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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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SpaceX Cleared for March 30 Launch Attempt on Third NASA ISS Resupply Mission

The CRS-3 mission will be SpaceX’s first flight of a Dragon spacecraft in over a year. Photo Credit: SpaceX

Today, NASA and Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) confirmed March 30 as the next available opportunity to launch the company’s Dragon spacecraft on its next flight to resupply the International Space Station, the third of at [...]

SpaceX Delays Sunday Launch of Dragon Cargo Mission Atop 'Legged' Falcon 9

The CRS-3 mission will be SpaceX’s first flight of a Dragon spacecraft for a full year. Photo Credit: SpaceX

Following last week’s successful hot-fire test of the nine first-stage engines of its Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket, SpaceX—the Hawthorne, Calif.-based launch services organization, headed by entrepreneur Elon Musk—has announced that it will delay the launch [...]

Antares Rising: Stunning Launch Pad Footage Showcases Violent ORB-1 Launch

Antares thunders off pad 0A at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility to deliver Cygnus to the ISS, the first flight for Orbital Sciences Corporation to deliver fresh supplies to the ISS under a $1.9 billion NASA contract. Photo Credit: AmericaSpace / Mike Killian

Orbital Sciences Corporation successfully launched their Cygnus spacecraft to the International Space [...]

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 [...]

ORB-1 Cygnus Launch Scrubbed Following X-Class Solar Flare

Glorious, early-morning view of Antares on Pad 0A at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) on Wallops Island, Va. Photo Credit: Dave Parrish Photography/AmericaSpace

Orbital Sciences Corp. will wait a little longer to launch its first dedicated Cygnus cargo mission to the International Space Station (ISS), following yesterday’s massive solar flare. Originally scheduled for liftoff [...]

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 [...]