Russia launches military satellite

A Soyuz rocket placed a Russian military reconnaissance satellite into orbit on Monday. The Soyuz-…

Orbital debris passes close to ISS

An unidentified piece of orbital debris passed close to the International Space Station Tuesday morning,…

Minotaur launch postponed

The launch of a small military satellite on a Minotaur rocket from Virginia was postponed…

NASA approves July 8 launch date for final shuttle mission

NASA officials gave the formal go-ahead Tuesday for plans to launch the space shuttle…

Minotaur launches military satellite

A Minotaur rocket launched a small military satellite late Wednesday evening from Virginia. The Minotaur…

With NASA’s Shuttle Era Ending, Layoffs Loom for Space Workers

HOUSTON ? As NASA winds down its space shuttle program, the agency is navigating a tricky transition that will not only ground the orbiter fleet for good, but will also mark a huge shift for the thousands of shuttle workers who have spent decades working in the iconic program.

Nasa Gears Up For Last-Ever Shuttle Launch

Nasa has confirmed it is on schedule for the lift-off of Atlantis next week – and a moment of history for the United States.

Another push for Pu-238 funding

Plutonium 238 (Pu-238), the radioactive isotope used in the radioisotope thermoelectric generators (RTGs), is essential to a number of spacecraft missions, particularly those bound for the outer solar system. However, getting the relatively modest funding (no more than a few tens of millions of dollars a year) needed to restart Pu-238 production in the US […]

Shelby calls for SLS competition

What does Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) have in common with California’s two Democratic senators? He, like Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, is now calling on NASA to hold an open competition for the development of the Space Launch System (SLS). In a letter to NASA administrator Charles Bolden last Friday, Shelby said that while […]

Albrecht?s policy prescription for NASA

In this week’s issue of The Space Review, I reviewed the new book Falling Back to Earth by Mark Albrecht, who was the executive secretary of the National Space Council during the George H.W. Bush administration and, later, president of International Launch Services. Much of the book, as I note in the review, talks about […]