Rick Glasby

Broadcast Journalist

Rick Glasby is a Broadcast Journalist at WFIT.  He reports on developments at the Kennedy Space Center, as well as volunteering during WFIT pledge drives.

Rick’s love of radio began at the campus radio station of a small engineering college in upstate New York.  Drafted for the Viet Nam war, he was fortunate to be sent in the opposite direction to host afternoon drive at “The Rock of East Africa” (an American Forces radio station in Asmara, Ethiopia).  He spent the following 10 years working in commercial radio in suburban New York, Fort Pierce, and Daytona Beach.

Rick transitioned to multimedia production (hey, the money was better than radio), and worked for companies in the Washington, DC area, creating interactive marketing and training programs for private sector and government clients.  Upon his return to Florida, he was thrilled to find listener-supported public radio WFIT (89.5 FM).  He had come home.

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NASA's Goddard Space Flight center

There’s been another slip in the schedule for NASA’s commercial crew program.  SpaceX and NASA are now targeting a March 2nd Falcon 9 launch from Kennedy Space Center. The two-week demonstration flight of SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule to the International Space Station, with no crew on board, had been planned for January and then February.  

NASA

The next rocket launch from Florida’s Space Coast is coming Tuesday morning.

SpaceX will be launching a GPS satellite for the Air Force on a brand-new Falcon 9 rocket. This is the first so-called “national security mission” for SpaceX. Previous launches have been conducted for NASA or non-military customers. Tuesday’s mission marks the culmination of years of political and legal maneuvering to break into the national security launch market. SpaceX bid over $82-million for the launch; 40% below what the Air Force had estimated the mission might cost.

Photo: Rick Glasby

SpaceX successfully launched a cargo ship to the International Space Station on December 5th.  Over 5,600 pounds of supplies, experiments, and equipment will arrive in a few days.

Shortly after launch, the first stage booster was headed for a landing on the tip of Cape Canaveral.  Cameras showed the booster rotating out of control.  SpaceX confirmed "an anomaly" in the fins that guide the rocket back to Earth.  An automatic system within the booster sensed the problem, and sent the booster toward a "water landing" in the Atlantic.

Credit: Rick Glasby

SpaceX successfully launched a communications satellite for the country of Qatar Thursday from Kennedy Space Center. The on-time launch was the first daytime launch from the Cape in 6 months. 

The payload was a communications satellite for the Middle East, Africa and Europe. A bonus for amateur radio operators in that area: A HAM transponder is part of the payload.  In keeping with SpaceX’s reusability plan, the first stage had been flown before.  And they landed it again on the Of Course I Still Love You barge, floating out in the Atlantic.

NASA Greenbelt

NASA's Parker Solar Probe is set for an early Saturday launch from Cape Canaveral.  Dr. Eugene Parker is in town for the launch, and gave his odds for a successfull mission:

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