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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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Falcon 9 conducts second launch this week with SES-11 mission


SpaceX launched its third re-flown Falcon 9 rocket Wednesday, carrying the EchoStar-105/SES-11 communications satellite into geosynchronous transfer orbit for SES and EchoStar. Liftoff, from Launch Complex 39A at…

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On Atlantis’ anniversary, USA’s future space fleet closing in on maiden flights


The long-awaited return of American astronauts launching on US spacecraft, a capability last seen when Atlantis closed out the Shuttle Program in 2011, is set to return next…

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Orbital ATK highlights advancements to Cygnus for CRS-2 contract flights


With their OA7- mission underway and currently berthed at the International Space Station, Orbital ATK is pressing forward with plans for the series of CRS-1 extended contract missions…

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MAF hit by tornado; all personnel safe as damage assessments begin


NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF) has been hit by a tornado in the early afternoon hours of Tuesday.  The immediate extent of damage and injuries is not yet known,…

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NASA positive over synergistic approach for Dream Chaser goals


SNC’s Dream Chaser crew vehicle is preparing for another California adventure, highlighted by a second free flight, approach and landing test in December. Although she was rejected by…

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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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Dream Chaser prepares for next free flight, ISS resupply aims


Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has successfully concluded the first of its CRS2 contract milestones, as it pushes towards missions – via the cargo version of the Dream Chaser…

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Orbital ATK order nine additional Cygnus PCMs for ISS CRS missions


The role of the Cygnus spacecraft in resupply missions to the International Space Station (ISS) saw its long term future gain a boost on Monday, with a contract agreement…

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NASA and Roscosmos discuss ISS suicide plunge requirements


ISS partners – NASA and Roscosmos – have conducted a bilateral Technical Interchange Meeting (TIM) to refine procedures relating to the disposal of the Station at the end of its…

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Mars 2020 Rover builds momentum via contract awards


NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is making progress with the build up of Mars 2020 Rover, with contract awards for instrumentation and hardware. Following the recent announcement Space Systems Loral…

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OA-6 Cygnus launched to the ISS via Atlas V


Beginning its sixth flight Tuesday night, Orbital ATK’s Cygnus spacecraft lifted off atop an Atlas rocket to begin a two-month mission to the International Space Station. Liftoff of…

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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 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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Falcon 9 first stage trucks into the Cape ahead of OG-2 mission


SpaceX’s Return To Flight (RTF) milestone remains on track for December, as the Falcon 9 first stage – tasked with the launch of the ORBCOMM-2 mission – arrived…

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Dream Chaser still fighting for her place in space


Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Dream Chaser spaceplane is still holding on to the hope of flying missions for NASA despite losing out on the role of a Commercial Crew…

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Cygnus set for December Atlas V ride ahead of Antares return


Orbital ATK’s Cygnus spacecraft is set to return to International Space Station (ISS) resupply duties in December, hitching a ride on an Atlas V, prior to resuming operations…

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SpaceX working toward Falcon 9 diagnosis ahead of treatment


SpaceX is deep into an internal mishap investigation following the loss during First Stage flight of a Falcon 9 rocket with the CRS-7 Dragon. While the Second Stage is considered to be the main…

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NASA agrees to aid Dream Chaser development to CDR level


As was promised, NASA is not abandoning Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and its Dream Chaser vehicle, despite the spaceplane losing out on the lucrative Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) award…

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Commercial crew demo missions manifested for Dragon 2 and CST-100


Mission planners at NASA have installed four Commercial Crew demonstration missions into the International Space Station (ISS) manifest. Both SpaceX’s Dragon 2 (V2) and Boeing’s CST-100 will conduct…