All Systems GO for Twilight Return of Cygnus to Space Station on Atlas-V Thursday

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

More than a year since the catastrophic loss of its ORB-3 mission—which fell back onto Pad 0A at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) on Wallops Island, Va., following the failure and explosion of its […]

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 […]

Janice Voss Returns to Space as ORB-2 Cygnus Stands Ready for Sunday Launch to ISS

Impressive view of the Antares vehicle (left) and the ORB-2 Cygnus, encapsulated within its bulbous payload shroud, pictured in the Horizontal Integration Facility (HIF) at Wallops. Photo Credit: Ken Kremer

Six months since it last lofted a Cygnus cargo vessel toward the International Space Station (ISS), Orbital Sciences Corp. is primed to fly […]

Orbital's Cygnus Cargo Ship Prepares for Tuesday Departure From Space Station

Grappled by Canadarm2, the ORB-1 Cygnus craft is readied for berthing at the nadir port of the Harmony node in 12 January. Tomorrow, it will be unberthed to begin the final stage of its mission. Photo Credit: NASA

After more than a month at the International Space Station (ISS), Orbital Sciences Corp. will […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]