SLS Boosters Raise Hope For Kerosene

By Frank Morring, Jr. Washington

Advanced kerosene-fueled rocket engines will be a serious subtext this week when launch-industry representatives gather for briefings on NASA’s plans to compete the strap-on boosters for its next heavy-lift rocket.

The Space Launch System (SLS) needs new boosters to meet the 130-metric-ton capability that Congress has ordered. While NASA is […]

Paul Allen, Supersizing Space Flight

By ANDY PASZTOR And DIONNE SEARCEY

 

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen says he will build the world's largest airplane as a mobile platform for launching satellites at low cost, which he believes could transform the space industry. Andy Pasztor has details on The News Hub.

Billionaire’s Novel Vision Has Wingspan Wider Than a Football Field, Weighs 1.2 […]

ESOcast 39: A Black Hole’s Dinner is Fast Approaching

Astronomers using ESO’s Very Large Telescope have discovered a gas cloud with several times the mass of the Earth accelerating towards the black hole at the centre of the Milky Way. This is the first time ever that the approach of such a doomed cloud to a supermassive black hole has been observed. This […]

United Launch Alliance Celebrates Five Years of Mission Success, 56 Launches in 60 Months

This print advertisement, celebrating our fifth anniversary, appears this week in Aviation Week, Defense News, Politico and Space News.

CENTENNIAL, Colo., Dec. 6, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — United Launch Alliance was formed just five years ago, bringing together the world’s two most experienced launch teams and two highly reliable launch systems, Atlas […]

ULA chief urges NASA to get moving

Stop spending on likely losing bidders, Gass says Written by Ledyard King | FLORIDA TODAY

Michael Gass, President and CEO of United Launch Alliance, speaking at the National Press Club Tuesday. / Ledyard King/GANNETT

WASHINGTON — The head of the joint venture vying to be part of the effort to deliver NASA astronauts to the International […]

ULA Chief Disputes Assertion that Air Force Lacks Block Buy Data

Michael Gass. Credit: Space News photo by Rob Curtis

WASHINGTON — United Launch Alliance (ULA) Chief Executive Michael Gass challenged a key assertion in a U.S. government report that urged the U.S. Air Force to rethink plans to proceed with a bulk purchase of satellite launchers next year, a recommendation that has found a […]

Former Senators Sign on as Lobbyists for Space Company

Former U.S. senators Trent Lott (R-Miss.) and John Breaux (D-La.) are part of a team of Patton Boggs lobbyists advocating for a commercial space transportation company, according to paperwork filed with Congress on Thursday.

The former senators and three of their Patton colleagues represent Hawthorne, Calif.-based Space Exploration Technologies Corp., also known as SpaceX. They […]

SpaceX to get lobbying help from former U.S. Senators Trent Lott and John Breaux

By Brian Lawson, The Huntsville Times  – WASHINGTON, D.C. — Former U.S. Senators Trent Lott, R-Miss. and U.S. Sen. John Breaux, D-La. have signed on to lobby on behalf of commercial space transportation company SpaceX, the Legal Times is reporting.

The pair are part of the Patton Boggs lobbying firm hired to assist the company.

The story also notes […]

SpaceX poised to make history with space station docking

 

Hawthorne-based commercial space venture SpaceX is set to send its Dragon space capsule to dock with the $100-billion International Space Station — a feat that’s been accomplished only by the world’s wealthiest nations.

NASA announced Friday that the private company, formally named Space Exploration Technologies Corp., will aim to launch its 18-story Falcon 9 rocket Feb. […]

NASA Sets Feb. 7 Target for SpaceX To Launch to Station

WASHINGTON — Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) is scheduled to launch its Dragon space capsule to the international space station Feb. 7 in a flight demonstration that would clear the way for the Hawthorne, Calif.-based company to begin regular cargo runs to the orbital outpost.

NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver announced the launch target Dec. […]