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SNC Teams Up with Japan's Space Agency to Further Dream Chaser's Development and Potential

Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Dream Chaser engineering test vehicle is towed across the ramp at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center in preparation for tow tests on a Dryden taxiway. The tow tests were part of ground tests in preparation for captive-carry and free-flight tests last year at NASA Dryden. Photo Credit: NASA / Ken Ulbrich

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Joint US-Japanese Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory to Hitch Thursday Ride Atop H-IIA Booster

 

From its 65-degree-inclination orbit, the GPM Core Observatory will monitor rainfall and snowfall from the Arctic to the Antarctic Circles, producing comprehensive data sets every 2-3 hours. Image Credit: NASA

An ambitious mission to monitor Earth’s precipitation levels in unparalleled depth is scheduled for launch from the Tanegashima Space Centre—situated on the Pacific [...]

Epsilon-1 Flies: New Japanese Rocket Launches SPRINT-A Ultraviolet Observatory Into Orbit

Japan’s Epsilon vehicle represents a marriage of technology from the H-IIA and M-V rockets. Image Credit: JAXA

Good things come to those who wait, and success has finally visited the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) with a rousing launch of its first Epsilon rocket from the Uchinoura Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture. Liftoff of [...]

Japan's Epsilon Rocket Stands Ready for Maiden Launch on Saturday

Artist’s impression of Japan’s new Epsilon rocket, which marries H-IIA and M-V launch vehicle technology. The rocket will deliver the SPRINT-A ultraviolet observatory into low-Earth orbit on Saturday. Image Credit: JAXA

Three weeks after “an attitude abnormality” forced its first launch attempt to be scrubbed, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is ready to [...]

Japanese Cargo Vessel Leaves ISS

The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency’s HTV-4 cargo vessel departed from the International Space Station today, Sept. 4, 2013. (This is an image of the vehicle being berthed to the station.) Photo Credit: NASA

Japan’s H-II Transfer Vehicle-4 (HTV-4) departed from the International Space Station at 12:20 p.m. EDT Wednesday after a one-month stay at [...]

First Flight of Japanese 'Artificial Intelligence' Rocket Set for Tuesday

The SPRINT-A satellite undergoes final checkout, ahead of its scheduled launch aboard the first Epsilon rocket. Photo Credit: JAXA/ISAS

More than five decades of rocketry from Japan’s Kagoshima Prefecture will continue on Tuesday, 27 August with the maiden voyage of the new Epsilon vehicle to insert an ultraviolet observatory into low-Earth orbit to observe [...]

NASA, JAXA Talk Possible Future Cooperative Efforts

Photo Credit: NASA

On Wednesday, July 10, Naoki Okumura, president of JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency), met with NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden in Washington, D.C. to discuss the future cooperation between space agencies, including support for the International Space Station.

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Opinion: At Long Last, Is the International Space Station Worth It?

The International Space Station is a sprawling complex the size of a football field. However, after decades of designs, redesigns, and being placed in a less-than-optimal orbit, is the complex worth the $100 billion price tag? Image Credit: NASA

For a long time, it looked as if it would never happen: the Reagan-era Space [...]

Missions to Watch in 2013

The International Space Station is going to be a busy place in 2013. Photo Credit: NASA

With Curiosity’s landing on Mars and SpaceX’s multiple missions to the International Space Station, 2012 was a good year for spaceflight. And while we might not see the same level of historic or flagship missions fly this year, [...]

For All Spiderkind, NASA Spidernaut Nefertiti Dies At Smithsonian

Nefertiti, the "Spidernaut", died earlier this week of natural causes at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History's Insect Zoo. Photo Credit: Smithsonian

Nefertiti, the “Spidernaut,” died earlier this week of natural causes at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History’s Insect Zoo. Photo Credit: Smithsonian

It’s not everyday an insect can claim to have accomplished more in its short life than many people, but Nefertiti was an exception. The red-back jumping spider, nicknamed the “Spidernaut,” traveled [...]