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Revisiting the ice giants: NASA study considers Uranus and Neptune missions

Jason Davis • June 21, 2017

Only one spacecraft has ever visited Uranus and Neptune: Voyager 2, in the late 1980s. A new NASA report explores the reasons to go back, and what type of mission might take us there.

Test stand glitch halts SLS engine firing in Mississippi

Jason Davis • July 14, 2016

A test stand problem cut short today's test-firing of a Space Launch System development engine at NASA's Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.

SLS Mockup Finds Path through Southern U.S.

Jason Davis • February 17, 2016

The SLS core stage pathfinder is a 65-meter-long, full-size mockup of the actual rocket's main section. Just like SLS, building, assembling and utilizing the pathfinder involves multiple contractors and NASA centers around the southern U.S.

SLS CubeSats to Set Sail for Deep Space

Jason Davis • February 10, 2016

When SLS launches Orion to the moon in 2018, a fleet of deep space CubeSats will come along for the ride, including a solar sailing spacecraft similar to LightSail.

Planetary Deep Drill Field Test: Road Trip

Bruce Betts • December 14, 2015

The Planetary Deep Drill is being tested in a California gypsum mine. Several Planetary Society staff took a road trip to visit the ongoing Honeybee Robotics test of this prototype robotic drill that could one day drill hundreds of meters into planetary ices.

United Launch Alliance Unveils New CubeSat Carrier Program

Jason Davis • November 19, 2015

United Launch Alliance plans to include a CubeSat carrier on nearly every one of its Atlas V and Vulcan rockets starting in 2017, the company announced today.

SpaceX Completes Crew Dragon Propulsion System Development Testing

Jason Davis • November 11, 2015

SpaceX has completed development testing on its SuperDraco propulsion system, used to propel the company’s Crew Dragon spacecraft away from a Falcon rocket in the event of a launch failure.

Blue Origin to Launch Rockets from Cape Canaveral

Jason Davis • September 16, 2015

Spaceflight company Blue Origin plans to launch its orbital rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida, the company revealed Tuesday.

Roving Mars—In Utah

Bill Dunford • August 19, 2015

Students gather in the desert to answer the University Rover Challenge, pushing the limits of the tech that will drive future Mars exploration.

No Major Problems with SLS Design, NASA Managers Say

Jason Davis • August 19, 2015

A key review of NASA’s Space Launch System did not uncover any major problems with the rocket's design, officials said at Stennis Space Center near Gulfport, Mississippi.

Despite Rain Delays, NASA Prepares for Busy Year of SLS Engine Tests

Jason Davis • May 04, 2015

Despite a rainy spring that has caused schedule delays, NASA is preparing for a busy year of Space Launch System engine testing.

United Launch Alliance Pulls Back Curtain on New Rocket

Jason Davis • April 13, 2015

ULA revealed its new Vulcan rocket system today, an Atlas and Delta mashup the company says will increase power, lower costs and broaden mission capabilities.

Meet NASA's Winning Asteroid Redirect Spacecraft, and the Asteroid It May Visit

Jason Davis • March 25, 2015

NASA has decided to pluck a small boulder off a large asteroid, instead of bagging an entire asteroid outright, the agency announced Wednesday.

Interview with an SLS Engineer: How Booster Test May Help Drive Golden Spike for Interplanetary Railroad

Jason Davis • March 10, 2015

With NASA and Orbital ATK preparing for an important test tomorrow in Utah, an SLS engineer describes the inner workings of the vehicle's new solid rocket boosters.

Europe's Experimental Spaceplane Completes Successful Test Flight

Jason Davis • February 11, 2015

The IXV spaceplane, designed to demonstrate reentry technologies, splashed down in the Pacific Ocean this morning after a successful, 100-minute test flight.

Two Days, Two Launches and Three Landings

Jason Davis • February 09, 2015

Within a two-day span, two rocket launches and three ocean landings are scheduled—one of which involves an autonomous spaceport drone ship.

Commercial Crew Rivalries: Fun to Watch, Everybody Wins

Jason Davis • January 28, 2015

Now that Boeing and SpaceX have won the high-profile privilege of carrying astronauts to the ISS, they must start making public appearances as reluctant equals.

Watch the Incredible 'Rapid Unscheduled Disassembly' of SpaceX's Falcon 9 Rocket

Jason Davis • January 16, 2015

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has released four images of the company's Falcon 9 rocket impacting its drone ship landing pad in the Atlantic Ocean.

Reconstructing What Happened at Sea, as Dragon Arrives at Station

Jason Davis • January 12, 2015

Following a routine two-day voyage, SpaceX's Dragon capsule pulled in to port at the International Space Station. Meanwhile, tweets from CEO Elon Musk give clues on what happened at sea.

NASA Completes First Test Firing of SLS Core Stage Engine (Updated)

Jason Davis • January 09, 2015

NASA completed a 500-second test firing of the RS-25 engine, which will power the core stage of the Space Launch System.

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