Florida Senators Chime In on NASA Heavy lift Space Launch System

By Doug Mohney, Contributing Editor

Senators Bill Nelson (D) and Marco Rubio (R) are the latest lawmakers to send a letter about NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS), the heavy lift rocket project intended for beyond earth orbit exploration. Addressed to President Obama, the two urge the Administration to commit to SLS, but say it’s OK for current SLS […]

ULA trimming local jobs

Up to 70 workers affected; only two Delta II launches set Written by JAMES DEAN FLORIDA TODAY CAPE CANAVERAL — The number of local jobs launching spacecraft in Florida continues to shrink and not just because of NASA’s retiring shuttle program.

An Atlas V rocket with NASA's Juno spacecraft payload is seen the evening before it's […]

Let the Games Begin

Michael D. Griffin – former NASA administrator from 2005 to 2009

When presidential candidate Barack Obama first mentioned his stance on space policy, he spoke of the NASA budget as a perfect offset for additional education spending. Later, when he realized that he had to win Florida, he changed his tune. But it came […]

Gas generator failure blamed for Progress transport ship accident

MOSCOW, August 29 (Itar-Tass) —— The Progress M-12M transport ship accident on August 24 was caused by a malfunction in the gas generator in the Soyuz carrier rocket’s third stage engine, Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) spokesman Alexei Kuznetsov told Itar-Tass on Monday, August 29.

“Members of the emergency commission have determined the cause of the […]

RSC Energia Turns 65

Dear employees of the company, our dear veterans, We heartily congratulate you on the 65th anniversary of the S.P. Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia!

Our company, founded by an outstanding engineer, scientist, manager, the farther of space flight academician Sergei Pavlovich Korolev has a glorious history and lasting traditions, and has always […]

The work of the emergency committee to launch THC “Progress M-12M”

:: 08/29/2011    Russian Space Agency and the leadership of enterprises aerospace industry deals with the transfer at a later date landing of manned spacecraft “Soyuz TMA-21” from September 8, 2011 and start of manned spacecraft “Soyuz TMA-22”, scheduled earlier on September 22, as well as continuation of service the International Space Station (ISS).

Progress space freighter destroyed in atmosphere – source / RIA Novosti commentator Alina Chernoivanova

14:17 29/08/2011 MOSCOW, August 29 (RIA Novosti)

Large pieces of the Progress M-12M space freighter have not been discovered because the ship most likely burned up in the Earth’s atmosphere or the third stage of the Soyuz-U carrier rocket exploded, a source in the space industry said on Monday.

“Large pieces of the space freighter have not […]

Briz-M upper-stage fault behind Proton-M launch failure

14:30 30/08/2011 MOSCOW, August 30 (RIA Novosti)

A malfunction of the Briz-M upper-stage rocket reportedly caused the failure of a Proton-M rocket launch two weeks ago, Russian space agency Roscosmos said on Tuesday.

On August 18, a Russian Proton-M rocket lost the prized Express-AM4 satellite that was designed to provide digital television and secure government communications for […]

Accumulation of Russian Space Failures

by Charles P. Vick, Global Security. Org

The difference between the Progress/Soyuz-U verses the Soyuz-FG for Soyuz-TMA is difference mods but it appears to be the basic same system except the Progress/Soyuz-U booster uses the much older 11D55 known as the RD-0110 engine on the third stage as does the Soyuz-FG that uses the same […]

NASA’s Mars Rover Curiosity is ready for launch from KSC and journey to the Red Planet

On August 12, 2011, members of the media had the opportunity to view NASA’ newest Mars Rover, Curiosity, undergoing final prelaunch processing at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The Mars Science Laboratory, MSL, will launch on November 25 for an eight months journey to Mars. Here we see the rover and spacecraft in the processing […]