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Next Launch ORB-3 on a Antares rocket from Wallops Island, VA
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27 Oct 14 22:44:00 GMT
27 Oct 14 18:44:00 EDT

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NASA Issues 'Stop Work' Order on Newly Issued ‘Space Taxi’ Contracts

The first launch under NASA’s commercial crew program was set for no-later-than the end of 2017 after recently announced awards to Boeing and SpaceX. Image Credit: NASA / Boeing / Sierra Nevada / AmericaSpace

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL — Construction of America’s next human spaceships carrying our astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) will [...]

Dream Chaser Development Continues Despite No ‘Space Taxi’ Contract and Sierra Nevada Corp. Layoffs

SNC’s Dream Chaser atop ULA Atlas V Rocket on Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. Credit: Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC)

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER — Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) will “continue developing the Dream Chaser” space plane despite losing out on this month’s high-stakes contract award for NASA’s commercial “space taxi” program [...]

ATK Offers Solid Alternative to Replace ULA's Controversial Atlas-V Liquid RD-180 Engine

The Russian RD-180 engines which currently power the core stage of ULA’s fleet of Atlas-V rockets. Photo Credit: NASA

Last August the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center issued a Booster Propulsion and Launch System Request for Information (or RFI) for development of a new engine to replace the controversial Russian-made RD-180 engines [...]

Sierra Nevada Legally Challenges NASA’s Commercial Crew Transportation Contract Award

Dream Chaser blazes to orbit and the ISS after separation from ULA Atlas V Rocket 2nd stage and liftoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. Credit: Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC)

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER — Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) declared Friday, Sept. 26, that the company has filed a “legal challenge” protesting NASA’s selection of [...]

Amazon.com Billionaire Bezos to Build Powerful New Rocket Engine for United Launch Alliance

Billionaire and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos unveils new model of the Blue Origin BE-4 liquid fueled rocket engine at a media briefing at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 17, 2014. Credit: United Launch Alliance

United Launch Alliance (ULA) announced it is partnering with the highly secretive Blue Origin aerospace [...]

ULA Atlas-V 'Threads the Needle' With End-of-Window CLIO Launch

The secretive CLIO missions taking flight atop a ULA Atlas-V 401 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Fla on Sept. 16, 2014. Photo Credit: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace

“Threading the needle” through exceptionally ugly weather, and coming close to a scrub and 24-hour turnaround, United Launch Alliance (ULA) has successfully delivered its 11th mission of 2014 [...]

Boeing and SpaceX Awarded Contracts to Fill Void Left by NASA's Retired Space Shuttles

The vehicles which will fill the void left by the retirement of NASA’s space shuttle fleet for low-Earth orbit and ISS crew transport, the Boeing CST-100 and Dragon V2 space capsules. Photo: Boeing / Robert Fisher / AmericaSpace

In 2010, with the retirement of NASA’s 30-year space shuttle program, the space agency began the [...]

Dream Chaser’s SUV-Like Flexibility and Runway Landing Offer Competitive Advantages: One-on-One Interview With SNC VP Mark Sirangelo (Part 5)

Astronaut crew exits commercial Dream Chaser after touchdown at Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF) or other commercial runways, on return from ISS mission in this artist’s concept. Credit: Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) Story updated

The winged Dream Chaser’s “SUV-like” flexibility to act as both a crew transporter and “specialized research laboratory,” combined with a global [...]

Boeing's CST-100 Completes CCiCap On Time and On Budget, Awaits NASA's Commercial Crew Award Decision

Boeing recently completed the final two milestones under the company’s CCiCap agreement with NASA, making Boeing the first, and only, company to have completed their CCiCap program on time and on budget. Image Credit: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace / Boeing

One of three commercial spacecraft currently being developed under a NASA-funded competition to replace [...]

Flight Plans and Crews for Commercial Dream Chaser’s First Flights: One-on-One Interview With SNC VP Mark Sirangelo (Part 3)

Dream Chaser blazes to orbit and the ISS after separation from ULA Atlas V Rocket 2nd stage and liftoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. Credit: Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC)

With the pace of assembly accelerating for the first private Dream Chaser space plane, plans for its maiden blastoff on an “orbital test [...]