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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 [...]

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 [...]

As Minotaur-1 Completes 29-Satellite Mission, Dnepr Stands Ready to Break Record

Stunning view of the Minotaur-1 booster rocketing away from Pad 0B at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) with its record-setting payload of 29 satellites. Photo Credit: AmericaSpace / Dave Parrish Photography (www.daveparrishphoto.com)

Slightly later than intended, Orbital Sciences Corp. has successfully flown its 25th Minotaur vehicle, with a spectacular liftoff from Pad 0B at the [...]

Minotaur-1 Rocket Set to Launch Military Payloads and First High School Satellite

High-angle view of the Minotaur-1 vehicle for the ORS-3 mission during pre-launch checkout. Photo Credit: Ball Aerospace

Bookended by yesterday’s launch of NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission and the impending departure of India’s Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) from Earth orbit, both bound for the Red Planet, a quieter mission will actually set off [...]

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 [...]

Ahoy From LOI: NASA's LADEE Spacecraft Enters Lunar Orbit

One month after its launch, a series of “phasing loops” has gradually increased LADEE’s orbit until it was captured by lunar gravity. Today’s Lunar Orbit Insertion (LOI)-1 burn is the first step to achieving a stable orbit around the Moon. Image Credit: NASA / Ames

One month since its launch atop the first Minotaur [...]