Falcon Heavy: Uncertain Case for Lunar Exploration

Illustration of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy launch vehicle. Image Credit: SpaceX

There have been occasional suggestions that NASA should scrap its Space Launch System (SLS) in favor of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy for fulfilling its beyond low-Earth orbit needs [1]. The claim forwarded by some is that the as-yet-untested-and-unflown 53 mt low-Earth orbit (LEO) (200 […]

Orion Update Event Held at NASA's Kennedy Space Center

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Video courtesy of NASA

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — The covers were pulled back on NASA’s new crewed Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle today, providing a rare look at the spacecraft that will conduct its first test flight next year. The event was held on the third anniversary of President Obama’s visit to Kennedy […]

Space Launch System Truths and Misconceptions

There have been a lot of beliefs or perceptions regarding NASA’s new heavy-lift booster, the Space Launch System, that have been stated as factual—but are they?

We had promised this article would appear yesterday and as we like to keep our promises, we ran a portion of it yesterday. We felt it was […]

Space Launch System Truths and Misconceptions (Part 1)

There have been a lot of statements about NASA’s new heavy-lift booster, the Space Launch System. Some of them are facts and others are myths. Throughout this week we will be posting an interview with NASA’s Deputy Associate Administrator for Exploration Systems Dan Dumbacher to try and set the record straight. Image Credit: […]

NASA's Human Space Flight Program Kicks Into Overdrive

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Video courtesy of AmericaSpace with NASA-provided segments.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — Two days prior to the liftoff of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket carrying cargo to the International Space Station, NASA held a briefing at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida detailing the progress it has made in the agency’s […]

Orion is Three Milestones Closer to Launch

This animation still shows Orion separating from its rocket during EFT-1, the unmanned mission designed to demonstrate the spacecraft’s re-entry systems. Image Credit: NASA

Things are looking good for NASA’s Orion spacecraft. The agency announced yesterday the program has passed a number of significant milestones recently. The tools that will mate the pieces […]