Posts Tagged ‘Orbital’

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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…

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Ariane 5 ECA launches Skynet 5D and Mexsat 3/Bicentenario


Arianespace launched their final Ariane 5 launch of the year by successfully lofting two satellites into orbit – Skynet 5D and Mexsat 3/Bicentenario – from the European Spaceport…

ILS Proton-M returns to flight by lofting Orbital’s Intelsat 23 uphill


International Launch Services (ILS) have launched their Proton-M rocket in a daylight launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Launch was on schedule at 8:37 am GMT, with…

Orbital’s Antares closing in on debut launch following pad arrival


Antares, the launch vehicle tasked with lofting the Cygnus spacecraft on missions to the International Space Station (ISS), finally arrived at its Wallops launch pad on Monday. The…

Ariane 5 ECA successfully launches Intelsat 20 and Hylas 2


Arianespace have launched their Ariane 5 ECA on a mission to loft two satellites into orbit – Intelsat 20 and Hylas 2 – from the European Spaceport in…

Commercial space flight shows reignited interest in the Air Launch system


Virgin Galactic unveiled their new air launch system – called LauncherOne – this week, classing it as a “revolution” in space access for small satellites. However, the concept…

SpaceX joy at Merlin 1D test – Orbital fire up their AJ-26 engine


Two loud rumbles in the south of the United States marked two milestones for the country’s drive┬áto regain its space flight independence, as SpaceX and Orbital both fired…

Orbital’s Pegasus successfully launches NASA’s NuSTAR spacecraft


Orbital Sciences Corporation have launched NASA’s NuSTAR spacecraft Thursday. The spacecraft was deployed by a Pegasus-XL carrier rocket dropped from an aircraft flying from the Bucholz Army Airfield…