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Deputy Administrator to Leave NASA

NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver. Photo Credit: NASA

It is reported on several space news sites that NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver will be leaving NASA in early September and will be taking up a position with the Airline Pilots Association. Some might wonder why NASA’s Deputy Administrator would leave at this time, and her [...]

SpaceX Awarded Launch Reservation Contract for Largest Canadian Space Program

Photo Credit: SpaceX

HAWTHORNE, Calif — Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) was awarded a launch reservation contract with MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA) to support the largest space program to date in Canada, carrying the three satellites to orbit that will make up the RADARSAT Constellation Mission (RCM) on a Falcon 9 rocket in 2018.

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New 'Dream Chaser' Space Plane Ready to Start Testing

Artist’s conception of the Dream Chaser launching on an Atlas V rocket.Image Credit: Sierra Nevada Corporation

With the ending of the Space Shuttle program, NASA is now turning to private companies to design and build new spacecraft to take astronauts into orbit. One of the most interesting concepts, the Dream Chaser, is now ready [...]

NewSpace Troll Tactics: A Viewer's Guide (Conclusion)

Image Credit: Whynne

This series was produced over a long period of time. We opted to finally run it after we were told we should separate commercial space efforts from the NewSpace trolls. The problem is that trolls are embedded in these companies and they have done nothing over the course of years to [...]

NASA Announces New Booster Contract for Space Launch System and Orion

Artist’s conception of the Space Launch System (SLS) launching from Kennedy Space Center.Image Credit: NASA

In its continuing progress towards returning American astronauts to space, NASA has announced a new $23.3 million contract for the design of advanced boosters for the Space Launch System (SLS). The SLS heavy-lift rocket will be used to launch [...]

NASA, ESA Hold Jan. 16 NASA TV Briefing on New Orion Agreement

Image Credit: NASA

NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) will hold a news briefing at 10:30 a.m. CST on Wednesday, Jan. 16, to discuss the details of a recent agreement for ESA to provide a service module for the Orion spacecraft’s Exploration Mission-1 in 2017. NASA Television will carry the briefing live from [...]

ESC Empowers Part 4: Rolling Thunder

This video contains elements from NASA videos

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — In the space business, one has to get used to heights. In terms of scale, only the expansive VAB and pads of Launch Complex-39 beat the height of NASA’s new Mobile Launcher (ML) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center located in Florida. [...]

ESC Empowers Part 2: It's Electric—Lightning Protection at Launch Complex 39B

This feature uses sections of NASA video segments.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla – In this second installment of our series detailing the efforts of the men and women of the Engineering Services Contract, or ESC, we will detail the efforts conducted to renovate and safeguard the historic Launch Complex-39B (LC-39B) for future [...]

Opinion: Will Obama's Second Term Get Us Closer to a Big Goal?

President Barack Obama discusses his plans and ambitions for NASA during an address at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Photo Credit: Jason Rhian / AmericaSpace

Politics and space exploration – both manned and unmanned – are inextricably linked. Big decisions and goals come from the President and go through congress for funding, which [...]

NASA’s Vehicle Assembly Building being Upgraded

NASA’s Vehicle Assembly Building or “VAB” is one of the largest structures in the world. The building is 526 feet tall, 716 feet long and 518 feet wide. All total, the building covers some eight acres. Photo Credit Julian Leek / Blue Sawtooth Studio

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — NASA has decided that it is [...]