Posts Tagged ‘Orbital’

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Orbital’s Cygnus successfully berthed on the ISS


Orbital’s Cygnus spacecraft made its second attempt to dock with the International Space Station (ISS) on Sunday morning, resulting in a successful capture and berthing by the Space…

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Green light for Cygnus to re-approach ISS for Sunday berthing


NASA managers have approved Orbital’s Cygnus spacecraft for a second attempt to rendezvous and berth with the International Space Station. Cygnus required one line of code to be…

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Cygnus delays ISS berthing following GPS discrepancy


Orbital’s Cygnus spacecraft was into the final leg of berthing with the International Space Station (ISS) on Sunday morning, prior to a discrepancy relating to the way the…

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As Cygnus heads to the ISS Orbital already eyeing the future


As Orbital Sciences Corporation’s first Cygnus spacecraft, the G. David Low, conducts a series of tests and rendezvous maneuvers that will bring it within reach of the International…

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Orbital’s Antares launches Cygnus on debut mission to ISS


Orbital Sciences Corporation have launched the first Cygnus spacecraft Wednesday, beginning a demonstration mission to the International Space Station which will verify that the vehicle is ready to…

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Antares rolled out ahead of ORB-D mission – 24 hour delay


Orbital’s Antares launch vehicle is deep into preparations for its second trip into space – delayed 24 hours to Wednesday – this time hosting the debut mission for…

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Orbital’s Minotaur V launches LADEE mission to the Moon


NASA’s latest mission to the Moon launched aboard an Orbital Sciences Minotaur rocket Friday night. Liftoff of the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer from the Wallops launch…

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Countdowns and Testing – Commercial Space steps up a gear


Several commercial space companies are in the midst of critical testing and launch preparations. While the increase in activity is aimed at successfully achieving differing mission objectives, the…

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NASA planners switch next SpaceX Dragon mission to 2014


Planners within the ISS program have manifested the next two Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) missions. Both Orbital’s CRS-1 (ORB-1) and SpaceX’s CRS-3 (SpX-3) missions were initially provided with…

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Orbital sign up ATK for solid partnership with Stratolaunch ALV


ATK are now officially on board with the Stratolaunch system, following a deal with the launch vehicle’s main partner, Orbital Sciences Corporation. ATK will provide the first and…

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Orbital’s Pegasus XL successfully lofts IRIS spacecraft


Orbital Sciences Corporation launched their Pegasus-XL rocket Thursday night, carrying NASA’s Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) satellite. The launch occurred at 19:27 PDT (02:27 UTC on Friday), followed…

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NASA told to slow down CRS payment schedule for Orbital’s cargo runs


NASA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) has issued a report that recommends the Agency should slow down its payments to Orbital for their Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) missions….

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Stratolaunch and Orbital – The Height of Air Launch


New details into the Stratolaunch system have revealed an exciting pairing of a huge carrier aircraft and a highly capable Orbital rocket nicknamed Pegasus II. The “Any Time,…

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Cygnus ISS debut provisionally moved to September


The debut mission for Orbital’s Cygnus spacecraft – known as ORB-D – is now tracking a provisional launch date of September 28. The slip relates to an engine…

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Antares conducts a flawless maiden launch


Orbital Sciences Corporation have – at the third launch attempt – launched their new Antares rocket’s maiden flight on Sunday. Following two scrubs over the past few days,…

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Orbital’s Antares: An eye on the present and the future


Orbital are still hoping to launch their Antares rocket on its debut trip into space this coming week, despite an issue during its Wet Dress Rehearsal (WDR). Elsewhere,…

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Stars align for Orbital’s Antares – A-One debut set for mid-April


Orbital’s Antares rocket is finally set to make its debut flight into space, following the approval of a launch window that opens on April 16. Dubbed the A-One…

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CASTOR 30XL prepares for static fire ahead of providing Antares boost


ATK’s CASTOR 30XL Upper Stage motor is deep into preparations for a static fire test, set to take place this spring at the Arnold Engineering Development Center in…

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Hot fire success for Orbital’s Antares


Orbital’s Antares vehicle has enjoyed a successful hot fire test on Friday. The success followed last week’s scrubbed attempt at at T-1.5 seconds – related to a low…

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Flight of the Antares – Orbital closing in on long-awaited debut


The Antares launch vehicle will soon make its debut flight, ahead of an important year for Orbital’s Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract requirements. The test flight of the…