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Cygnus unberthed with last task-Saffire experiment already started !

Cygnus OA-6 "Rick Husband" was unberthed yesterday from International Space Station and started its last task-Saffire experiment covering research on fire in low gravity conditions. Unberthing finished lasting three month space journey of Orbital ATK Cygnus, which was part of the OA-6 resupply mission performed under CRS contract. Mission started from launching Cygnus on atop…
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Antares static test fire maybe next week !

Orbital ATK is still continuing development of their in house designed launch vehicle - Antares rocket; Company is considering July 2016 as most possible date for first launch since disaster in 2014. Antares failed launch which took place on 28 October 2014 in Wallops Flight Facility did not stopped participation of Orbital ATK in Commercial Resupply Service…
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Falcon static fire complete, BEAM packed and ready to flight

SpaceX is preparing their third mission in 2016 - CRS-contracted flight to International Space Station. Good news from SpaceX - everything is going according to plan before launch planned for Friday, 8th April 2016 on 20:43 GMT. Static fire test was performed today by SpaceX specialists at night in Cape Canaveral. Rocket was placed on launch…
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ESA plans for Moon colony

Could it be possible that next important step on the way for establishing constant presence men in space will be made by European Space Agency on Moon ? Recently we have increasing difference between visions of space exploration between present partners - ESA, NASA, Roscosmos, JAXA and CSA. JAXA and CSA are still interesting in…
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Cygnus ready for OA-6 !

Today Orbital ATK Cygnus SS "Rick Husband" automatic spacecraft will be launched on atop of Atlas rocket (401 configuration) to International Space Station. CRS mission OA-6 - deliver supplies for six crew members. Start of the Atlas rocket is planned for 03:05 GMT with 30 minutes launch window, 23rd March 2016. Start will be performed from Cape Canaveral…
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Antares already in first half of 2016

Good news from Orbital ATK - their Antares rocket should be ready for OA-5 mission of Cygnus cargo spacecraft scheduled for 31st May 2016. Antares rocket remains official competitor of Falcon-9 in commercial resupply missions under CRS agreement between NASA, Orbital ATK and SpaceX. After last failed launch, performed on 28 October 2014 from Wallops Flight Facility, in…
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Run of misfortune – Boeing dropped from ISS cargo contract competition

On 5th November 2016 NASA announced that Boeing will be no longer considered as an option in competition for ISS cargo missions. Boeing space industry division, Defense, Space & Security, is out of luck for a long time. Since losing contract with NRO for FIA in 2005, lost contract for next generation GPS satellites and failed…
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