Inside KSC! for July 19, 2019
NASA celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission by hosting multiple events at Kennedy Space Center.
NASA Emmy Nomination for Coverage of SpaceX Demo-1 Mission
NASA has been nominated by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for Outstanding Interactive Program for its coverage of SpaceX’s Demonstration Mission 1 as part of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program. The nomination is a result of years of preparation for the historic launch and multiple live broadcasts from NASA and SpaceX facilities across the country during each phase of the Crew Dragon’s mission to the International Space Station and its stunning return to Earth. Throughout NASA’s coverage, the agency engaged social media users around the world and at local social media influencer gatherings at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Kennedy's Space Station Processing Facility Turns 25
Most International Space Station payloads are delivered to Kennedy Space Center's Space Station Processing Facility (SSPF), which has played an integral role in spaceflight for a quarter century.
Inside KSC! for July 12, 2019
Exploration Ground Systems conducted a water flow test with the mobile launcher at Launch Complex 39B, reaching a peak flow rate of 1.1 million gallons per minute. Kennedy employees marked the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing, Apollo 11, while helping those in need during the 2019 Feds Feed Families campaign. This year's theme is "The Moon Lights the Way."
NASA Conducts Successful Water Flow Test with Mobile Launcher
A successful water flow test with the mobile launcher at Kennedy Space Center’s Pad 39B on July 2, 2019, put NASA one step closer to returning astronauts to the Moon by 2024, with the goal of sending humans to Mars. It was the first of nine tests to verify the sound suppression system is ready for launch of NASA’s Space Launch System for the first Artemis mission.
Approximately 450,000 gallons of water was released from an elevated water tank and distributed through large diameter piping and valves to water nozzles located in the Pad B flame deflector, the mobile launcher flame hole and on the launcher’s blast deck in just 45 seconds. That’s enough water to fill 45 residential swimming pools! The system reached a peak flow rate of 1.1 million gallons per minute.
Rocket Ranch Episode 12: From Apollo to Artemis
NASA looks back at the Apollo era and ahead at future Artemis missions to the Moon. Check out Episode 12: From Apollo to Artemis, read the full transcript and catch up on missed episodes at https://www.nasa.gov/kennedy/rocketranch.
Inside KSC! for July 5, 2019
This week in space news, the Orion launch abort system is put to the test in a demonstration of its safety capabilities and the mobile launcher makes its final solo journey to Launch Pad 39B – two important milestones in NASA’s preparations for Artemis missions to the Moon.
NASA’s Ascent Abort-2 Flight Test Launches atop Northrop Grumman Provided Booster
A fully functional Launch Abort System (LAS) with a test version of the Orion spacecraft attached, launches on NASA’s Ascent Abort-2 (AA-2) atop a Northrop Grumman provided booster on July 2, 2019, at 7 a.m. EDT, from Launch Pad 46 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. During AA-2, the booster will send the LAS and Orion to an altitude of 31,000 feet at Mach 1.15 (more than 1,000 mph). The flight test will prove that the abort system can pull crew to safety in the unlikely event of an emergency during ascent.
Inside KSC! for June 28, 2019
This week in space news, several NASA payloads launched aboard a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket on the Department of Defense's Space Test Program-2 mission. Also, International Docking Adapter 3 was packed into the trunk of the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft ahead of its July launch to the International Space Station on the company's 18th commercial resupply mission.
Inside KSC! for June 21, 2019
A small CubeSat, called StangSat, created by students at Florida's Merritt Island High School, with support by mentors from Kennedy Space Center, is ready to launch on the upcoming Space Test Program-2 mission. Engineers are prepping the mobile launcher for its next big move atop the crawler-transporter to Launch Pad 39B for a fit check and testing so the ML is ready to support the uncrewed Artemis 1 mission.
Explore Kennedy Space Center: Pad 39B
From Apollo 10 and the Saturn V rocket to Artemis 1 and the Space Launch System, Launch Pad 39B is revamped for the next generation to Explore the Moon and on to Mars. Check in at the Kennedy Space Center and get fired up for launch!
Inside KSC! for June 14, 2019
This week in space news, Kennedy Space Center employees attended a presentation on how Florida natives affected, and were affected by, Atlantic World events from 1492 to today. Also, Kennedy held its annual Hurricane Awareness Briefing, focusing on preparation being key.
Celebrating Apollo: Explore Humans in Space
Exploration is in our DNA – the desire to discover and inhabit distant worlds, whether across Earthly oceans or vast regions of space. It also is critical to the continuation of our species. Humanity must build a path to an Earth-independent existence. Come with us to the place where humans left earth for another world and explore the challenges associated with human space flight.
Inside KSC! for June 7, 2019
The United Launch Alliance Atlas V booster for Boeing's Crew Flight Test on the CST-100 Starliner arrived aboard the company's Mariner cargo ship at nearby Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. And Northrop Grumman's abort motor for NASA's Artemis 1 uncrewed test flight arrived at the Launch Abort System Facility for processing.
Inside KSC! for May 31, 2019
NASA senior leaders provided an update on the Exploration campaign, current missions and NASA's operating model initiatives during a Town Hall session at Kennedy Space Center; NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine gave the keynote address at Florida Tech's Space Technology Day; and Boeing's CST-100 Starliner was put to the test at NASA's White Sands Test Facility in New Mexico.
Inside KSC! for May 24, 2019
This week in space news, Orion's launch abort system moves to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 46 to prepare for its upcoming flight test, Ascent Abort-2. Also, Kennedy Space Center hosts the "Apollo - Then and Now" media day in anticipation of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission to the Moon.
Kennedy Space Center New Central Campus Building
Inside KSC! for May 17, 2019
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine unveiled the $1.6 billion budget increase for fiscal year 2020 and the Moon 2024 mission to the workforce during an agencywide town hall meeting. Afterwards, Kennedy Space Center Director Bob Cabana updated the KSC workforce about the NASA budget amendment and how the programs at the center will support the agency's efforts to land humans on the Moon by 2024.
Rocket Ranch Podcast Episode 10: Gateway
NASA’s latest exploration goals center on returning humans to the Moon – not just for a visit, but to stay. At the center of that plan is Gateway. It’s a small lunar outpost that will have living quarters, laboratories for science and research, docking ports for visiting spacecraft, and more.
Safety a Top Priority of NASA's Commercial Crew Program
With crewed missions approaching, NASA and commercial companies Boeing and SpaceX view safety as a top priority. As both companies prepare to send humans to the International Space Station, some safety measures taking place include testing flight hardware, preparing for emergency situations and rehearsing crew rescue techniques.
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Inside KSC! May 10, 2019
This week in space news, a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft arrived to the International Space Station after a successful May 4 launch of the company’s 17th Commercial Resupply Services mission. The Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 40, propelling the Dragon spacecraft – carrying research equipment, cargo and supplies – to the space station. Also, four honorees were distinguished as Chroniclers for their contributions to spreading the news of space exploration during a ceremony May 3 at the Florida spaceport’s NASA News Center.
Explore Kennedy Space Center: Crawler
Take a road trip to Explore Kennedy Space Center and get an inside look at the Crawler Transporter 2. Before the SLS does the heavy lifting to get Orion to the Moon in 2024, the Crawler does the heavy lifting here on Earth.
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SpaceX CRS-17 Dragon Solar Arrays Deployed
Dragon's solar arrays are deployed as the spacecraft begins its journey to the International Space Station on SpaceX's 17th Commercial Resupply Services mission. Liftoff occurred at 2:48 a.m. EST on May 4 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 40 in Florida.
SpaceX CRS-17 Dragon Spacecraft Separation
The SpaceX CRS-17 Dragon spacecraft separated from the company's Falcon 9 rocket as it continues on the 17th Commercial Resupply Services mission to the International Space Station. Liftoff took place at 2:48 a.m. EST at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 40 in Florida.
SpaceX Falcon 9 with Dragon Spacecraft Onboard Launches on CRS-17
Countdown and liftoff of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the company's Dragon spacecraft onboard for the company's 17th Commercial Resupply Services mission to the International Space Station. Launch occurred at 2:48 a.m. EST on May 4 from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
Prelaunch Broadcast Begins for Second Attempt of SpaceX CRS-17 Launch
At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, SpaceX's Headquarters in Hawthorne, California, and Mission Control Houston at Johnson Space Center, the live broadcast begins for the second attempt of the SpaceX 17th Commercial Resupply Services mission. Launch is scheduled for 2:48 a.m. EST, May 4, from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
Inside KSC! for May 3, 2019
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft await launch on the company's 17th commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station, and the engine vertical installer for NASA’s Space Launch System rocket arrives at Kennedy.
Exploration Research and Technology Spotlight on Daren Etienne
Daren Etienne, information technology specialist lead with NASA's Kennedy Space Center's Exploration Research and Technology Programs, supports civil servants, contractors and commercial partners, as they develop new technology that will help the agency go forward to the Moon, Mars and beyond.
Inside KSC! April 26, 2019
This week in space news, NASA and the Department of Defense conduct at-sea training exercises with the Boeing CST-100 Starliner training capsule. Also, spaceport officials and employees pay tribute to NASA astronaut Owen Garriott, a veteran of two spaceflights, who died April 15 at the age of 88.
NASA's ELaNa-19: Small Satellites, Big Dreams
In December 2018, a Rocket Lab Electron rocket launched from remote Mahia Peninsula in New Zealand carrying a NASA payload of 10 small satellites called Educational Launch of Nanosatellites-19 (ELaNa-19). The Electron is one of two vehicles NASA selected for its Venture Class Launch Service, in which small satellites, called CubeSats, fly on rockets designed especially for their needs. In this documentary, learn how the first launch of the Venture Class era demonstrates how the right ride into space can enable the designers of small satellites—from high schools and universities to NASA field centers—to dream big. To launch with ELaNa, visit http://www.nasa.gov/elana.
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NASA KSC Earth Day Message
Water is the foundation of life on Earth and researchers at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center are using lessons from Mother Nature to develop methods of purifying water for deep space missions that can be used to clean the water here on Earth. This technology could help eliminate some of the causes of water pollution, harmful algal blooms and fish kills.
Inside KSC! April 19, 2019
This week in space news, Launch Director Charlie Blackwell-Thompson led her team in the first countdown simulation of loading cryogenic liquid propellants into the Space Launch System rocket, and the spaceport hosts a sustainability expo during its annual Earth Day celebration. Also, the 2019 Chief Technologist Innovation Call, "Innovation Without Boundaries," is now open. NASA civil servant and contractor employees can submit their most innovative ideas with a chance to earn cash rewards.
Inside KSC! April 12, 2019
This week in space news, Florida Lt. Governor Jeanette Nunez toured Kennedy Space Center's Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building. During the tour, Nunez was shown NASA's Orion spacecraft, which will be flown on the agency's uncrewed Exploration-Mission 1 (EM-1) and crewed EM-2. Also, former astronauts Jim Buchli and Janet Kavandi were inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame during a ceremony held inside the Space Shuttle Atlantis attraction at Kennedy's visitor complex.
2019 Astronaut Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Former astronauts Jim Buchli and Janet Kavandi are inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame Class of 2019 during a ceremony on April 6, 2019, inside the Space Shuttle Atlantis attraction at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida.
Rocket Ranch Podcast Episode 9: Developing Technology
NASA has a reputation for creating history changing technology, and much of that technology is available to you right now. One of our secrets to success is that we aren’t developing all of this by ourselves. We’re leveraging industry and students to make innovative leaps.
Inside KSC! April 5, 2019
Kennedy Space Center Director Bob Cabana provided an update on the center’s accomplishments and future plans to community leaders and stakeholders in the Center for Space Education at nearby Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. And Kennedy Space Center employees and guests were on the move during the annual Tour de KSC cycling event as they bicycled around scenic routes at the center.
Explore Kennedy Space Center: Plant Research Lab
What will astronauts eat on extended trips into space? Dig in at the Plant Research Lab at Kennedy Space Center, our nation’s premier multi-user spaceport. Find out why NASA is experimenting with different ways to grow veggies in low gravity.
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Inside KSC! March 29, 2019
This week, NASA astronauts had the chance to train inside a prototype space habitat, and spaceport employees and their guests celebrated safety and health during the annual KSC Walk Run.
Inside KSC! March 22, 2019
This week in space news, NASA and Lockheed Martin conducted a guppy fit check to ensure NASA’s Orion crew module and the European Service Module fits inside the Super Guppy aircraft when it travels to NASA’s Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, Ohio. Also, U.S. Sen. Rick Scott visited the multi-user spaceport to attend a roundtable discussion with Center Director Bob Cabana and center partners. The meeting was held to discuss the needs at Kennedy and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
OSCAR Drop Test
Anne Meier, OSCAR team lead at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, and Evan Bell, a member of the OSCAR team, talk about the Orbital Syngas/Commodity Augmentation Reactor (OSCAR) project as it goes through a drop test, which is part of the process of qualifying a payload for space. OSCAR is a technology that could enable deep space exploration, by turning trash into usable supplies like methane. Learn more about OSCAR as Dr. Anne Meier talks about it on NASA's Kennedy Space Center Rocket Ranch podcast at https://www.nasa.gov/mediacast/episode-7-turning-space-trash-into-gas
Inside KSC! March 15, 2019
This week in space news, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and Kennedy Space Center Director Bob Cabana addressed NASA workers across the nation in a Moon to Mars event. The address followed President Trump's fiscal year 2020 budget proposal to the U.S. Congress. And SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft arrived in Port Canaveral aboard the company's recovery ship, Go Searcher, after the Demo-1 mission to the International Space Station.
Women Engineers: Carla Koch
NASA celebrates Women's History Month with Carla Koch, Landing and Recovery development project manager for the Exploration Ground Systems Program, who started working at Kennedy Space Center right out of college. Watch to learn more about Carla's background and her experiences working at Kennedy.
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine Addresses Moon to Mars Plans, Fiscal Year 2020 Budget
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine addresses the agency's workforce and members of the media at Kennedy Space Center's Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building, reviewing the agency's Moon to Mars plans and President Trump's Fiscal Year 2020 NASA budget. The budget represents a nearly six percent increase over last year's request and further supports the agency's Moon to Mars initiative.
Rocket Ranch Episode 8: Commercial Crew Program
The Commercial Crew Program kicked off 2019 with the launch of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon for the Demo-1 mission. On this episode of Rocket Ranch we catch up with several members of Commercial Crew to talk about the past, present and future of the program. We also explore their personal stories on their path to NASA and roles in helping to launch America into the future of human spaceflight.
Inside KSC! March 8, 2019
SpaceX launched its Crew Dragon atop the Falcon 9 rocket at 2:49 a.m. Eastern on Saturday, March 2, from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center. Crew Dragon’s destination – the International Space Station. The mission, called Demo-1, is the first flight test of a space system designed for humans built and operated by a commercial company for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.
Women Engineers: Courtney Stern
NASA celebrates Women's History Month with Courtney Stern, NASA lead operations engineer for Orion Landing and Recovery. Courtney has been working for NASA for almost 20 years and began her journey as a summer intern after graduating high school. Watch to learn more about Courtney's experiences in her career and her advice to others.
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Did You Know: Launch Pad 39B
Some key facts about Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39B, which has received several major upgrades.
Live Coverage of SpaceX Crew Dragon’s First Launch on Demo-1 Mission
NASA and SpaceX teamed up to bring comprehensive coverage on launch day events, preparation and the mission expectations for the uncrewed first launch of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon on a flight test to the International Space Station. Coverage occurred from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on the east coast of Florida and SpaceX’s headquarters in Hawthorne, CA. Launch occurred at 2:49 a.m. EST on Saturday, March 2 from historic Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center. To download, go to: https://images.nasa.gov/details-KSC-20190228-VP-MMS01-0001-SpaceX_Demo-1_NASA_Social-3212792.html
Did You Know: Mobile Launcher
Some fun facts about Kennedy Space Center's mobile launcher, which will help launch us to the Moon and Mars.
Did You Know: The Launch Control Center
Some fun facts about Kennedy Space Center's Launch Control Center, which dates back to the Apollo Program.