Tag: Atlas V

SNC To Resume Testing Dream Chaser in 2016

SNC To Resume Testing Dream Chaser in 2016

Last week, we reported that Lockheed Martin has apparently been quietly eliminated from NASA’s CRS-2 resupply contract competition, speculating that it could be a development which opened the crack a little wider for Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Dream Chaser space plane. The following press release from SNC does nothing to dispel that line of thought. Sierra […]

Aerojet Not Giving Up on Bid For ULA Just Yet

Aerojet Not Giving Up on Bid For ULA Just Yet

Reflecting what appears to be a state of increasing desperation, Aerojet Rocketdyne is not giving up on its bid for United Launch Alliance just yet. Reuters reports that after having seen its $2 billion offer rejected in a 2 sentence e-mail, Aerojet has hired outside consultants who may suggest upping the offer, or in the […]

Aerojet’s Really Bad Week

Aerojet’s Really Bad Week

Two weeks ago, for a moment it looked as if Aerojet Rocketdyne stood a fair shot at walking away with United Launch Alliance for something close to its $2 billion dollar unsolicited offer. Had the deal gone through, Aerojet would have presumably been in a much stronger position to secure government funding for its AR-1 […]

Aerojet-Rocketdyne Offers $2 Billion for ULA

Aerojet-Rocketdyne Offers $2 Billion for ULA

According to Reuters, Aerojet-Rocketdyne Holdings Inc. has made an offer to purchase United Launch Alliance from parent companies Boeing and Lockheed Martin for approximately $2 billion in a deal which could achieve preliminary agreement as early as next week. The deal would mark a major shakeup and yet another consolidation in the traditional, or “OldSpace” […]

Orbital Orders Another Atlas for CRS, NASA Delays CRS-2 Awards (again)

Orbital Orders Another Atlas for CRS, NASA Delays CRS-2 Awards (again)

The twin failures of both the Orbital Sciences Antares and SpaceX Falcon launch vehicles have made for a challenging 10 months for NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) program, a period further complicated by the loss of a Russian Progress cargo ship between the two U.S. accidents. At the same time, the program’s core philosophy of […]

A Dark Day for NASA, SpaceX, as Falcon 9 Fails on CRS-7 Mission

A Dark Day for NASA, SpaceX, as Falcon 9 Fails on CRS-7 Mission

Correction: A Russian Progress is scheduled to launch to ISS on July 3rd Original story: Many had hoped it would prove to be a day that changed space history forever. Instead, it offered a major launch failure for SpaceX and its Falcon 9 booster, and the sudden realization for NASA that it now faces a┬ásignificant […]

Posted in: NASA, SpaceX
SpaceX Receives Certification For National Security Launches (Finally)

SpaceX Receives Certification For National Security Launches (Finally)

The Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) launches aboard SpaceX Falcon 9 After nine years, two lawsuits and 18 successful Falcon 9 launches, SpaceX has received certification to compete for national security launches. Here is the press release from the Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, El Segundo, Calif. (AFNS) […]

Posted in: EELV, SpaceX
With NASA Certification, SpaceX Falcon 9 Means More Science, Less Costs

With NASA Certification, SpaceX Falcon 9 Means More Science, Less Costs

While SpaceX’s long running efforts to achieve certification for launching national security payloads under the EELV program have received a great deal of press attention, a similar, but far less contentions process has been underway at NASA. On Friday afternoon came the word that the SpaceX Falcon 9 V1.1 has finally been certified to launch […]

Posted in: NASA, SpaceX, Uncategorized
SpaceX V. ULA Battle Moves to the Senate

SpaceX V. ULA Battle Moves to the Senate

At Issue: The RD-180 According to a Reuters story the running battle between SpaceX and United Launch Alliance over military launches and Russian hardware took a new turn yesterday when Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R, Arizona) flatly rejected a request by defense officials to allow a broader interpretation of restrictions on the […]

Meet ULA’s Vulcan Rocket

Meet ULA’s Vulcan Rocket

Vulcan Booster / Image Credit United Launch Alliance United Launch Alliance formally introduced its new booster on Monday. Intended to replace both the Atlas and Delta product lines over time, the new rocket’s name is Vulcan., although ULA also refers to the booster as the Next Generation Launch System. The name was chosen in an […]

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