Wait a minute, what’s that in the water?

A mock-up of the Orion crew exploration vehicle floats in the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean. NASA engineers are testing this 18,000-pound mock-up to learn what the crews will experience after Orion lands and the recovery teams begin their work. Three weeks ago, the mock-up was on display on the National Mall in Washington as it made its way from West Bethesda, Md., to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Image Credit: NASA
Click here for: STF31 – April 25, 2009

A big preview of ISDC in Orlando, we’ll take you on a visit to KSC to find two shuttles on the launch pads – and what’s that in the water? Plus Tim takes us behind the scenes for a very special day at KSC. Get ready to spend some time in the “no gravity zone” as the Space Task Force launches right now!

Click here for: STF31 – April 25, 2009

Book your trip to Space on Expedia!

Was your application to be a part of the Virgle expedition team rejected last year?  Don’t worry, now you can book flights to Mars and other exotic space destinations on Expedia!  Book now before they sell out of these amazing trips!

Book your trip to space on Expedia!

STF 30: A Piece of the Action

Click here for: STF30 – March 1, 2009

When it comes to space, states across America are looking to the future, ready for a piece of the action. We’ll take a look at Yuri’s Night, see why there’s extra space on board SpaceShipTwo and preview ISDC. Join us in the “No Gravity Zone” as we launch… right now.

Click here for: STF30 – March 1, 2009

Episode 29: Orbital Mechanics Meets Orbital Junk

Click here for: STF29 – Feb 20, 2009

Is there enough space in space? George and Tim take on the big issues in this episode from colliding satellites to how it could impact a mission to the Hubble Space Telescope. Plus – the debut of new music for Yuri’s Night – expanded dates for Yuri’s Night and ISDC 2009. Come on in, the “No Gravity Zone” is open for business.

Click here for: STF29 – Feb 20, 2009

STF Episode 28: Can you spare a billion?

Click here for: STF28 – Jan 28, 2009

Two cities, two space guys – and a lot of news. George and Tim use cutting edge technology to bring you the latest episode of the Space Task Force. And did you notice we’re traveling slightly ahead in time to bring it to you? How’s that for advanced?

Click here for: STF28 – Jan 28, 2009

New Year, New Beginnings

As we celebrate the inauguration of a new president in the United States, it’s the perfect time to launch a new edition of the Space Task Force. Join us for a conversation about Barack Obama and space, Space X, Virgin Galactic and all things space. You’re in the No Gravity Zone with George and Tim as the Space Task Force launches, right now!

Click here for: STF27 – Jan 27, 2009

New Year, New Beginnings

As we celebrate the inauguration of a new president in the United States, it’s the perfect time to launch a new edition of the Space Task Force. Join us for a conversation about Barack Obama and space, Space X, Virgin Galactic and all things space. 

You’re in the No Gravity Zone with George and Tim as the Space Task Force launches, right now!

Click here for: STF27 – Jan 27, 2009

What’s that sound?

Hmmmmm…. sounds like a countdown. Could it be the SpaceTaskForce is coming back?

Summer at Work and Conceptual Space

Space Task Force fans, Tim and I have been extremely busy this summer, each with a ton of projects. I’m getting ready to teach a class, and Tim is working on a variety of covert projects (hey Tim, usually I’m the one operating undercover).

You can check out my latest project over on www.sharktaskforce.com. Tim’s latest work over at www.skyfirelab.com. More of Tim’s work will be seen in just a few months in Orlando at ISDC 2009. Very exciting, ISDC 2009, it will be the 40th anniversary of the first landing on the moon.

40 years. Wow. Time to get started and go back. Space is not just a concept — it’s real. It’s also waiting for us.

In the coming months, the SpaceTaskForce will be back with all the exciting developments to date.

One quick note to my friends at SpaceX: You will get there – I know it in my gut. Thank you for blazing the trail.

Okay, don’t want to take up too much of your time — we’ll be back very soon.

George C. Schellenger
Columbia, August 2008

SpaceX Sets August 2 for Falcon 1 launch

SpaceX Sets August 2 for Falcon 1 launch
First Privately Developed Liquid Fuel Rocket to Orbit

HAWTHORNE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) has scheduled the launch of the Falcon 1 Flight 3 mission for Saturday, August 2nd. The launch window will open at 4:00 p.m. (PDT) / 7:00 p.m. (EDT) and remain open for five hours. If launch is delayed for any reason, SpaceX has range availability to resume countdown through August 5.

Lift-off of the vehicle will occur from SpaceX’s Falcon 1 launch site at the Kwajalein Atoll, about 2500 miles southwest of Hawaii. Falcon 1 launch facilities are situated on Omelek Island, part of the Reagan Test Site (RTS) at United States Army Kwajalein Atoll (USAKA) in the Central Pacific.

Designed from the ground up by SpaceX at headquarters in Hawthorne, Calif., Falcon 1 is a two-stage, liquid oxygen and rocket-grade kerosene powered launch vehicle. The first stage is powered by a single SpaceX Merlin 1C Regenerative engine – flying for the first time on this Flight 3 mission. A “hold before liftoff” system enhances reliability by permitting all systems to be verified as functioning nominally before launch is initiated. The Falcon 1 second stage is powered by a single SpaceX Kestrel engine.

Falcon 1 is the first new orbital rocket in more than a decade. Merlin is the first new American hydrocarbon engine for an orbital booster to be flown in more than 40 years and only the second new American engine of any kind in more than a quarter century. After achieving orbit, Falcon 1 will be the first privately developed, liquid fuel rocket to orbit the Earth.