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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
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Dream Chaser Successfully Completes Flight Profile Review, Passes CCiCap Milestone 4A

Artist’s rendering of Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser sharing the runway with Space Shuttle Atlantis—the final shuttle to fly. Image Credit: SNC

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) is quietly, but steadily, moving forward swiftly with the development of their reusable Dream Chaser spacecraft, and today SNC announced the successful completion a “flight-profile data review” milestone for Dream [...]

Opinion: Which Way Toward the Red Planet? Current Plans for Mars Colonisation and the Need for Maturity

Artistic rendering of Mars, made from images taken with NASA’s Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft. Private space companies have announced plans for the colonisation of the Red Planet within the next decade. How close are those plans to becoming a reality? Image Credit: Kees Veenenbos/MOLA Science Team/NASA

“Prediction is very difficult, especially if it’s about [...]

Ariane 5 Successfully Delivers Athena-Fidus and ABS-2 Satellites to Orbit

Technicians position the ABS-2 satellite atop the SYLDA, preparatory to installing the payload shroud. Photo Credit: Arianespace

Arianespace, the Paris-headquartered launch services organization, which operates the small Vega, medium Soyuz and giant Ariane 5 boosters out of the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana, has triumphantly kicked off an impressive salvo of launches [...]

Chasing the Dream of Suborbital Space Tourism: Virgin Galactic's SpaceShip Two Successfully Conducts Third Powered Test Flight

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShip Two—pictured here—recently conducted its third successful flight test in a row, reaching its highest altitude to date of 71,000 ft. Image Credit: Virgin Galactic

Virgin Galactic, the private space company that aims to become the first commercial spaceliner in the world, kicked 2014 into high gear with the third successful powered [...]

Orbital Ready to Launch First ISS Resupply Mission After 24-Hour Delay

This launch marks the third flight of the Antares vehicle, following its A-ONE test mission in April 2013 and the ORB-D demonstration mission to the International Space Station last September. Antares represents Orbital Sciences’ first home-grown liquid-fuelled launch vehicle. Photo Credit: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace

Three weeks later than originally planned, and after a [...]

SpaceX Rings In New Year With Successful Launch of Thaicom-6

The launch of Thaicom-6 atop a SpaceX Falcon-9 v1.1 rocket earlier this evening from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Photo Credit: AmericaSpace / John Studwell

The first U.S. space launch of 2014 is in the books with the successful delivery of the Thaicom-6 telecommunications satellite to orbit earlier this evening, courtesy of Space Exploration [...]

SpaceX Ready to Launch Thaicom-6 Satellite Tonight After Three-Day Delay

A SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket, ready to launch the Thaicom-6 satellite from Cape Canaveral, Fla., tonight at 5:06 p.m. EST. The flight will be the third for the company’s new v1.1 rocket. Photo Credit: AmericaSpace / John Studwell

With 2013 now but a memory, America’s space program is wasting no time kicking off [...]

Final Swansong: Orbital's First Cygnus Cargo Ship Completes Mission With Blazing Re-entry

The ORB-D mission, which represented Orbital Sciences’ inaugural flight of its Cygnus cargo ship, has ended with a destructive re-entry over the Pacific Ocean. Photo Credit: NASA

Orbital Sciences Corp. bade a fond farewell to its first Cygnus cargo ship yesterday, as the hugely successful Demonstration Mission—designated “ORB-D”—concluded with a fiery plunge into the [...]

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, [...]

Cygnus Arrival at Space Station Delayed Until Saturday

After a spectacular launch on Wednesday, 18 September, Orbital Sciences Corp. has met with delay in the rendezvous and berthing of its ORB-D Cygnus craft at the International Space Station. Photo Credit: Jason Rhian / AmericaSpace

Orbital Sciences Corp. today announced that its first Cygnus cargo ship must wait until Saturday, 28 September for [...]