Archive for September, 2013

Orbital Set for Launch to ISS

Orbital Set for Launch to ISS

Orbital Sciences Corporation Press Release: ORBITAL SET TO LAUNCH COTS DEMONSTRATION MISSION TO INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION TOMORROW — Upcoming Mission Represents Final Milestone in the Development of Antares Launch Vehicle and Cygnus Cargo Logistics Spacecraft — (Dulles, VA 17 September 2013) – Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB), one of the world’s leading space technology companies, […]

Epsilon Launch Successful

Epsilon Launch Successful

JAXA Press Release Launch Result of Epsilon-1 with SPRINT-A aboard September 14, 2013 (JST) Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency launched the first Epsilon Launch Vehicle (Epsilon-1) with the Spectroscopic Planet Observatory for Recognition of Interaction of Atmosphere (SPRINT-A) onboard at 2:00 p.m. on September 14 (Sat.), 2013 (Japan Standard Time, JST) […]

Japan’s Epsilon Poised for Second Attempt

Japan’s Epsilon Poised for Second Attempt

While most eyes are probably on California, and Sunday’s tentative maiden launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 V1.1, one of the more interesting weekends in recent aerospace history kicks off just after midnight tonight at 12:45 a.m. (1:45 p.m. Saturday Japan Standard Time) with Japan’s second attempt to launch its new Epsilon booster. JAXA, the […]

It’s Nominal! LADEE En route to the Moon

It’s Nominal! LADEE En route to the Moon

If you happened to be playing the Orbital Science’s drinking game, you might have lost track somewhere around 5th stage ignition, but after a flawless countdown and launch, the 844 lb. LADEE probe is on the way to the Moon. Taking off right on time, the Minotaur V continued Orbital’s very good year, boosting the […]

LADEE Poised for Liftoff Tonight

LADEE Poised for Liftoff Tonight

NASA’s LADEE,  Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer mission stands poised for liftoff aboard an Orbital Sciences Minotaur V launch vehicle from pad 0B at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at 11:27 p.m. EDT this evening. With the near midnight flight expected to be visible from much of the U.S. East Coast, it is likely to […]

SpaceX Launch Update

SpaceX Launch Update

The maiden launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 v.1, to be conducted out of Vandenberg AFB in California, has been pushed back  from September 10th to the 14th, and if a recent tweet from company founder Elon Musk is any indication, further delays are  possible, as the company attempts to cover every contingency for one […]

Zenit Return to Flight Via Land Launch Launch Kicks Off a September to Remember

Zenit Return to Flight Via Land Launch Launch Kicks Off a September to Remember

A busy, and unusually significant September launch schedule got underway Saturday at 4:05 p.m. EDT  with the liftoff of a Land Launch Zenit-3SLB booster from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.    Carrying the 9,500 lb. AMOS-4 communications satellite, Israel’s largest Comsat so far, to a GTO, the successful launch marked a return to flight for […]

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