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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 [...]

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 [...]

In Honor of David: The Astronaut Who Inspired Orbital's First Cygnus Mission (Part 1)

Orbital Sciences will honor the memory and achievements of G. David Low with its second Antares launch and the culmation of the Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) contract with NASA. Photo Credit: Mark Usciak / AmericaSpace

Only days remain before the scheduled Sept. 17 launch of the first Cygnus cargo mission to the International [...]