NASA’s Commercial Crew Program

NASA’s Commercial Crew Program 672130main_CCiCap Announcement NASA and its Commercial Crew Program (CCP) announced new agreements today with three American commercial companies to design and develop the next generation of U.S. human spaceflight capabilities, enabling a launch of astronauts from U.S. soil in the next five years. Advances made by these companies under newly signed … More NASA’s Commercial Crew Program

Boeing, SpaceX Win $900 Million In Awards For Spacecraft

By Brendan McGarry – Aug 3, 2012 11:04 AM MT Boeing Co. (BA) and Space Exploration Technologies Corp. won $900 million in contracts from NASA to develop spacecraft capable of carrying astronauts, the agency said. Boeing received a $460 million award, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration said in a press release today. SpaceX, led by billionaire … More Boeing, SpaceX Win $900 Million In Awards For Spacecraft

SpaceX capsule zips through practice drive by space station

Thu May 24, 2012 4:48pm EDT * Smooth maneuvers and flashing strobe lights signal success * Astronauts will use crane to capture Dragon capsule Friday * SpaceX is one of two firms with NASA cargo contracts By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., May 24 (Reuters) – Space Exploration Technologies’ unmanned Dragon spaceship flew smoothly in … More SpaceX capsule zips through practice drive by space station

New crew arrives at International Space Station

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida | Fri Dec 23, 2011 4:01pm EST (Reuters) – A Russian Soyuz capsule arrived at the International Space Station on Friday with a trio of astronauts, bringing the orbital outpost back to full staffing after a failed cargo ship launch in August disrupted flight schedules. Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, NASA’s Don … More New crew arrives at International Space Station

Boris Chertok, Engineer With Russian Space Program, Dies at 99

By DENNIS HEVESI Boris Chertok, a Russian rocket engineer who played a central role in designing the navigation systems for Soviet spacecraft during the race to the moon, among them the one that carried the first human into space, died Wednesday in Moscow. He was 99. Russia’s state-controlled spacecraft manufacturer, RKK Energiya, for which Mr. Chertok … More Boris Chertok, Engineer With Russian Space Program, Dies at 99

Tycoon’s Next Big Bet for Space: A Countdown Six Miles Up in the Air

By KENNETH CHANG Graphic Heavy Lifter   Paul G. Allen, the billionaire co-founder of Microsoft, said Tuesday that he was entering the rocket business with a concept seldom used until now: a plane that can take off the conventional way and then, at 30,000 feet, launch a rocket to orbit, carrying with it satellites, supplies and … More Tycoon’s Next Big Bet for Space: A Countdown Six Miles Up in the Air

Rocket system could lower cost of access to space, Allen says

  by William Harwood  December 13, 2011 4:33 PM PST   SEATTLE–Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and legendary aircraft designer Burt Rutan have teamed up on a new winged rocket that would be carried aloft by a gargantuan twin-fuselage mothership and then dropped from 30,000 feet for the climb to orbit, they announced today. The new rocket will be … More Rocket system could lower cost of access to space, Allen says

NASA Deputy Administrator Garver Tours Blue Origin – Announces April Engine Testing At NASA Stennis

NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver, fourth from left meets Blue Origin Founder Jeff Bezos, third from left, next to Blue Origin’s crew capsule along with other Blue Origin team members, Bretton Alexander, left, Jeff Ashby, second from left, Rob Meyerson, fifth from left, and Robert Millman at the company’s headquarters in Kent, Wash., Thursday, Dec. … More NASA Deputy Administrator Garver Tours Blue Origin – Announces April Engine Testing At NASA Stennis

NASA Announces Launch Date and Milestones for Spacex Flight

NASA has announced the launch target for Space Exploration Technologies’ (SpaceX) second Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) demonstration flight will be Feb. 7, 2012. Pending completion of final safety reviews, testing and verification, NASA also has agreed to allow SpaceX to send its Dragon spacecraft to rendezvous with the International Space Station (ISS) in a … More NASA Announces Launch Date and Milestones for Spacex Flight

SpaceX Dragon Capsule

DragonLab DataSheet (875 kb)   Dragon is a free-flying, reusable spacecraft being developed by SpaceX under NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program. Initiated internally by SpaceX in 2005, the Dragon spacecraft is made up of a pressurized capsule and unpressurized trunk used for Earth to LEO transport of pressurized cargo, unpressurized cargo, and/or crew members. … More SpaceX Dragon Capsule

A Digital Soyuz

A Digital Soyuz Russian crew spacecraft replaces its computer and analog parts for a new mission By JAMES OBERG  /  SEPTEMBER 2010 Illustration: Russian Space Agency/James Oberg 28 September 2010—For almost 40 years, the Soyuz series of spacecraft has carried cosmonauts into orbit and back safely, if not always comfortably. The workhorse human transport vehicle has undergone a series of upgrades … More A Digital Soyuz

First Issue of Space Quarterly Magazine Released

By Marc Boucher on September 1, 2011 1:59 PM We are very pleased today to release the first issue of Space Quarterly Magazine with both the U.S. and Canadian editions now available. We are also pleased to announce that the first issue is available for FREE as a digital PDF download. We sincerely hope you’ll like our first … More First Issue of Space Quarterly Magazine Released