Unmanned Spacecraft

Dreaming big

By Amanda Miller

July 1, 2018

If all goes as Sierra Nevada Corp. hopes, you’ll soon be hearing a lot more about Dream Chaser, the spacecraft with a history of ups and downs. Amanda Miller toured the new Colorado facility where the first spaceflight version of Dream Chaser will be built.

Servicing revolution

By Henry Canaday

May 31, 2018

Thirty-five thousand kilometers is a long way up, and that’s the home of nearly 400 satellites that do anything from sending and receiving telephone, internet and television signals to spotting missile launches. Today, those satellites can’t be repaired, upgraded, refueled or rescued if their propulsion fails.

The dreamers

By Henry Canaday

April 30, 2018

A cadre of technologists and entrepreneurs think asteroids could be the linchpin for establishing an entire economy in space

Reaching Europa

By Tom Risen

March 30, 2018

The White House wants to steer the launch of NASA’s proposed Europa Clipper spacecraft to a commercial rocket

The case for WFIRST

By Amanda Miller

March 30, 2018

The Trump budget would cancel development of the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope

Storm warning

By Debra Werner

January 2, 2018

NOAA's newest weather satellites could extend forecasts to 7 days for hurricanes that threaten U.S.

Space Command adapts

By Tom Risen

September 28, 2017

MAJ. GEN. DAVID THOMPSON, SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE COMMANDER OF AIR FORCE SPACE COMMAND

Market disruptor

By Debra Werner

September 28, 2017

Space station experiment may reveal future for satellite solar arrays

Course corrector

By Adam Hadhazy

September 28, 2017

Managers of proposed mission hope to protect Earth from giant space rocks

Decision time for Trump

By Henry Canaday

May 17, 2017

2 leading aerospace journalists analyze the most important decisions facing President Donald Trump's administration

Strategizing about Mars

By Tom Risen

May 1, 2017

Scientists and policymakers talk about the best path ahead for human space exploration

Disaggregation

By Tom Risen

April 17, 2017

The concept of spreading technology across many small satellites has proved hard to sell