NASA Awards Orbital Sciences Launch Services Contract for Hurricane-Forecasting CYGNSS Mission

The CYGNSS mission is comprised of eight Low-Earth Orbiting (LEO) spacecraft (S/C) that receive both direct (white lines) and reflected (blue lines) signals from GPS satellites. The direct signals pinpoint LEO S/C positions, while the reflected signals respond to ocean surface roughness, from which wind speed is retrieved. GPS bi-static scatterometry measures ocean […]

United Launch Alliance’s Delta II Tapped to Launch ICESat-2 by NASA

NASA has selected the United Launch Alliance Delta II to send its ICESat-2 spacecraft into polar orbit. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / awaltersphoto.com

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — The Launch Services Program at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, located in Florida, has selected United Launch Alliance’s (ULA) Delta II rocket to launch the agency’s Ice, […]

Orbital Successfully Hot Fires Antares Rocket, Tests New Pad at Wallops

NASA and Orbital Science Corporation conducted a successful “hot-fire” test of the Antares rocket’s AJ26 engines this evening from NASA’s Wallops Facility, located in Virginia. Photo Credit: NASA

Twenty-nine seconds might not seem like much, but for Orbital Science Corporation it was 29 seconds of pure victory. NASA and Orbital conducted a successful […]

Failure Summary Report on Glory Mission Released by NASA

NASA has released a summary of a report that delved into the cause behind the 2011 accident that doomed the Glory spacecraft. Image Credit: NASA

NASA has released its findings concerning the failure that occurred during the 2011 launch of the space agency’s Glory spacecraft on an Orbital Science Corporation’s Taurus XL rocket. […]

Orbital Aborts Test Fire of Antares Rocket

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Commercial space firm Orbital Sciences Corporation attempted a static test fire of the company’s Antares rocket’s first stage on Wednesday, March 13, but was forced to abort the test. The “hot fire” had been scheduled to take place the day prior, but was postponed. According to a statement appearing on […]