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For NASA's flying corps, it looks like 1975 all over again.
February 05, 2010 | By Matthew Hersch
So NASA’s Constellation program is dead. No more Ares rockets, no government-funded Orion capsule.With all due respect to the engineers who worked on the program, we’re better off without it.After six years and $9 billion spent, Constellation only managed a single suborbital test launch—of mostly m...
February 04, 2010 | By Tony Reichhardt
Learning the art of the dogfight at Red Flag.
February 04, 2010 | By Randy Gordon
The release of the new proposed budget for NASA has unleashed a blizzard of news articles and commentary. The administration proposes to terminate Constellation, the agency effort to design and build a new space transportation system to carry people to low Earth orbit and beyond. In its place, th...
February 03, 2010 | By Paul D. Spudis
As reality TV, let's just say it lacks drama. So far I haven't seen a single shouting match. But beginning today, you can watch live as NASA astronauts go about their daily business inside the International Space Station.The "Live From the ISS" link on NASA's space station web page shows you the vi...
February 01, 2010 | By Tony Reichhardt
Russia's first "fifth-generation" fighter made its debut today on a snowy airfield in the country's far east.Sukhoi test pilot Sergey Bogdan took the company's PAK FA prototype aircraft on a 47-minute flight before returning to the factory runway at Komsomolsk-on-Amur. Bogdan reported that the new ...
January 29, 2010 | By Tony Reichhardt
NASA’s Spirit rover goes into survival mode on Mars.
January 28, 2010 | By Michael Klesius
On August 16, 1960, U.S. Air Force Captain Joe Kittinger stepped out of the gondola of a balloon at 102,800 feet above New Mexico wearing a pressure suit. In the thin air, he accelerated to 614 miles an hour in free fall before denser atmosphere slowed his plunge to a speed that allowed him to open...
January 26, 2010 | By Mike Klesius
Yet again, the U.S. space program is in the slough of despond, whereby previous assumptions are questioned, the current path is discarded, the program is re-directed, and luminous enthusiasm heralds the new direction…And then it all tapers off to nothing.As long as we are navel-gazing during this p...
January 25, 2010 | By Paul D. Spudis
In an interesting post at Vision Restoration, “Ray” tackles the desultory Flexible Path (FP) architecture of the Augustine committee, which calls for human missions to low gravity destinations and delays missions to the lunar and martian surface. The problems he finds with FP are similar to points...
January 23, 2010 | By Paul D. Spudis
Planetary scientist Dan Durda was the co-leader of a two-day training course held this week at the National AeroSpace Training and Research (NASTAR) Center for scientists who want to learn the ropes of suborbital spaceflight.Durda sent back these dispatches from the NASTAR center in Pennsylvania.
January 13, 2010 | By Tony Reichhardt
The Horten Ho 229 is on the short list for restoration at the Air and Space Museum.
January 11, 2010 | By Rebecca Maksel
The launch that saved the world from orbiting laser battle stations.
January 2010 | By Dwayne A. Day and Robert G. Kennedy III
With its bid to replace the Convair B-36 bomber, did Douglas promise too much?
January 2010 | By John Aldaz and Sir George Cox
Air crews recall their service as roadies for Bob Hope's USO show.
January 2010 | By Rebecca Maksel
Yeah. The A-37 was small. So was Napoleon.
January 2010 | By Stephen Joiner
January 2010 | By Tracy Wilkinson
Grumman's first jet honors a son of the Bluegrass State.
January 2010 | By Barrett Tillman
After 2010, the only spaceplane in the U.S. inventory will be the Air Force's mysterious X-37.
January 2010 | By Michael Klesius
January 2010 | By Roger A. Mola