National Space Society, a nonprofit organization that promotes (among other things) space settlement, has happily endorsed a few key pieces of U.S. vice president Mike Pence’s recent July 6 speech at Kennedy Space Center. The group is particularly hopeful about Pence’s call for constant human presence in low Earth orbit, which the group sees as […]
The Moon could get a little busy in the 2030s. The world’s biggest nations are all now working on developing lunar missions, thrusting the Moon once again to the center of a new global space race. Last week, US vice president Mike Pence reiterated the Trump administration’s desire to see American astronauts back on the […]
In a speech to the graduating class of astronauts and NASA, Vice President Mike Pence announced that the National Space Council would be re-formed by the Trump administration, and that he himself would serve as chair. The self-described “lifelong NASA fan” said he was especially privileged to de delivering the speech on his birthday. While […]
Astronauts aboard the ISS began the process of grappling the Dragon CRS-11 spacecraft this morning at 0830R (8:30 a.m. ET). Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer, of Expedition 52, are working to berth the spacecraft to the Harmony module of the ISS.
When the Dragon spacecraft from 2012’s SpaceX 4 mission successfully berthed with the ISS‘s Harmony module, the cargo capsule’s place in space-faring history was cemented, marking the first time a privately owned spacecraft berthed with the space station, vindicating long-held hopes that the commercial space industry could develop the ability to conduct complex operations in Earth’s orbit. Now the SpaceX/CRS-11 […]
Aerojet Rocketdyne’s RS-25 rocket engine controller and flight configuration software passed the first hot fire engine test with flying colors this week at NASA’s Stennis Space Center.
–Marking historic Kennedy Space Center re-open to the rocket business SpaceX will launch an International Space Station (ISS) cargo resupply mission from the historic Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Station in Florida, on February 14. The fallback date for the launch is Feb 15.
By Kendra R Chamberlain Many aspects of governance — from budget approvals to new leaders for federal agencies — are still up in the air for the US’s space programs and agencies, only days away from the new administration taking control.
By Kendra R Chamberlain NASA has ordered a slate of taxi flights that’ll shuttle astronauts from US soil to the International Space Station (ISS) in the future. But SpaceX’s recent Falcon 9 loss has raised new concerns about using private enterprise rockets to shuttle humans to and from the ISS. Last week, NASA’s Aerospace Safety […]
By David S Lewis An astronaut each from NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) began the second and final phase of extra-vehicular upgrades to the power system on the International Space Station (ISS)early this morning.