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Next Launch TMA-15M on a Soyuz-FG rocket from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
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23 Nov 14 21:01:14 GMT
24 Nov 14 3:01:14 ALMT
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BREAKING: Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Breaks Up, Crashes Over California Desert

From Cory Bergman (@corybe) on Twitter: “Photo of #SpaceShipTwo debris from @ABC23News’ helicopter.” Image Credit: @ABC23News and @corybe on Twitter

This morning, over the desert in Mojave, Calif., Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo, designed to ferry tourists to altitudes of 62 miles above Earth, broke up in flight shortly after firing its engines, resulting in a […]

Swanson to Hand ISS Command to Surayev, Ahead of Wednesday Return to Earth

The Expedition 40 crew. Clockwise from bottom center are Steve Swanson, Aleksandr Skvortsov, Alexander Gerst, Maksim Surayev, Reid Wiseman and Oleg Artemyev. Photo Credit: NASA

More than five months since their feet last touched terra firma, the Soyuz TMA-12M crew of U.S. astronaut Steve Swanson and Russian cosmonauts Aleksandr Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev are […]

ATK Awarded Contract, Will Provide Solar Arrays for 2016 InSight Mission to Mars

From NASA: “This artist’s concept depicts the stationary NASA Mars lander known by the acronym InSight at work studying the interior of Mars.” The lander will be powered by ATK’s UltraFlex solar arrays. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

On Tuesday, June 24, Alliant Techsystems (ATK) announced that it received a contract from Lockheed Martin Space Systems […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Iridium Revolutionizes Delivery of Space-Based Services With First Turnkey Hosted Payload Program, Iridium PRIME(SM)

Image Credit: Iridium Corp., Inc.

Iridium Communications Inc.  announces the first turnkey hosted payload solution, Iridium PRIMESM, to host third-party payloads on stand-alone satellites leveraging the global connectivity afforded by the Iridium NEXT satellite network. The Iridium PRIME program revolutionizes the hosted payload business model with an integrated service which reduces the complexity, delays […]

NASA Administrator Views Atmospheric Science Satellite, Meets Media in Arizona

Image credit: NASA/JPL

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will visit an Orbital Sciences Corp. facility in Gilbert, Ariz., on Friday, Aug. 9, to view progress on the Orbiting Carbon Observatory 2 (OCO-2) satellite.

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Antares Mission Flies Low-Cost Smartphone Satellites

As part of the qualification process, the PhoneSat systems were tested on high-altitude balloon flights. Photo Credit: NASA

When Orbital Sciences’ Antares rocket roared into orbit Sunday, most eyes were focused on the performance of the new vehicle on its maiden voyage or on the deployment of an inert mass simulator for the Cygnus cargo […]

Weather Forces Second Launch Scrub for Antares

With an unfortunate technical hitch having fouled the first launch attempt, Antares and the A-ONE mission were today thwarted by high winds. Photo Credit: Mark Usciak / AmericaSpace

Orbital Sciences’ new Antares booster must remained shackled to Earth for at least another 24 hours, having succumbed to its second launch delay in three days. […]