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LightSail 2 Launch Viewing: Tips & Tricks

Justin Foley • June 15, 2019

LightSail 2 is launching on the next SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It is one payload of many on the mission known collectively as STP-2. Space Test Program (STP) is a crucial part of the US Air Force’s development of advanced technologies in space.

LightSail Launch Event

Richard Chute • May 21, 2019

LightSail 2’s launch window opens on June 22, and we are finalizing plans for our launch viewing celebrations. Once we have finished coordinating the details with the Air Force’s STP-2 mission team and the Kennedy Space Center, we will share them with all of our members and backers so that you can join us in person or remotely via the internet.

Hearing Recap: NASA’s FY 2020 Budget Request

Brendan Curry • April 08, 2019 • 1

On March 27, 2019, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies held a hearing titled, “NASA’s FY 2020 Budget Request.”

This Thanksgiving, avoid the politics and talk space instead

Casey Dreier • November 21, 2018

If you're expecting to gather with extended family on Thanksgiving, avoid the politics. Here are some conversation starters to use at the dinner table that everyone can engage in.

The day I caught rocket fever

MaryLiz Bender • September 20, 2018 • 3

On February 6, 2018, I found myself shoulder to shoulder with two of my heroes: Bill Nye on the left, Buzz Aldrin on the right. Our eyes were fixed on the first vertical Falcon Heavy rocket. Figuring the world's most powerful rocket might send me flying backwards once the countdown hit zero, I gripped the railing so tightly I started to lose the feeling in my fingertips.

NASA names crews and dates for first U.S. commercial missions

Jason Davis • August 03, 2018 • 5

Four NASA astronauts and one commercial employee are expected to launch aboard SpaceX and Boeing-operated vehicles in 2019.

Cygnus cargo craft will test ability to boost and deorbit the International Space Station

Jason Davis • May 25, 2018 • 2

NASA and Orbital ATK are planning a one-minute test burn before Cygnus leaves the station.

Is NASA painting itself into a corner with its ISS transition plans?

Jason Davis • May 16, 2018 • 1

By 2025, NASA wants to create a new humans-in-LEO market, and then become the non-primary customer for that new market.

Book Review: The Space Barons

Jason Davis • March 21, 2018 • 1

A new book focuses on the eccentric leaders of SpaceX, Blue Origin, and Virgin Galactic.

If you come at the Space Launch System, you best not miss

Jason Davis • March 09, 2018 • 21

Getting NASA out of the rocket business is more complicated than you think.

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