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AmericaSpace to Unveil New Launch Tracker for CRS-2

Image Credit: Jim Hillhouse
Image Credit: Jim Hillhouse

AmericaSpace has been working quietly to improve the services it offers to you. For space enthusiasts who cannot attend launch, there is no feature we have that brings you closer to the action than AmericaSpace Launch Tracker. However, until now, Launch Tracker has lacked consistency and by and large consisted of written posts on the Launch Tracker section of our website—that’s about to change. 

AmericaSpace’s new Launch Tracker will now include the following:

  • Live streaming video for most U.S. launches as well as some international launches.
  • Updates as they happen, with personal perspectives from the AmericaSpace team on the ground.
  • Links to stories, videos, and features relating to that mission.
  • Background info on both the spacecraft and the launch vehicle hoisting it into orbit.

Future additions will include video features with experts within the industry letting you know more about the mission and the hardware comprising it. This is all part of the major revamp that is taking place at AmericaSpace. We will soon be updating our launch schedule, launch viewing guide, and much, much more. Stay tuned, but please be patient with us, sometimes new features have minor problems.

Written by Jason Rhian

Jason Rhian gained Bachelor’s Degrees in journalism and public relations from the University of South Florida and spent countless hours volunteering with NASA and other space groups to gain experience. He has interned with NASA twice. Once at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) press site in 2007 and with NASA's Exploration Systems Mission Directorate (ESMD) in 2009.

Jason has worked with a number of space-related groups and events - including Google Lunar X-PRIZE team Omega Envoy, the 2009 International Space Development Conference and NASA's KSC press site. Jason has covered over 30 launches. His work has been published in Aviation Week & Space Technology, The Spaceport News and online with MSNBC.com, Space.com, SpaceRef.com, Spacevidcast.com, Universe Today and other websites.

Whereas some journalists are comfortable repurposing a press release and using imagery provided to them by the public relations arm of that organization – Jason has made a habit of getting behind the pre-approved announcements to cover the events first hand. He covered President Obama’s remarks live from Kennedy Space Center in April 2010. Jason also flew out to Utah to cover the test fire of Alliant Techsystems second test of the company’s Development Motor-2 (DM-2). More recently, he sat in the backseat of history, flying on NASA’s Shuttle Training Aircraft with STS-135 Commander Chris Ferguson as he trained for the last mission of the space shuttle era during the Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (TCDT).

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