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Orbital Stands Ready for Mid-Week Launch of ORB-1 Cargo Mission

Beautiful view of Antares sitting primed and ready on Pad 0A at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) on Wallops Island, Va., ahead of Wednesday’s opening launch attempt. Photo Credit: Mike Killian Photography/AmericaSpace

Three weeks later than originally planned, Orbital Sciences Corp.—one of NASA’s two Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) partners, tasked with transporting cargo and [...]

Antares Rolls Out to Launch Pad, Tracking Thursday Night ORB-1 Liftoff, as NASA Mulls Options for Spacewalks

Antares stands vertical on Pad 0A at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) on Tuesday, 17 December, after a successful rollout. Photo Credit: NASA

Despite ongoing engineering analysis with regard to the ammonia coolant loop malfunction aboard the International Space Station (ISS), Orbital Sciences Corp. continues to make steady progress toward its first dedicated Cygnus [...]

Orbital Sciences Proceeding Toward Dec. 19 ISS Launch, Pending NASA Approval

Orbital’s Cygnus spacecraft (right) ready to be mated to its Antares rocket (left) which will launch it on a mission to deliver cargo to the International Space Station no earlier than Dec. 19. Photo Credit: Orbital Sciences Corporation

Orbital Sciences Corporation is proceeding with operations to prepare their Cygnus spacecraft to launch on its first [...]

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 [...]

Photo Feature: Double (No) Trouble—ULA Atlas V With AEHF-3 and Orbital's Antares With Cygnus 1

AmericaSpace broke its core photography team into two elements this past week to report on two launches taking place in a single day. Photo Credit: Alan Walters & John Studwell / AmericaSpace

Virginia Is for (Rocket) Lovers:

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va — Concerns about high-upper level winds and cloud ceilings failed to materialize this past [...]

Smooth Sailing, Cygnus: Orbital's New Cargo Ship Rockets to Space on First ISS Supply Mission

Orbital Sciences Corporation launched the first of the company’s Cygnus spacecraft bound for the International Space Station today, Sept. 18, at 10:58 a.m. EDT from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / AmericaSpace

Less than two weeks after Pad 0B reverberated to the roar of the first Minotaur V rocket, [...]

One Day, Two Launches: East Coast Launch Facilities Set to Roar Tomorrow

As it currently stands, two launches will take place off the U.S. East Coast on Sept. 18. Photo Credit: Mike Howard & Jason Rhian / AmericaSpace

WALLOPS FLIGHT FACILITY, Va — From two different locations, NASA, in partnership with Orbital Sciences Corporation, along with United Launch Alliance ULA) and the U.S. Air Force, are preparing [...]

Orbital Sciences Primed for First Cygnus Cargo Mission to Space Station

Artist’s concept of the Cygnus cargo craft—newly named in honor of the late G. David Low—during rendezvous operations with the International Space Station. Image Credit: Orbital Sciences Corporation

After many delays, Orbital Sciences Corp. stands ready to stage the long-awaited Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) Demonstration Mission—designated “ORB-D”—of its Cygnus cargo craft to the International [...]

In Honor of David: The Astronaut Who Inspired Orbital’s First Cygnus Mission (Part 2)

The Cygnus 1 spacecraft is seen here being integrated onto the Antares launch vehicle. Cygnus 1 has been renamed in honor of the late David G. Low. Photo Credit: NASA / Orbital

Only days remain before the scheduled 18 September launch of the first Cygnus cargo mission to the International Space Station by Orbital [...]

Launch of Antares With Orbital's Cygnus 1 Spacecraft Delayed

Photo Credit: Orbital Sciences Corporation / NASA

After a launch readiness review, mission planners with Orbital Sciences Corporation have opted to delay the first flight of the company’s Cygnus 1 cargo vessel, perched atop their Antares rocket, for no earlier than Sept. 18. The launch window extends from 10:50 to 11:05 a.m. (EDT). This [...]