Author Archives: Dave Fischer

Britain Adds Funds to Repurpose ESA ATV as Orion Service Module

European Space Agency (ESA) Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) Image Credit: ESA / CNES / Arianespace / Photo optique video du CSG The European Space Agency (ESA) announced they will inform NASA they are ready to build an ATV derived Service … Continue reading

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Your Very Own Personal Space Program

By Michael Mackowski There are many ways folks express their interest in the space program. Some space enthusiasts read everything they can find and often have a large book collection. Some people accumulate souvenirs and autographs. Photos, patches, and pins … Continue reading

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The Return of the Dragon

NASA press release about the successful completion of the first commercial resupply mission the the International Space Station: RELEASE: 12-381 SPACEX DRAGON RETURNS FROM SPACE STATION WITH NASA CARGO HOUSTON — A Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) Dragon spacecraft splashed down … Continue reading

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Dragon – "The Ice Cream Truck Has Arrived"

At 3:56 AM Pacific Daylight time, Wednesday 10 October, the SpaceX Dragon space craft was successfully grappled by the Canadarm on the International Space Station (ISS). Referring to the fact that Dragon is capable of carrying powered equipment to and … Continue reading

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Spurring Economic Growth and Competitiveness Through NASA Derived Technologies

(Washington, DC) — On July 12 the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology’s Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics held a hearing entitled, “Spurring Economic Growth and Competitiveness through NASA Derived Technologies.” The purpose of the hearing was to highlight … Continue reading

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Virgin Galactic Unveils LauncherOne

Virgin Galactic Unveils LauncherOne to Deliver 225 KG Orbit for $10 MIllion Image Credit: Virgin Galactic In an announcement today at the Farnborough International Air Show, Virgin Galactic revealed it is partnering with a privately funded satellite launcher to build … Continue reading

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NASA Gains Breathing Room On Commercial Crew Program

NASA has negotiated a continuation of its successful Space Acts Agreements (SAA) procedures for contracting and funding of the next phase of its Commercial Crew Program (CCP). The SAA has also been the process for NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services … Continue reading

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SpaceX Completes Successful COTS 2,3 Mission

The Dragon Spacecraft Floating in the Pacific Ocean Image Credit: Michael Altenhofen / SpaceX The Dragon spacecraft successfully completed all mission objectives and floats quietly in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Mexico following reentry and splashdown. SpaceX announced: … Continue reading

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NASA Administrator Places Call to ISS Following SpaceX Historic Feat

25 May 2012 WASHINGTON — NASA Administrator Charles Bolden offered his congratulations to the International Space Station Expedition 31 crew and mission flight control teams at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston and SpaceX’s headquarters in Hawthorne, Calif., following Friday’s … Continue reading

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Dragon "Smells Like a New Car" and is "The Equivalent of the Golden Spike"

At 0953 UTC on Saturday morning, 26 May 2012, the hatch on Dragon was opened by Don Petitt aboard the International Space Station. The ISS was 253 miles above the Earth, near Auckland New Zealand. The crew installed the air … Continue reading

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