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Next Launch CRS-4 on a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral AFB, FL
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21 Sep 14 5:52:00 GMT
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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 [...]

Upcoming SpaceX Dragon Missions Place ISS Science at Center Stage

With two dedicated Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) missions under its belt, SpaceX is set for several key flights in support of science during 2014. Photo Credit: NASA

More than two years since the last shuttle mission, the transition from construction to utilization of the International Space Station (ISS) has occurred and the orbital complex [...]

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 [...]

Farewell, Cygnus: Orbital's Baby Swan Departs Space Station

Based in design upon the Multi-Purpose Logistics Module (MPLM), carried aboard the shuttle for resupply purposes, Cygnus completed its first voyage in spectacular style. Photo Credit: NASA

Three weeks after its triumphant arrival at the International Space Station (ISS), Orbital Sciences Corp. and NASA bade farewell to the first Cygnus commercial resupply vehicle earlier [...]

Government Shutdown Not Expected to Stall Upcoming Space Station Activities

More than a year later than originally planned, and after many developmental headaches, Orbital Sciences Corp. achieved success in triumphant fashion with the arrival of the first Cygnus cargo ship at the International Space Station. The cargo ship is due to depart next week. Photo Credit: NASA

Despite the disruption caused by the ongoing [...]

A Beautiful Swan Came Calling: Orbital's Cygnus Cargo Ship Arrives at Space Station

More than a year later than originally planned, and after many developmental headaches, Orbital Sciences Corp. achieved success in triumphant fashion this morning with the arrival of the first Cygnus cargo ship at the International Space Station. Photo Credit: NASA

Eleven days since its launch from Pad 0A at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) [...]

CRS Program Update

Cygnus Cargo Spacecraft Photo Credit: AmericaSpace

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – Under the Under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract, Orbital Sciences[1][2] and SpaceX[3][4] are each to be paid $1.6 billion to deliver 20 metric tons, or 44,100 lbs, of cargo to the International Space Station (ISS). Under the terms of CRS, SpaceX will [...]

Soyuz TMA-10M and Next ISS Crew Ready for Wednesday Launch

Standing in front of the first stage engines of their Soyuz rocket on 20 September 2013, Soyuz TMA-10M crewmen (left to right) Mike Hopkins, Oleg Kotov and Sergei Ryazansky clasp hands in solidarity. Photo Credit: NASA

Three new crewmembers are slated to rocket toward the International Space Station (ISS) late Wednesday, boosting the outpost’s [...]

SpaceX Ready to Launch Uprated Falcon 9 v1.1 and CASSIOPE

With a five-flight history dominated thus far by Dragon and ISS cargo delivery, Sunday’s scheduled mission will demonstrate the attractiveness of SpaceX to the commercial space sector. Photo Credit: SpaceX

Like a row of pearls, SpaceX—the Hawthorne, Calif.-based launch services organization and seemingly “golden child” of NASA’s Commercial Crew integrated Capability (CCiCap) aspirations—plans to [...]

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 [...]