Tag Archives: Orbital ATK

OA-5 berthed to ISS !

S.S. Alan Pointdexter, first Cygnus spacecraft launched on atop of Antares rocket after two years break, finally reached International Space Station. It was lucky flight for Orbital ATK - Cygnus returned for operating with its launch vehicle, Antares 230 rocket after two years of using Atlas V rocket. In spite of delay of the launch…
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ILS with first contract for medium version of Proton rocket

International Launch Services, American-Russian joint venture Company which offers Proton rockets launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome, announced on October 12, 2016, that they have signed first contract for their new launch vehicle. ILS announced officially, that have signed first contract for using their planned medium version of Proton-M rocket. This launch vehicle is at the moment…
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Obama’s wish list – first men on the Mars in 2030s

President of United States, Barack Obama, presented his vision of American space program in full of enthusiasm and personal memories letter published yesterday by CNN. In the end of his second presidential term President Obama apparently wanted to take his toll on American space program and highlight own merits. His letter published by CNN yesterday, two days before the White House Frontiers…
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Stratolauncher with Pegasus XL !

Orbital ATK signed agreement with Vulcan Aerospace and declared that it will provide number of Pegasus XL rockets to be used with Stratolauncher HTHL launch vehicle. It is positive end of long history of relations between both companies and sign, that Stratolauncher is reaching end of its development phase with Pegasus XL as second stage. Orbital ATK…
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Program of developing AR1 engine is reaching next milestone

Crucial for American space program development of new domestic manufactured rocket engine is still in progress. Aerojet Rocketdyne announces about next important step on the road to independence from RD-180 manufactured by Russian Energomash already in 2019. According to statement announced by Aerojet Rocketdyne, work under AR1 engine will soon enter in next phase. Company…
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China confirmed in-orbit refueling !

According to Chinese media (Xinhua news agency) one of satellites launched on atop of Long March 7 rocket on June 25, 2016, performed successful in-orbit refueling of other spacecraft. Xinhua announced about this success on June 30, 2016. One of the payload known as Tianyuan-1 (earlier known as ZGZ Shiyan Zhuagzhi) was demonstrator of technology of in-orbit refueling.…
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Reality and ambitions – Russian plans for future after ISS

TASS news agency announces about creating conception of establishing international cislunar space station under partnership, which was established to create International Space Station. Few days earlier RCC Energia was forced to confirm that new Russian ISS module is delayed and will be launched not earlier then on December 2017. International Space Station program is still active…
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DAWN officially finished its mission

After 9 years of space journey, DAWN space probe finished its primary mission successfully! Three days ago on June 30, DAWN probe finished its main mission. It sent to Earth 69000 images and 132 GB of data, among others with results of research performed on composition of surface of both celestial bodies. For example thanks to DAWN…
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Cleaning or sabotage – questions on additional payload of Long March 7

Not many details were unveiled on payload of recently launched by China Long March 7 rocket. During its maiden flight, rocket delivered to orbit satellites and experimental scaled model of capsule for next generation manned spacecraft. Now Chinese sources are slowly giving more information about payload. Rocket was launched on June 25, 2016, from Wenchang…
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