PHOTOS: New Improved Cygnus Hoisted Atop ULA's Atlas-V for Dec. 3 Return to Space Station

On Friday, November 20, the Orbital ATK's Cygnus "Deke Slayton II" spacecraft for the OA-4 International Space Station cargo resupply mission was mated to its Atlas V rocket. Launch of the OA-4 mission is scheduled for December 3, 2015 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Space Launch Complex-41. Photo Credit: NASA / Dmitri Gerondidakis

On Friday, Nov. 20, the Orbital ATK’s Cygnus “Deke Slayton II” spacecraft for the OA-4 International Space Station cargo resupply mission was mated to its Atlas V rocket. Launch of the OA-4 mission is scheduled for Dec. 3, 2015, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Space Launch Complex-41. Photo Credit: NASA / Dmitri Gerondidakis

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Orbital ATK Showcases New 'Enhanced Cygnus', Ahead of 3 December OA-4 Launch

December's OA-4 mission marks the first flight of Orbital ATK's new "Enhanced Cygnus." Photo Credit: John Studwell / AmericaSpace

December’s OA-4 mission marks the first flight of Orbital ATK’s new “Enhanced Cygnus.” Photo Credit: John Studwell/AmericaSpace

Three weeks before its long-awaited return to flight, Orbital ATK today showed off its next Cygnus cargo spacecraft, which will deliver more than 7,000 pounds (3,100 kg) of supplies to the incumbent Expedition 45 crew of the […]

NASA Postpones Second Round of Space Station Supply Contract Awards, Drops Boeing

Unmanned version of the Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) Dream Chaser space plan proposal for NASA cargo resupply contract docks at the International Space Station. Image Credit: SNC

Unmanned version of the Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) Dream Chaser space plan proposal for NASA cargo resupply contract docks at the International Space Station; one of several spacecraft competing for a CRS-2 contract from NASA. Image Credit: SNC

Today NASA announced that they will be postponing the selection of two commercial cargo providers to be […]

NASA Concludes Antares Orb-3 Investigation as Cygnus Prepares for Return to Space Station on Atlas-V

Antares exploding just seconds after liftoff with the Orb-3 mission for NASA. Photo Credit: Elliot Severn

Antares exploding just seconds after liftoff with the Orb-3 mission for NASA. Photo Credit: Elliot Severn

One year after Orbital ATK’s Antares rocket suffered a launch failure that destroyed their third commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station, NASA’s Independent Review Team has published their official accident investigation report. Over the last year, […]

Cygnus Loaded With Nearly 4 Tons of Supplies for December Return to Space Station

Engineers this week completed connecting the Pressurized Cargo Module with the Service Module to form the Cygnus spacecraft that will ferry more than 7,000 pounds of supplies, equipment and experiments to the International Space Station for NASA in December. The OA-4 mission is scheduled to launch atop a ULA Atlas-V rocket from Cape Canaveral, Fla. NET Dec. 3, 2015. Photo Credit: NASA

Engineers this week completed connecting the Pressurized Cargo Module with the Service Module to form the Cygnus spacecraft that will ferry more than 7,000 pounds of supplies, equipment, and experiments to the International Space Station for NASA in December. The OA-4 mission is scheduled to launch atop a ULA Atlas-V rocket from Cape Canaveral, […]

Orbital ATK Delivers Cygnus Service Module to KSC for December Launch to Space Station

From Orbital ATK: "...We shipped the service module for our Cygnus spacecraft to NASA's Kennedy Space Center for our next ISS cargo resupply mission, scheduled to launch in early December. Today's OA-4 milestone marks a key step forward as we continue cargo delivery service to the ISS under the Commercial Resupply Services contract." Photo Credit: Orbital ATK

From Orbital ATK: ” … We shipped the service module for our Cygnus spacecraft to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center for our next ISS cargo resupply mission, scheduled to launch in early December. Today’s OA-4 milestone marks a key step forward as we continue cargo delivery service to the ISS under the Commercial Resupply Services […]

Space Station International Docking Adapter Undergoes Tests for Starliner and Crew Dragon

Engineers in the Space Station Processing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Florida, recently tested the mechanisms that will connect future commercial crew spacecraft with the second International Docking Adapter. IDA-2, as it’s called, will be taken to the space station on a future cargo resupply mission. It will be one of two connection points for commercial crew spacecraft visiting the orbiting laboratory. The systems and targets for IDA-2 are set to be put through extensive tests with both Boeing’s CST-100 and SpaceX’s Crew Dragon before the adapter is loaded for launch.
Caption and Credit: NASA/Charles Babir

Engineers in the Space Station Processing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Florida, recently tested the mechanisms that will connect future commercial crew spacecraft with the second International Docking Adapter. IDA-2, as it’s called, will be taken to the space station on a future cargo resupply mission. It will be one of two connection […]

Repairs Completed at Orbital ATK's Antares Launch Pad

Aerial view of Launch Pad 0A at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport, taken as repairs were completed.
Photo Credit: Patrick J. Hendrickson / Highcamera.com

Aerial view of Launch Pad 0A at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport, taken as repairs were completed.Photo Credit: Patrick J. Hendrickson / Highcamera.com

Less than a year after Orbital ATK’s Antares rocket suffered a catastrophic launch failure on Oct. 28, 2014, repairs to its damaged launch complex at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) have been […]

Enhanced Falcon 9 Booster Raises Excitement, Concern, As Return to Flight Date Nears

The performance enhancements which have enabled the Falcon 9 v1.2 (internally known as the Falcon 9 v1.1 Full Thrust) are expected to support larger payloads to orbit and will also permit the landing of the first-stage hardware on the Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship (ASDS). Photo Credit: SpaceX

The performance enhancements which have enabled the Falcon 9 v1.2 (internally known as the Falcon 9 v1.1 Full Thrust) are expected to support larger payloads to orbit and will also permit the landing of the first-stage hardware on the Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship (ASDS). Photo Credit: SpaceX

Three months after the catastrophic loss of […]

Orbital ATK Purchases Second Atlas-V From ULA, Prepares for Return to Space Station

The first two RDR-181 engines are installed on a modified Antares core stage. Photo Credit: NASA / Terry Zaperach

The first two RDR-181 engines are installed on a modified Antares core stage. Photo Credit: NASA / Terry Zaperach

While Orbital ATK remains on track to return their Antares rocket to flight early next year, the company announced it will purchase a second Atlas-V rocket from United Launch Alliance (ULA) to fly an additional […]