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NASA managers aligning to combine final Dragon COTS test missions


NASA HQ appear to be closing in on a decision to combine the second and third of three planned Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) demonstration flights (C2 and…

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SpaceX launches Falcon 9 – Debut Dragon completes COTS demo


The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft launched on its maiden flight Wednesday, beginning a series of demonstration missions as part of NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) programme. The mission,…

Orbital beat a dozen competitors to win NASA COTS contract


The re-award of NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) contract – called after RpK’s failure to reach designated milestones – has been won by Orbital Sciences Corporation, due…

Space Systems/Loral COTS 2 proposal Q&A


Gert van Ommering, Director of Technology at Space Systems/Loral – and leader of the company’s activities regarding COTS 2 – has conducted a Q&A with NASASpaceFlight.com. SS/L and…

RpK protest NASA’s COTS decision


Rocketplane Kistler (RpK) has written a letter to NASA’s Scott Horowitz, asking him to reconsider the decision to issue the company with a 30 day notice of termination…

ULA answer NASA’s RFI on COTS-2 with list of recommendations


The United Launch Alliance (ULA) has sent a list of recommendations in response to the NASA Request For Information (RFI) pertaining to Commercial Space Transportation Services (CSTS), while…

Rocketplane Kistler press on despite COTS notice


Rocketplane Kistler (RpK) was officially notified by NASA on Friday that they had failed to complete two COTS milestones. Sources from both NASA and RpK have confirmed that…

NASA/COTS contracts – two winners


NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services or COTS contracts have been awared to SpaceX and RP Kistler. The six finalists, Andrews Space, Rocketplane Kistler, Space Dev, Space Exploration Technologies…

Lockheed/MAF bank on COTS outcome


Lockheed Martin and the Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF) are hoping they will benefit from the awarding of contracts from NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services or COTS, with the…

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SpaceX Falcon 9 launches CRS-12 Dragon mission to the ISS


SpaceX conducted its first flight from the US Eastern Range following July’s scheduled maintenance stand down on Monday, with its Falcon 9 resuming operations to deliver a Dragon…

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Falcon 9 launches with CRS-11 Dragon on 100th 39A launch


SpaceX launched its first re-used Dragon spacecraft aboard a Falcon 9 on Saturday, beginning the CRS-11 resupply mission to the International Space Station. The first attempt was scrubbed…

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Atlas V conducts OA-7 Cygnus launch to the ISS


United Launch Alliance and Orbital ATK launched the OA-7 Cygnus mission to the International Space Station (ISS) on Tuesday. Flying atop an Atlas V rocket, Cygnus departed the…

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SpaceX conducts historic Falcon 9 re-flight with SES-10 – Lands booster again


SpaceX took a step into the future Thursday as it reused – for the first time – a recovered first stage of a previously-flown Falcon 9 rocket. Thursday’s…

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Antares 230 successfully returns with launch of OA-5 Cygnus


Orbital ATK’s Antares rocket returned to flight in a new configuration on Monday, two years after its previous mission ended in an explosion seconds after liftoff. Monday’s launch…

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CRS-9 Dragon completes journey to the Space Station


After just over two days of orbital rendezvous activities, SpaceX’s Dragon capsule has completed rendezvous and proximity operations with the International Space Station (ISS) ahead of being grappled…

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SpaceX Falcon 9 lofts CRS-9 Dragon launch and achieves LZ-1 landing


SpaceX has launched its Falcon 9 rocket early on Monday, carrying the CRS-9 Dragon spacecraft bound for the International Space Station (ISS) with a cargo of supplies for…

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SpaceX Falcon 9 launches Thaicom 8 and nails another ASDS landing


SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket made its twenty-fifth flight – and its second of the month – on Friday, deploying Thailand’s Thaicom 8 communications satellite. Liftoff from Cape Canaveral…

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CRS-8 Dragon completes ISS mission, splashes down in Pacific


After 31 days of docked operations at the International Space Station (ISS), SpaceX’s CRS-8 Dragon spacecraft completed the final aspect of its mission as astronauts aboard the Station unberthed…

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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 return Dragon to space as Falcon 9 nails ASDS landing


SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft returned to flight Friday with the CRS-8 resupply mission to the International Space Station: a mission which also carries a prototype inflatable module for the…