Orbital Sciences’ early decision to tap heritage hardware for its Cygnus cargo capsule is making integration with a replacement launcher a relatively straightforward and uncomplicated process, says the commercial program manager for United Launch Alliance (ULA), Orbital’s newly hired subcontractor.
ULA expects its first—and possibly only—Orbital Sciences Cygnus capsule to arrive in Florida late this summer for a launch targeted for the last quarter of the year. Orbital Sciences has an option for a second flight in 2016.
NASA's next round of awards to support development of commercial systems to fly crews to the International Space Station (ISS) will be fixed-priced contracts, not the more flexible Space Act agreements favored by industry, the agency announced as it released a draft solicitation for the program's Integrated Design Phase.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA’s next round of awards to support development of commercial systems to fly crews to the International Space Station (ISS) will be fixed-priced contracts, not the more flexible Space Act Agreements favored by industry.
Managers of the Commercial Crew Program office announced the move Sept. 16 at an industry briefing in advance of next week’s release of a draft request for proposals.
CAPE CANAVERAL – The Florida-based Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (Casis) has signed a $15 million-per-year, 10-year agreement with NASA to manage the U.S. portion of the International Space Station (ISS) not needed by the U.S. space agency, officials announced last week.
CAPE CANAVERAL — A test flight of the Launch Abort System (LAS) for NASA’s Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle will shift from U.S. Army White Sands Missile Range, N.M., to a Florida-operated pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
The flight, called Ascent Abort-2, is slated for late 2013 or early 2014. The successful Orion LAS Pad-Abort I test was conducted on May 6, 2010, at White Sands.
CAPE CANAVERAL — Faced with the choice of waiting for NASA and the U.S. Energy Department to develop a new type of nuclear radioisotope thermoelectric generator—typically used for deep-space missions — or design a survey of Jupiter with a solar-powered probe, program scientists opted for the latter, believing there was less risk to schedule and cost.
CAPE CANAVERAL — The first International Space Station crew in the post-shuttle era had an additional stop in its training flow — Space Exploration Technologies’ Hawthorne, Calif., facility for familiarization with the company’s Dragon cargo freighter.
CAPE CANAVERAL — NASA’s Juno, an innovative and ambitious mission intended to resolve some long-standing mysteries about the formation of Jupiter and the Solar System, headed to the launch pad in Florida July 25 in anticipation of launching Aug. 5.
With the space shuttle program ending and U.S. transportation to the International Space Station falling on private industry’s shoulders, Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) has hired away a chief legislative affairs executive from competitor Orbital Sciences Corp.
SpaceX and Orbital Sciences share $3.5 billion in NASA contracts to fly cargo to the space station. SpaceX, a privately held company founded by Internet entrepreneur Elon Musk, also won $75 million in NASA funding to help upgrade its Dragon cargo capsule for human transport.
NASA has selected a Space Florida-led team called the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (Casis) to manage commercial, industrial and other non-NASA uses of the International Space Station (ISS).
Partners in the project, which initially will be worth up to $15 million a year, include Boeing, Bionetics and Dynamic Corp. Space Florida is a state-backed economic development board focused on building and diversifying Florida’s aerospace businesses. Casis will be based at the Space Life Sciences Laboratory, adjacent to Kennedy Space Center.
Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX), a privately held company founded by Internet entrepreneur Elon Musk, has hired Mark Bitterman as senior VP of government affairs, a position he held at competitor Orbital Sciences Corp.
SpaceX holds NASA contracts to fly cargo to the space station and upgrade a Dragon cargo capsule for human transport. Bitterman says, "My focus at SpaceX will be to further strengthen the company's relationships with Congress during a time of great challenges for the nation's civil, commercial and military space programs."
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — Preparations for the launch of Atlantis and its four astronauts on the final flight in the space shuttle program proceeded smoothly on July 7, but the weather outlook for liftoff at 11:26 a.m. EDT July 8 remained dim.
Meteorologists with Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s 45th Space Wing downgraded their launch day forecast to a 70% chance of a scrub due to thunderstorms, clouds and rain.
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — With little fanfare, the Kennedy Space Center shuttle launch team gathered at 1 p.m. July 5 to begin the 135th and last countdown for a shuttle launch, aiming to get Atlantis and its four-member crew off the ground at 11:26 a.m. EDT on July 8.
“The team gets into the mode of ‘This is launch countdown,’ and that’s really the focus that everybody has,” says NASA test director Jeremy Graeber. “To do it one more time is a great feeling.”
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