Archive for July, 2014

Orbital Launch to ISS Postponed to Sunday

Orbital Launch to ISS Postponed to Sunday

Image Credit: OSC The summer season of launch delays is still in full effect. From NASA: Orbital Sciences Corp. has postponed the launch of its Cygnus cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station until 12:52 p.m. EDT on Sunday, July 13, from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport’s Pad 0A at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. […]

Air Force Certifies Three SpaceX Launches

Air Force Certifies Three SpaceX Launches

Image Credit SpaceX Coming three days before a Monday, July 14 attempt to launch six small Orbcomm OG-2 satellites out of Cape Canaveral, SpaceX announced today that the Air Force has certified the Falcon 9 launch system “as having conducted three successful flights, a prerequisite for companies seeking to win business from the Air Force’s […]

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Mars One Issues RFP for Experiment Space on 2018 Lander

Mars One Issues RFP for Experiment Space on 2018 Lander

Mars One, the Dutch non-profit corporation which hopes to send colonists on a one-way journey to the Red Planet as soon as 2025 has issued a Request for Proposal for a payloads on its planned 2018 Mars lander. The lander would most likely be built by Lockheed Martin, and is based on the proven design […]

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Update: Orbital Prepares For Station Launch on Saturday

Update: Orbital Prepares For Station Launch on Saturday

Update: Thunderstorms on Wednesday prevented the roll-out of the Antares booster. As a result, the launch has been delayed to 1:14 pm EDT on Saturday, July 12. Image Credit: OSC Orbital Sciences Corporation is preparing for its next Commercial Resupply Services launch to the International Space Station. Liftoff of the Antares booster carrying the Cygnus […]

Russian Angara Lifts Off In Test of Post Soviet Era Rocket Technology

Russian Angara Lifts Off In Test of Post Soviet Era Rocket Technology

Russia’s long awaited Angara booster lifted off today on a suborbital test flight which carried with it the hopes of a revival in the Russian launch industry after years decades of reliance on Soviet era boosters.  The Angara 1.2PP or ML (Maiden Launch) Integrated Launch Vehicle (ILV) lifted off from the far northern Plesetsk cosmodrome […]

A Newly Discovered Planet in a Binary System Points Towards Other Earths

A Newly Discovered Planet in a Binary System Points Towards Other Earths

  Image credit: Cheongho Han, Chungbuk National University, Republic of Korea A planetary discovery by four international teams of astronomers and led by Andrew Gould of the Ohio State University is leading to yet another re-examination of the number of stars which could potentially host Earth-like planets, and the number just keeps going up. For […]

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SpaceX Lands Falcon Heavy Order with Inmarsat, Two More Possible

SpaceX Lands Falcon Heavy Order with Inmarsat, Two More Possible

Note: This marks a substantial order for SpaceX, and a strong vote of confidence by one of the blue blood players in the ComSat industry.  Thus far, and despite the ground breaking potential of the Falcon Heavy, commercial orders have been somewhat slow in coming.  If today’s order ultimately results in three Falcon Heavy missions, […]

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India Ascending

India Ascending

For the moment at least, India is standing atop the world launch industry. On June 30, India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C23) lifted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharti flying over the Bay of Bengal into a Sun Synchronous Orbit where it successfully placed its main payload, the 714 kg Spot-7 Earth […]

Posted in: India Space, Mars
NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO-2) Lifts off from Vandenberg

NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO-2) Lifts off from Vandenberg

NASA News Release: A United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket launches with the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2)satellite onboard from Space Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. on Wednesday, July 2, 2014. OCO-2 will measure the global distribution of carbon dioxide, the leading human-produced greenhouse gas driving changes in Earth’s climate. Image Credit: […]

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NASA Commercial Crew Update

NASA Commercial Crew Update

  NASA Press Release: This graphic depicts the goal of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP) heading into the Commercial Crew Transportation Capability contract known as CCtCap. This phase of the CCP will enable NASA to ensure a company’s crew transportation system is safe, reliable and cost-effective. The certification process will assess progress throughout the production […]

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