September 21, 2017

One-on-one with NASA’s chief space station builder

September 5, 2015

Mike Suffredini is leaving NASA after 10 years at the helm of the International Space Station program overseeing assembly of the largest spacecraft ever built. He chatted with Spaceflight Now in his final weeks as space station program manager, sharing his memories and vision for the commercialization of low Earth orbit.

Space Florida to take over KSC’s shuttle runway

June 15, 2015

NASA will hand over control of the Kennedy Space Center’s disused space shuttle landing strip to the state of Florida on June 22 in a major step toward repurposing the three-mile-long runway for future spacecraft, officials said Monday.

Former Atlas launch pad gets a new tenant

January 24, 2015

A decommissioned launch facility at Cape Canaveral where some of America’s first interplanetary missions left Earth will now be used as a test site for a commercial moon lander.

Ratchet wrench ’emailed’ to space station

December 22, 2014

A future where mission control can digitally dispatch tools, spare parts and other vital materials to far-flung space crews took one giant leap toward reality when a 3D printer aboard the International Space Station produced a ratchet wrench on demand.

Station astronaut calls private spaceflight ‘next breakthrough’

November 3, 2014

Space station astronaut Reid Wiseman, preparing to return to Earth this weekend after 165 days in orbit, said commercial spaceflight represents the “next breakthrough” in aerospace technology, and that he hopes Virgin Galactic can ultimately turn that dream into reality despite the fatal crash of the company’s SpaceShipTwo rocket plane.

Branson vows to press ahead, NTSB investigation begins

November 2, 2014

Richard Branson, the charismatic leader of Virgin Galactic and a driving force in the push to commercialize space travel, vowed to find out what caused the fatal crash of his company’s SpaceShipTwo rocket plane, to learn from the tragedy and to press ahead with plans to carry paying customers into space.

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