Bezos’ Blue Origin Conducts Maiden Test Flight of ‘New Shepard’ Space Vehicle

The New Shepard space vehicle blasts off on its first developmental test flight over Blue Origin’s West Texas Launch Site. The crew capsule reached apogee at 307,000 feet before beginning its descent back to Earth. Credit: Blue Origin

Blue Origin, the aerospace company privately owned and bankrolled by billionaire and Amazon.com founder Jeff […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]