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Farewell, Cygnus: ORB-1 Departs Space Station After Month-Long Cargo Delivery Mission

Orbital Sciences’ ORB-1 Cygnus mission enters its final stages, following release by the International Space Station’s Canadarm2 on Tuesday, 18 February. Photo Credit: NASA

Orbital Sciences Corp. has entered the final stages of its ORB-1 mission—the first of eight dedicated Cygnus cargo delivery flights to the International Space Station (ISS)—following the successful unberthing and [...]

Orbital's Cygnus Cargo Ship Prepares for Tuesday Departure From Space Station

Grappled by Canadarm2, the ORB-1 Cygnus craft is readied for berthing at the nadir port of the Harmony node in 12 January. Tomorrow, it will be unberthed to begin the final stage of its mission. Photo Credit: NASA

After more than a month at the International Space Station (ISS), Orbital Sciences Corp. will bring [...]

Türksat 4A Reaches Geostationary Orbit After Flawless Proton-M Launch

Last night’s Proton-M launch with Türksat 4A was the 85th mission conducted by ILS and its first major passenger for Turkey. Photo Credit: ILS, with thanks to Mike Barrett

International Launch Services (ILS)—the joint U.S.-Russian company, headquartered in Reston, Va., which operates all commercial Proton-M rockets out of Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan—has successfully delivered its [...]

Proton-M Stands Ready at Baikonur for Friday Night Launch of Türksat 4A

The Proton-M and its Türksat 4A primary payload are pictured at the Mobile Service Tower, backdropped by the early glimmers of dawn at Baikonur Cosmodrome. Photo Credit: ILS

International Launch Services (ILS)—the joint U.S.-Russian company, headquartered in Reston, Va., which operates all commercial Proton-M rockets out of Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan—will stage its first mission [...]

Orbital's Cygnus Comes A'Calling With Sunday Arrival at Space Station

Firmly grasped by the Canadarm2 robotic arm, the ORB-1 Cygnus is prepared for berthing at the “nadir” (or Earth-facing) port of the Harmony node. Photo Credit: NASA via Leonidas Papadopoulos

Less than three days since it launched its Antares booster from Pad 0A at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) on Wallops Island, Va., [...]

Orbital's First Dedicated Cygnus Cargo Mission Roars Toward Space Station

Orbital Sciences’ first dedicated Cygnus mission gets underway at 1:07 p.m. EST Thursday, 9 January, with the launch of Antares from Pad 0A at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) on Wallops Island, Va. Photo Credit: Mike Killian Photography/AmericaSpace

Twenty-four hours later than planned, Orbital Sciences Corp. has successfully launched its first dedicated Cygnus cargo [...]

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 [...]

Successful Hot-Fire Test Clears SpaceX for 3 January Launch of Thaicom-6

The Falcon 9 v1.1 casts an unusual plume trail during its ascent on 3 December to deliver the SES-8 communications satellite into geostationary transfer orbit. Credit: John Studwell

Following a successful static test firing last weekend at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex (SLC)-40, SpaceX stands ready for its second commercial mission [...]

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 [...]

Proton-M Triumphantly Launches Inmarsat 5-F1 Satellite

Russia’s Proton-M booster lifts off into thick cloud on 8 December, carrying the Inmarsat 5-F1 satellite for the U.K.-headquartered International Maritime Satellite Organisation. Photo Credit: ILS/Spacevids.tv

Freezing, foggy conditions at Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan did nothing to prevent Russia’s venerable Proton-M booster from successfully rocketing aloft on its seventh mission of 2013, which intends [...]