space

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And Then There Was One

By Mike Deliman NASA concludes attempts to contact Mars Rover 'Spirit' Last night the news of Spirit's mission coming to a close hit my mailbox.For me, her journey started about eleven years ago.  A call from JPL came to my office phone, it was Glenn.  "Mike, we're putting the team back together, we're going back to Mars."Those words were like…

Rendezvous with a Rock

By Mike Deliman MESSENGER spacecraft is approaching it's rendezvous with Mercury.  After flying for over 2400 days, in a little over 24 hours (from writing this)  MESSENGER will maneuver into orbit, the first time a satellite has orbited Mercury.  We hope to learn a lot about the composition of the surface and effects of solar weathering of the surface.  And there's…

COTS in Space: Enter The Dragon

By Mike Deliman Congratulations to Space Exploration Technologies Inc, on their successful venture into orbit.  By launching the Dragon into orbit, successfully orbiting the earth more than once, and returning to the ground, you've made history. I wish I could have watched the launch and later the landing.  This is absolutely a historic event. Given the cancellation of the Ares…

VxWorks helping commercial spaceflight become a reality

he successful launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket (I should really say "launch vehicle") today was another great step for commercial spaceflight. The Falcon 9 has already successfully reached orbit in June 2010, but at that time it didn't have a payload. This latest launch is the first to carry SpaceX Dragon capsule which was successfully recovered after the flight.

BUT Can the Commercial Sector do Space?

By Mike Deliman With the recent demise of the ARES program, we are left without an institutional solution for accessing  space. Not just returning to the Moon, etc, but maintaining our presence in orbit (ISS) without relying on someone else's technology for transportation.  The cancellation of that program leaves a staggering hole in our plans for exploring space over the next…