NASA Satellites Launch Aboard Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne Rocket

Cosmic Girl releases LauncherOne for the first time during a crash test in July 2019. Credits: Virgin Orbit / Greg Robinson LauncherOne Virgin Orbit rocket detached from CosmicGirl aircraft around 5:53 PM EST (2:53 PM PST) January 13, 2022, launch OUR29th mission Educational launch of nanosatellites (ELaNa) and 13th CubeSat in the TechEdSat series. This … Read more

NASA leasing bill morphs into ‘freedom to vote’ legislation

A recent law that was supposed to make it easier for NASA to raise money by leasing underused facilities has gone in the most unexpected direction: expanding voting rights. NASA’s property law has been turned into “Freedom to Vote: The John R. Lewis Act” under the Democratic leadership of the House of Representatives, seeking to … Read more

New NASA chief scientist pledges a plan to renew agency’s Earth satellite fleet

NASA’s newly appointed head of science and Earth science says it has “more to plan” when it comes to setting the next priorities for the agency’s older satellite fleet. Katherine Calvin is the first NASA chief scientist to also act as a senior climate adviser at the agency, a role created in February 2021. Calvin … Read more

NASA may need more astronauts for space station, moon missions, report says

NASA may need more astronauts to meet its space flight targets over the coming years, according to a new report from the agency’s investigative office. Currently, NASA flies only to astronauts International Space Station on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsules and Russian Soyuz vehicles. But the agency is ambitious Artemis program the return of humans to … Read more

NASA getting SLS megarockets ready for crewed moon missions

The giant rockets that will take NASA astronauts to the moon in a few years are really starting to come together. In a brief status update released on Tuesday (January 11th), NASA officials wrote that the agency and its manufacturing partners have made “great strides” in assembling the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket for Artemis … Read more