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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…

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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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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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NASA lines up four additional CRS missions for Dragon and Cygnus


Updates to master planning schedules have revealed NASA’s intention to add four more Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) mission. The Flight Planning Integration Panel (FPIP) team have set placeholders…

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Antares lofts ORB-2 Cygnus on a path to the ISS


Orbital Sciences launched an Antares rocket with their third Cygnus spacecraft Sunday afternoon, beginning a commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station. The rocket launched at the…

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NASA to evaluate ISS resupply options through 2024


With the lifespan of the International Space Station (ISS) extended to at least 2024, NASA officials have begun evaluating options for the next phase of Commercial Resupply Services…

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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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Falcon 9 launches Dragon on CRS-1 mission to the ISS


SpaceX have launched the first mission of the Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) programme Sunday night, with the Dragon spacecraft beginning its third mission atop a Falcon 9 carrier…

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SpaceX launch Falcon 9 – Dragon’s ISS debut is on


SpaceX have launched their Falcon 9/Dragon duo – the latter of which is aiming to complete the spacecraft’s remaining COTS demonstration objectives, and culminate in a visit to…

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…

ATK’s new vehicle to provide multi-access options


ATK have officially unveiled their new vehicle, which is targeted at a near-term solution for their COTS partner PlanetSpace, as well as satellite and planetary markets. Unnamed, but…

Elon Musk Q and A – Updates SpaceX status on Falcon and Dragon


Elon Musk, CEO of Space Exploration Technologies – commonly known as SpaceX – has given NASASpaceflight.com an exclusive interview, in which he updates the status of their Falcon…

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…