Sailor in Space: Mount de Sales graduate completes rocket mission

Audrey Powers, vice president of Blue Origin mission and flight operations and a graduate of Mount de Sales Academy in Catonsville, holds a postcard she took into space during an Oct. 13 flight. (Courtesy Blue Origin) CATONSVILLE – When Audrey Powers went boldly into space Oct. 13 with the actor who played the original Captain … Read more

LOOK: SpaceX Super Heavy Moves to Orbital Launch Mount, Musk Calls it “Chop Stick”—Here’s How it Would be Caught

SpaceX Super Heavy has now moved to its “Orbital Launch Mount” and it is also known as the “Chop Stick.” The CEO and founder of the company referred to it like this because of the way it catches the spacecraft, as it also returns it to its booster mount in preparation for its next flight. … Read more

Engineers work to open Boeing Starliner’s valves as schedule pressures mount • The Register

Boeing’s Starliner CST 100 – aka the Calamity Capsule – continues to remain firmly wedded to Earth as engineers work to resolve a problem with valves in the spacecraft’s thruster systems. The valves, which connect to thrusters used for aborts and manoeuvring in orbit, didn’t open as designed during the 3 August launch attempt, resulting … Read more