made noise — a lot of noise. It was a full nine-engine test of SpaceX’s rocket engines, and cool weather that evening meant the noise traveled far. To residents of the […]

  • Ted Cruz is now the ‘Chairman of Space’

    Joe LatrellJanuary 22nd, 2015

    With the change of representation in the United States Senate shifting to the Republicans, the leaders of the all important committees that determine the course of the nation – has shifted as well. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) having been the highest ranking Republican on the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Science, Space, and Competitiveness, has now taken […]