"When you discover new things every minute and your mind is absorbing so many experiences, it feels like time expands."
— Samantha Cristoforetti, Flight Engineer for Expedition 42/43
What is Orbital Velocity?
Orbital Velocity is designed to be a "living time capsule" about the International Space Station. This website will chronicle humanity's ambitions to live in low-Earth orbit and beyond and how the ISS is playing a critical role making humans a multi-planetary species.
This project is an attempt to bridge an information gap between space agencies and companies, as well as a public that supports space endeavors with its tax dollars. Despite the importance of the space station, the general public doesn't always know what is happening aboard this amazing complex on a regular basis. Research being conducted isn't always readily available and what information is out there can sometimes be difficult to understand. Some people aren't even aware there is an active space program, let alone a space station.
Orbital Velocity aims to change that by building a database of information through news, interactives, small videos and longer documentary-like series'.
What is the International Space Station?
It is a collaboration between 15 countries across three continents. It is the most expensive and largest international scientific project in history. A lot of groundbreaking research is conducted onboard by crew members that occupy it 24/7. It is a destination in space that is helping to grow a commercial market in low earth orbit, and it is our stepping stone beyond low-Earth orbit.
Why isn't the station in the news more often?
Despite its importance, the general public doesn't always know what is happening on the space station on a regular basis. Information about onboard research is not readily available and what information is out there can be hard to understand. Some people aren't even aware there is an active space program, let alone a space station. Many in the mainstream media ignore, or even misreport on space station activities and events. Without knowing what is going on and why it is important, it can be easy for people to question the need for space exploration.
Who am I?
My name is Derek Richardson. I am a freelance writer and unabashed space geek! My passion for space ignited when I watched space shuttle Discovery leap to space on Oct. 29, 1998. Today, this fervor has accelerated toward orbit and shows no sign of slowing down.
I graduated Washburn University in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in mass media with an emphasis in contemporary journalism and a minor in history. I am also the managing editor for SpaceFlight Insider.
How can you help?
Explore the site and share with friends. Feel free to suggest topics. Additionally, if you are interested in helping to create, feel free to contact me below.
With dedication, Orbital Velocity can be the go-to place for information about the International Space Station as well as efforts to make humanity multi-planetary.