Mark Carreau

Mark Carreau
Space Contributor,
Aviation Week & Space Technology

Mark is based in Houston, where he has written on aerospace for more than 25 years. While at the Houston Chronicle, he was recognized by the Rotary National Award for Space Achievement Foundation in 2006 for his professional contributions to the public understanding of America's space program through news reporting. He has written on U. S. space policy as well as NASA's human and space science initiatives.
Mark was recognized by the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors and Headliners Foundation as well as the Chronicle in 2004 for news coverage of the shuttle Columbia tragedy and its aftermath.
He is a graduate of the University of Kansas and holds a Master's degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from Kansas State University.

Space Station Astronauts Deploy Brazilian CubeSat 
The small spacecraft was developed by graduate and undergraduate engineering students at the Technology Institute of Aeronautics near Sao Paulo.
NASA Invests In Mars Through Texas 
NASA’s proposed $18.5 billion budget for fiscal 2016 and its long-range vision of delivering human explorers to the Martian surface bodes especially well for the agency’s Johnson Space Center.
Report Details Risks Facing NASA’s Human Spaceflight Programs  3
An annual assessment of NASA’s human spaceflight programs points to safety risks resulting from a lack of transparency and a disconnect between program goals and funding.
Brookings Urges Revitalization Of Advanced Industries Sector 
The strategy includes a proposed doubling of annual federal research and development spending.
NASA Safety Panel Raises Concerns Over Commercial Crew, Orion Testing 
NASA’s Commercial Crew Program faces safety risks because of a lack of transparency, according to the latest annual assessment of the agency’s programs by the independent Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP).
Boeing, SpaceX Prepare For First Crew Flights To ISS 6
NASA and its commercial crew partners open up about their plans, now that the legal hurdles have been cleared.
Reconfigurations Will Prepare ISS for Commercial Crew Vehicles 
The effort to prepare the six-person orbiting lab for dockings by Boeing CST-100 and SpaceX crewed Dragon capsules will require an estimated seven spacewalks and hardware deliveries on most of the five commercial resupply missions remaining this year.
Kepler Astronomers Find Oldest Star System With Terrestrial-Sized Planets 
Observations made with NASA’s Kepler space telescope suggest that the formation of Earth-like planets around stars similar to the Sun has been under way since the earliest era of the universe.
NASA, Commercial Crew Partners Pledge Savings, Operations by 2017 
Commercial Crew Transportation Capability contracts awarded to the two companies in September – $4.2 billion to Boeing and $2.6 billion to SpaceX – will lead to an average per seat cost of $58 million versus the $76 million currently charged by Russia for three-seat Soyuz flights.
Planetary Society Outlines LightSail Test Plans 
The Planetary Society is preparing for the first test flight of its LightSail experiment in May, which is designed to assess the deployment mechanism for the four-part, 344-sq.-ft. Mylar sail from a three-unit CubeSat.
New Atmospheric Pollution Monitor Installed Outside ISS 
The Cloud-Aerosol Transport System (CATS) Earth observatory was successfully removed from the fifth SpaceX Dragon resupply capsule berthed to the International Space Station and installed outside the Japanese Kibo laboratory module early Jan. 22.
Obama Offers Best Wishes To NASA’s One-Year Astronaut 
President Barack Obama extended best wishes to NASA astronaut Scott Kelly during the president's State of the Union address, as Kelly prepares to launch to the International Space Station this spring for a U.S. record-setting one-year stay.
One-Year Space Station Mission Set To Begin In March 
Plans for the first one-year missions to the International Space Station by U.S. and Russian astronauts seem well-timed from the long view.
Space Station’s One-Year Crew Prepared For Remodeling, Research 
The International Space Station has an ambitious schedule of research and reconfiguration ahead as it soon becomes home to its first two crewmembers prepared to spend a year aboard the six-person orbiting science laboratory.
No Sign Of Ammonia Leak On Space Station After Alarm 
U.S. and European crewmembers aboard the International Space Station retreated to the six-person orbiting lab’s Russian segment early Jan. 14 in response to an alarm that signaled a possible internal leak of toxic ammonia coolant from the NASA-monitored thermal control system.
Mar 1, 2015

U. S. Spacewalkers Complete Space Station Docking Port Antenna Installations, Cable Extensions

"That was an amazing effort," said NASA spacewalker Terry Virts....More
Feb 27, 2015

NavWeek: Running With the Pac

The general feeling among many of China’s naval neighbors and in U.S. military circles is that China has been turning into a bit of a bully in (re)staking territorial claims in the seas off its coasts....More
Feb 27, 2015

A400M Faces Production Challenges in 2015

Initially, Airbus was supposed to deliver 22 aircraft to at least four customers this year....More
Feb 27, 2015

Pilot Report: Flying The Embraer 170 (2003)

Former Editor-in-Chief Dave North wrote pilot reports on more than 120 aircraft during his career at Aviation Week. His visits to Embraer began in 1978, long before the Brazilian company’s privatization and emergence as a powerhouse in regional jets. Here, he recalls his Embraer experiences, culminating in a test flight of the E170....More
Feb 26, 2015

France's Defense Procurement Agency Saved By Rafale Sale

French exports were up in 2014, but the year ahead brings uncertainty....More
Feb 25, 2015

Inside The Roc's Lair 15

A rare glimpse of the world's largest aircraft under assembly in Mojave, California...More
Feb 25, 2015

Pilot Report: Aviation Week Flies The Lockheed Martin U-2 (1999)

In 1999 Aviation Week's former Editor-in-Chief reached the highest altitude he had ever flown, in a U-2. Read his pilot report....More
Feb 24, 2015

Should the FAA Bar ODA Expansion? 2

Do you agree with the transportation unions that the FAA should prohibit expansion of the ODA program until oversight guarantees are proven?...More

More blogs

NEW: Sign up to Aviation Week eBulletin

Daily analysis on technology advances impacting the global aviation, aerospace & defense industries.

Sponsored Introduction Continue on to (or wait seconds) ×