Tag: Antares

SpaceX CRS-5 Flight to ISS Set for December 16

SpaceX CRS-5 Flight to ISS Set for December 16

The next SpaceX launch to the International Space Station has been shifted from a provisional No Earlier Than (NET) date of December 9th one week until December 16th, with backup dates on the 19th and 20th. Liftoff is scheduled at 2:31 pm EST. NASA is still in the process of shuffling its payload assignments in […]

Antares Accident Update: SpaceX Falcon 9, ULA Atlas V to the Rescue?

Antares Accident Update: SpaceX Falcon 9, ULA Atlas V to the Rescue?

Will Cygnus be on the Manifest?  Image Credit SpaceX One week after the loss of an Antares launch vehicle carrying a Cygnus cargo vessel bound for the International Space Station, Orbital Sciences Corporation held a conference call with investors to discuss what it has learned about the accident thus far, and its plans for going […]

Policy Implications of the Antares Failure

Policy Implications of the Antares Failure

Tuesday’s loss of the Orbital Sciences Antares booster carrying a Cygnus cargo vessel to the International Space Station, a failure of space hardware, is also bringing more attention to matters of space policy, where the news is both good and bad. To begin with, the explosion of the Antares rocket only six seconds into flight, […]

“A Mishap Has Occurred” OSC Antares Rocket Fails 6 Six Seconds Into Flight

“A Mishap Has Occurred” OSC Antares Rocket Fails 6 Six Seconds Into Flight

Orbital Sciences has suffered a major accident in the launch of the Orb-3 mission to the International Space Station. Six seconds into a launch which was delayed one day due to a boat straying into the safety zone, the Antares booster carrying a Cygnus resupply vessel appeared to lose thrust and come crashing back into […]

Antares Liftoff Scrubbed Due to Marine Traffic

Antares Liftoff Scrubbed Due to Marine Traffic

Waiting on a new day / Image credit Orbital Sciences It was a beautiful evening for a rocket launch. Unfortunately, it was also an equally beautiful evening to do a little boating. Ordinarily not a problem, but in this case the unidentified vessel in question was downrange of the Orbital Sciences Antares booster which was […]

SpaceX, OSC and a Window Into the Future

SpaceX, OSC and a Window Into the Future

Image Credit: SpaceX The timing of course, was ultimately a matter of co-incidence driven by weather and mechanical issues, but the back to back launches of the OSC Antares with a Cygnus re-supply ship, and the SpaceX Falcon 9 carrying the first Orbcomm OG-2 mission happen to highlight the stunning progress which has been wrought […]

Antares Lifts Off on Orbital-2 Flight to ISS

Antares Lifts Off on Orbital-2 Flight to ISS

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified the ship as named after Janet Voss. After two days of delays due to inclement weather during attempts to roll out to the pad, an Orbital Sciences Antares booster lifted off at 12:52 pm EDT today, carrying a Cygnus cargo ship named in honor of NASA astronaut […]

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. […]

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 […]

Orbital Sciences and ATK to Merge

Orbital Sciences and ATK to Merge

The company which likes to pride itself on being the original Newspace company, (and often refuses to refer to SpaceX by name) Orbital Sciences, announced today that it is engaging in a  “merger of equals” with Alliant Techsystems,  or ATK, the defense, munitions and space company which is perhaps best known as the major contractor […]

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