Tag: Boeing

Blue Origin Teases Upcoming In-Flight Abort Test for New Shepard

Blue Origin Teases Upcoming In-Flight Abort Test for New Shepard

In his latest newsletter, Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos teases an upcoming in-flight escape test of the New Shepard capsule aboard the similarly named booster. While there is not an announced date, Bezos says it will take place in early October, and will be broadcast for your “viewing pleasure.” The test, which is described in […]

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Boeing CST-100 / Starliner Schedule Slip

Boeing CST-100 / Starliner Schedule Slip

SpaceX may now be in the pole position to be the first company to launch astronauts to orbit under NASA’s Commercial Crew contract. According to a report in GeekWire, Boeing has announced a slip, albeit a brief one, in its Starliner test schedule as the company works though several issues in getting its capsule ready […]

NASA Highlights Commercial Crew Progress

NASA Highlights Commercial Crew Progress

NASA’s Commercial Crew partners Boeing and SpaceX are continuing to make progress in testing their respective systems for flights which will begin next year. Yesterday, NASA’s featured image came from a drop test of Boeing’s Starliner capsule conducted at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. The test, which took place in the facility’s 2o’ […]

NASA FY 2017 Budget Request

NASA FY 2017 Budget Request

First, the good news. We are long past the days when the release of an Administration’s budget request for NASA was the most reliable guidepost to what the future of space exploration might bring. On the other hand, we are nowhere close to the point where it is no longer relevant either. That being said, […]

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NASA Orders Second Starliner Mission to ISS

NASA Orders Second Starliner Mission to ISS

KSC Press Release: December 18, 2015 RELEASE 15-240 NASA Orders Second Boeing Crew Mission to International Space Station NASA took an important step Friday to establish regular crew missions that will launch from the United States to the International Space Station with the order of its second post-certification mission from Boeing Space Exploration of Houston. […]

On Board the Omnibus: NASA’s Commercial Crew Program is Finally, Fully, Funded

On Board the Omnibus: NASA’s Commercial Crew Program is Finally, Fully, Funded

For the first time in its often turbulent history, NASA’s Commercial Crew Program is set to receive the full level of funding. $1.243 billion,  requested by the Obama Administration. The news comes as one small part of an Omnibus Spending Bill passed by House and Senate appropriators early this morning. While the agreement, as well […]

Profound Propellant Problems Prompt DARPA to Cancel ALASA

Profound Propellant Problems Prompt DARPA to Cancel ALASA

The growing list of potential smallsat launchers thinned out a bit last week with the news that DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, has cancelled ALASA, the Airborne Launch Assist Space Access program which was awarded to Boeing in 2014. The story, reported in Space News, cites difficulties in maintaining safe control over the […]

NASA’s Boeing Bounce Lifts Dream Chaser, Sets the Stage for ISS Budget Battles

NASA’s Boeing Bounce Lifts Dream Chaser, Sets the Stage for ISS Budget Battles

After media speculation that an announcement could have been forthcoming on Thursday, NASA’s oft delayed Commercial Resupply Services-2 (CRS-2) contract has been pushed back once again. The new deadline, according to the story in Space News, is now no later than January 30th, 2016, and comes because the space agency needed “to allow additional time […]

Aerojet-Rocketdyne Offers $2 Billion for ULA

Aerojet-Rocketdyne Offers $2 Billion for ULA

According to Reuters, Aerojet-Rocketdyne Holdings Inc. has made an offer to purchase United Launch Alliance from parent companies Boeing and Lockheed Martin for approximately $2 billion in a deal which could achieve preliminary agreement as early as next week. The deal would mark a major shakeup and yet another consolidation in the traditional, or “OldSpace” […]

Boeing Officially Opens CST-100’s KSC Facility and Gives it a New Name: Starliner

Boeing Officially Opens CST-100’s KSC Facility and Gives it a New Name: Starliner

Boeing officially opened its Commercial Crew and Cargo Processing Facility at the Kennedy Space Center today in a televised event which culminated in the name reveal for the CST-100 spacecraft which will be the focus of operations. The name for the partially reusable spacecraft which will transport astronauts to ISS as part of NASA’s Commercial […]

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