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Orbital to Maintain Schedule and Cygnus to Use Another Launcher

Orbital to Consolidate Cygnus Launch Manifest and Outsource at Least One Launch, SpaceRef Business “Moving quickly to inform its International Space Station (ISS) resupply contract partner NASA, Orbital Sciences Corporation today announced that not only would it complete its resupply contract by the end of 2016, it would consolidate its launch manifest and do it with four launches instead of five.” Orbital Announces Go-Forward Plan for NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services […]

  • NASA Watch
  • November 5, 2014
Cygnus Rendezvous Complete

Updated Cygnus Rendezvous Date, NASA TV Coverage for Orbital Sciences’ Demonstration Mission to International Space Station, NASA “NASA and its International Space Station partners have approved a Sunday, Sept. 29, target arrival of Orbital Sciences’ Cygnus spacecraft on its demonstration cargo resupply mission to the space station. NASA Television coverage of the rendezvous will begin at 4:30 a.m. EDT and will continue through the capture and installation of the Cygnus […]

  • NASA Watch
  • September 29, 2013
Crunch Time for Commercial Launch Providers

A critical time for commercial launch providers, The Space Review “For a time last week, it looked like we would be in the midst of an unusually concentrated period of critical launches. In the span of less than a week, four launches of new, nearly new, or returning to flight vehicles were on global launch manifests: the inaugural launch of Japan’s Epsilon small launch vehicle, the first launch of SpaceX’s […]

  • NASA Watch
  • September 16, 2013
ULA Troubles Continue

Orbital Sues ULA, Seeks RD-180 Engines, $515 Million in Damages, SpaceNews “Orbital Sciences Corp., which wants to buy Russian-made RD-180 engines for its medium-lift Antares rocket, is suing rocket maker United Launch Alliance (ULA) for blocking any such sale, according to court papers dated June 20. Orbital of Dulles, Va., claims Denver-based ULA has not only illegally prevented open-market sale of the RD-180, but also has monopolized the launch-services market […]

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  • June 24, 2013
Stratolaunch and Orbital Cozy Up

Stratolaunch firms up its relationship with Orbital for air-launch system, NBC News “Stratolaunch has solidified its partnership with Orbital Sciences Corp. to develop a new rocket capable of launching into orbit from what will be the world’s widest airplane. ‘We’ve been together now for nine months and working well as a team … so we’re really excited to see Orbital get started,’ Gary Wentz, Stratolaunch’s CEO and president, told NBC […]

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  • June 3, 2013
Orbital Antares Hot-Fire Set

Orbital Schedules Antares Engine Test for February 12th, SpaceRef Business “Orbital announced today that on Tuesday, February 12th they will perform a hot-fire test at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport’s Pad-0A for their new Antares rocket. The window for the engine test is 6-9 p.m. EST. NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility will provide launch range support.” Marc’s update: The hot-fire has moved to Wednesday though weather is moving in and could delay […]

  • NASA Watch
  • February 12, 2013
Orbital Celebrates 30 Years

Orbital Celebrates 30th Anniversary of Company’s Founding, Orbital “Orbital Sciences Corporation celebrated the company’s first three decades in the space business today as it completed 30 years of operations since the enterprise’s founding on April 2, 1982. At anniversary events at the company’s Dulles, Virginia headquarters and at other sites in Arizona, California, Maryland and Virginia, Orbital executives thanked employees and customers for making possible the company’s successes to date, […]

  • NASA Watch
  • April 2, 2012