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Next Launch ORB-3 on a Antares rocket from Wallops Island, VA
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21 Oct 14 2:29:00 GMT
20 Oct 14 22:29:00 EDT

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New Mission Concepts for SLS With Use of Large Upper Stage

Boeing recently released a proposal for a new upper stage for the SLS Block I configuration that would enable the launch of even heavier payloads to deep-space destinations. Image Credit: NASA

Boeing recently released a set of proposals for new missions beyond low-Earth orbit for NASA’s Space Launch System, or SLS, utilising a newly [...]

Deal Finalized to Use Former Shuttle Processing Facility for CST-100 Spacecraft Development

Artist’s concept of CST-100 high bay operations in the Commercial Crew and Cargo Processing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. Image Credit: Boeing

For more than three decades NASA’s space shuttle fleet was looked after in three separate Orbiter Processing Facilities, or OPFs, at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center launch site in Florida. Now, [...]

NASA Planning to Test Bigelow Aerospace’s Inflatable Module on ISS

In this illustration, one can see the BEAM module which NASA plans to send to the International Space Station in 2015 as part of SpaceX’s eighth cargo run to the orbiting laboratory. Image Credit: Bigelow Aerospace

On Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, NASA’s Deputy Administrator Lori Garver announced plans for the space agency to test [...]

NASA and Bigelow to Discuss New Space Station Module

Since 1998, Robert Bigelow’s aerospace company has sought to develop a new means of placing large habitable structures into orbit. Wednesday’s announcement is expected to advance those plans further. Image Credit: Bigelow Aerospace

After several years of research and development and intense speculation, NASA has awarded a $17.8 million contract to Bigelow Aerospace to [...]

ULA Clears Safety Hurdle for Commercial Crew Launch Capability

An Atlas V in its ‘401’ configuration – with a 4-metre-wide payload fairing, no strap-on solid rocket motors and a single-engine Centaur upper stage – launches the Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) GEO-1 in May 2011. The crew-rated variant of the Atlas V will most likely take the form of a ‘402’ configuration; identical to [...]

SpaceX Delivers: Dragon Spacecraft On Course For First Berthing to ISS - UPDATE

The Dragon spacecraft was grappled by the ISS crew at 9:56 a.m. EDT. Since that time it has been moved to the pre-install position awaiting berthing to the ISS. Photo Credit: NASA Television

Space Exploration Technologies’ (SpaceX) Dragon spacecraft was grappled by the International Space Station’s robotic arm at 9:56 a.m. EDT then berthed [...]

NewSpace Alliance: SpaceX Falcon 9 to Loft Crews To Bigelow Space Stations

SpaceX and Bigelow Aerospace have announced plans to market trips to Bigelow's orbiting habitats via SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft. Image Credit: Bigelow Aerospace

NewSpace companies Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) and Bigelow Aerospace announced today that the commercial space firms will begin offering rides to Bigelow’s commercial space stations once they are on orbit [...]