Orbital ATK Showcases New 'Enhanced Cygnus', Ahead of 3 December OA-4 Launch

December’s OA-4 mission marks the first flight of Orbital ATK’s new “Enhanced Cygnus.” Photo Credit: John Studwell/AmericaSpace

Three weeks before its long-awaited return to flight, Orbital ATK today showed off its next Cygnus cargo spacecraft, which will deliver more than 7,000 pounds (3,100 kg) of supplies to the incumbent Expedition 45 crew of the […]

NASA Concludes Antares Orb-3 Investigation as Cygnus Prepares for Return to Space Station on Atlas-V

Antares exploding just seconds after liftoff with the Orb-3 mission for NASA. Photo Credit: Elliot Severn

One year after Orbital ATK’s Antares rocket suffered a launch failure that destroyed their third commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station, NASA’s Independent Review Team has published their official accident investigation report. Over the last year, […]

Orbital ATK Delivers Cygnus Service Module to KSC for December Launch to Space Station

From Orbital ATK: ” … We shipped the service module for our Cygnus spacecraft to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center for our next ISS cargo resupply mission, scheduled to launch in early December. Today’s OA-4 milestone marks a key step forward as we continue cargo delivery service to the ISS under the Commercial Resupply Services […]

Orbital ATK Purchases Second Atlas-V From ULA, Prepares for Return to Space Station

The first two RDR-181 engines are installed on a modified Antares core stage. Photo Credit: NASA / Terry Zaperach

While Orbital ATK remains on track to return their Antares rocket to flight early next year, the company announced it will purchase a second Atlas-V rocket from United Launch Alliance (ULA) to fly an additional […]

All-Civilian Soyuz TMA-17M Crew Ready for Wednesday Launch to Space Station (Part 1)

Soyuz TMA-17M Commander Oleg Kononenko (center) will be embarking on his third long-duration voyage to the International Space Station (ISS). By contrast, Flight Engineer-1 Kimiya Yui (right) and Flight Engineer-2 Kjell Lindgren are making their first flights. Photo Credit: NASA

Clad in dark civilian suits, three soon-to-be spacefarers descended the aircraft steps at Baikonur […]

Preparations Underway at Wallops for Orbital ATK Antares Return to Flight

An aerial view of Launch Pad 0A at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport shows construction progress as of June 29, 2015.Photo Credit: Elliot Severn / AmericaSpace

Seven months after an Antares rocket carrying the doomed Orb-3 mission plummeted onto its launch pad, reconstruction efforts are in full swing in preparation for the rocket’s return to […]

Hardware Movement and Reconfiguration to Highlight Space Station Operations in 2015 (Part 2)

Eighteen astronauts and cosmonauts from six sovereign nations will occupy the International Space Station (ISS) during 2015, delivered by means of Russia’s proven Soyuz spacecraft. Photo Credit: NASA

As many people on Planet Earth struggled with ferocious hangovers on the morning of 1 January 2015, the incumbent Expedition 42 crew of the International Space […]

Hardware Movement and Reconfiguration to Highlight Space Station Operations in 2015 (Part 1)

2015 promises to be a dramatic year for the ISS. Four Soyuz spacecraft will launch toward the space station, delivering new crew members from Russia, the United States, Japan, Denmark, and the United Kingdom. Photo Credit: NASA

The 15th year of continuous occupation of the International Space Station (ISS) promises to be a dramatic […]

Orbital Contracts Russian RD-181 Engines to Launch Future Antares Flights

Orbital will employ Russian RD-181 engines to replace the failed AJ-26 engines which led to the total loss of the company’s Orb-3 ISS resupply mission for NASA in Oct. 2014. Photo Credit: Orbital Sciences Corporation

When an Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket exploded seconds after liftoff on the company’s third contracted NASA resupply flight […]

Orbital Sciences Contracts ULA's Atlas-V for Cygnus CRS Flights Until Upgraded Antares is Ready

United Launch Alliance (ULA) will employ their proven Atlas-V 401 rocket to fly at least one, and possibly two, Cygnus ISS resupply flights for Orbital Sciences Corporation in late 2015 / early 2016. In the meantime, Orbital is moving forward quickly to develop a new propulsion system for their Antares rocket, with those flights […]