Posts Tagged ‘CRS’

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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…

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SpaceX conducts Falcon 9 static fire ahead of CRS-8 mission


SpaceX has conducted a crucial static fire of their Falcon 9 rocket ahead of Dragon’s return to flight mission to the International Space Station. The company transported its…

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Cygnus completes ISS arrival as ULA investigate Atlas V launch


Orbital ATK’s Cygnus resupply ship has berthing at the International Space Station (ISS) on Saturday morning. Cygnus launched to orbit on its second ride on the United Launch Alliance Atlas…

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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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SpaceX prepares for next two missions via McGregor testing


SpaceX’s rocket stages are deep into their test and processing flows, ahead of two missions currently set to take place in April. Both missions are at opposite ends…

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Orbital ATK aims for summer debut of new Antares 230 variant


After over one and a half years worth of work, Orbital ATK is set to return their newly revamped and improved Antares rocket to flight, following the October…

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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 OA-6 mission to debut new science objectives for company


While Orbital ATK’s first Enhanced Cygnus spacecraft performs well at the International Space Station, the company is looking ahead to its next mission, the OA-6 resupply flight that,…

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SpaceX prepares for SES-9 mission and Dragon’s return


Two SpaceX missions have received preliminary planning dates for their upcoming launches out of Cape Canaveral. The Falcon 9 launch with the SES-9 satellite is now aiming for…

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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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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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Orbital ATK prepares for OA-6 Cygnus prior to Antares return


While the OA-4 Cygnus enjoys the berthed phase of her mission, Orbital ATK managers are already deep into parallel planning work with the Cygnus cargo resupply flight. The…

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Berthing Complete: OA-4 Cygnus arrives at the ISS


Orbital ATK’s “S.S. Deke Slayton II” Cygnus spacecraft has completed rendezvous and proximity operations with the International Space Station (ISS), allowing for capture and berthing following a two…

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Cygnus returns to space via Atlas V launch


Orbital ATK’ Cygnus resupply spacecraft finally returned to flight on Sunday following weather scrubs over numerous recent attempts. Riding United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V rocket uphill a year…

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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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SpaceX conducts additional Falcon 9 improvements ahead of busy schedule


SpaceX engineers are busily processing the Falcon 9 fleet for a salvo of missions that will mark the company’s return from the CRS-7 failure. The replacement of helium…

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Enhanced Cygnus to help Orbital ATK meet CRS contract by 2017


The first flight of Orbital ATK’s Enhanced Cygnus resupply craft for the International Space Station is set to launch in December atop an Atlas V rocket. Helping Orbital ATK return…

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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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Saving Spaceship Dragon – Software to provide contingency chute deploy


SpaceX CEO and Chief Designer Elon Musk has ordered the installation of contingency abort software into all future Dragon cargo spacecraft, providing them with an option to deploy…

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SpaceX Falcon 9 failure investigation focuses on COPV struts


SpaceX CEO and Chief Designer Elon Musk has updated the status of the investigation into the failure of the Falcon 9 rocket during its ill-fated CRS-7 Dragon mission….