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Orbital ATK eye VAB and MLP for potential EELV-class rocket


Orbital ATK and NASA have entered into an agreement to begin negotiations over the potential use of High Bay 2 inside the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB). The discussions,…

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BEAM installed on ISS following CRS-8 Dragon handover


The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) was finally installed on the International Space Station (ISS) on Saturday. The Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) was involved with the…

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Delta IV-H WDR as ULA lines up its immediate and long-term goals


United Launch Alliance (ULA) successfully conducted a Wet Dress Rehearsal (WDR) on Thursday for its Delta IV- Heavy tasked with the launch of the NROL-37 spacecraft. Meanwhile, the…

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55 years after Gagarin, ULA & Bigelow present commercial space stations


April 12, 1961: the USSR ushered in the era of human spaceflight with the launch of Yuri Gagarin on a single orbit flight of the Earth. Now 55…

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ULA and Bigelow announce partnership for first commercial space stations


United Launch Alliance (ULA) and Bigelow Aerospace have announced a partnership agreement to launch two of Bigelow’s inflatable B330 space habitats. The modules would be designed and built…

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ISS welcomes CRS-8 Dragon after flawless launch


For the first time in a year, the International Space Station has welcomed the arrival of a Dragon spacecraft from SpaceX following a flawless launch Friday afternoon from…

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SpaceX conducts Falcon 9 static fire ahead of CRS-8 mission


SpaceX has conducted a crucial static fire of their Falcon 9 rocket ahead of Dragon’s return to flight mission to the International Space Station. The company transported its…

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New Shepard hat trick for Blue Origin


Blue Origin conducted another test flight of its New Shepard rocket at the weekend, continuing a test program aimed at its suborbital space tourism goals. Marked by a…

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Moses looking to guide VSS Unity to her North Star


Virgin Galactic’s Senior Vice President of Operations, Mike Moses, spoke of the goal of installing a “North Star” safety culture into the VSS Unity, following her rollout ceremony on…

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OA-4 Cygnus ends ISS mission with high praise and success


Orbital ATK’s Cygnus spacecraft, the “Deke Slayton II”, has completed unberthing and separation operations from the International Space Station following a highly successful OA-4 Return To Flight mission….

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Orbital ATK OA-6 mission to debut new science objectives for company


While Orbital ATK’s first Enhanced Cygnus spacecraft performs well at the International Space Station, the company is looking ahead to its next mission, the OA-6 resupply flight that,…

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U.S. debates Atlas V RD-180 engine ban, ULA’s non-bid for military launch


The U.S. Congress is debating the reinstatement of a purchasing ban on Russian RD-180 engines – the heart of the Atlas V core stage.  Congress lifted that ban in…

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Blue Origin conduct successful reuse test with New Shepard


Blue Origin achieved another milestone on Friday, successfully flying – and landing – the New Shepard rocket in a reuse test. The rocket had previously flown – and…

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Orbital ATK ready for Antares’ second life


Orbital ATK managers have finalized their procedures related to the newly upgraded Antares launch vehicle in readiness for upcoming missions to help deliver their Cygnus spacecraft on resupply…

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NASA awards CRS2 contracts to SpaceX, Orbital ATK, and Sierra Nevada


NASA has announced the contract award winners for the Commercial Resupply Services 2 (CRS2) phase of the agency’s ongoing partnership with commercial companies for cargo resupply of the International…

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SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 conducts static fire test ahead of Jason-3 mission


SpaceX rolled out its Falcon 9 rocket for a static fire that was conducted on Monday at the company’s west coast launch facility at Vandenberg Air Force Base,…

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Atlas V and Starliner to conduct dry tests ahead of launch


Boeing and United Launch Alliance (ULA) are continuing preparations ahead of Atlas V launches with the Starliner spacecraft. Formerly known as the CST-100, the spacecraft is scheduled to…

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Orbital ATK prepares for OA-6 Cygnus prior to Antares return


While the OA-4 Cygnus enjoys the berthed phase of her mission, Orbital ATK managers are already deep into parallel planning work with the Cygnus cargo resupply flight. The…

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Year In Review, Part 4: SpaceX and Orbital ATK recover and succeed in 2015


For the two commercial companies contracted with NASA for cargo resupply of the International Space Station, 2015 could have been a year marked entirely by the risk that eventually…

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SpaceX Falcon 9 Static Fires ahead of OG2 RTF mission


SpaceX has conducted the key milestone of a Static Fire test at its Space Launch Complex – 40 (SLC-40) pad on Friday. The debut launch of the upgraded…