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Commentary: A Path to Nowhere and the Absence of Leadership (Part 2)

Despite a plethora of deep-space mission concepts currently envisioned by NASA, there’s little consensus between Congress and the White House on where the space agency should go next in space, in the lack of a coherent vision and direction. Image Credit: NASA

Last week’s article focused on examining some of the events and political decisions [...]

Commentary: A Path to Nowhere and the Absence of Leadership (Part 1)

In the aftermath of the recent geopolitical crisis in Crimea, a series of sanctions has been imposed on Russia by many countries, including the United States. Many observers fear that Russia might answer back, by denying to transport U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station. Image Credit: NASA

The recent geopolitical tensions resulting from [...]

House Science Committee Hearing to Discuss Mars-Venus Flyby as Mission Proposal for Second SLS Flight in 2021

A hearing scheduled by the House Science Committee will attempt to explore the possibility of the first manned SLS/Orion flight in 2021 conducting a Mars-Venus flyby. Could this lead to Dennis Tito’s and Inspiration Mars’ plans becoming a reality? Image Credit: NASA

A hearing by the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Science, Space, [...]

Opinion: Which Way Toward the Red Planet? Current Plans for Mars Colonisation and the Need for Maturity

Artistic rendering of Mars, made from images taken with NASA’s Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft. Private space companies have announced plans for the colonisation of the Red Planet within the next decade. How close are those plans to becoming a reality? Image Credit: Kees Veenenbos/MOLA Science Team/NASA

“Prediction is very difficult, especially if it’s about [...]

Orion and Dragon Parachute Systems Undergo Flight Tests in Preparation for Crewed Missions

The SpaceX main parachutes control the descent of the Dragon test article (RIGHT) following a drop test over the Pacific Ocean, off the coast of Morro Bay, Calif. On the left, a test version of NASA’s Orion spacecraft touches down in the Arizona desert after its most complicated parachute test to date. Photos Credit: [...]

SpaceX Thaicom-6 Launch Delayed Until at Least Monday, Jan. 6

SpaceX has delayed their first launch of 2014 until NET Jan. 6, 2014. Photo Credit: SpaceX

With roughly 25 hours before launch, Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, has reportedly delayed their first launch of 2014 by at least three days, a move meant to give the launch team in Florida time to resolve an [...]

Dream Chaser's First Flight a Historic Success Despite Landing Gear Issue

The Dream Chaser engineering test article coming in for an autonomous landing Saturday morning at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. As the image clearly shows, the left landing gear did not deploy properly, causing the vehicle to sustain minor damage on landing. SNC expects to repair the vehicle, and since the flight itself went [...]

Dream Chaser Suffers Landing Gear Failure After First Free Flight Test

Sierra Nevada Corporation carried out the first free flight ALT test with their Dream Chaser test article this past Saturday, carrying the vehicle aloft under an air-crane helicopter before being released. Although the flight itself appears to have gone as planned a problem was encountered with the left landing gear at touchdown, causing damage [...]

Dream Chaser Back On Track for Free Flight Tests by End of the Year

Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Dream Chaser space plane. Photo Credit: SNC

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), the company developing the Dream Chaser spaceflight vehicle, is back on track to conduct a series of Approach and Landing tests (ALT) after the government shutdown halted work at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center in California earlier this month. With [...]

Deal Finalized to Use Former Shuttle Processing Facility for CST-100 Spacecraft Development

Artist’s concept of CST-100 high bay operations in the Commercial Crew and Cargo Processing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. Image Credit: Boeing

For more than three decades NASA’s space shuttle fleet was looked after in three separate Orbiter Processing Facilities, or OPFs, at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center launch site in Florida. Now, [...]