February 2013 Archives

NASA and SpaceX officials provide an update on preparations for the scheduled launch of the second Dragon cargo capsule to the International Space Station on Friday, Mar. 1, at 10:10 a.m. EST.

On February 27, 2013, the House Subcommittee on Space held a hearing to review a bill proposed by six Republican members of the House that would take away governance of NASA from the President and give it to a board appointed by the President and members of Congress.

On Monday, February 25, 2013 at 1:30 PM ET, SpaceX conducted a successful static fire test of the Falcon 9 rocket, in advance of a targeted March mission to the International Space Station.

NASA commercial partner Orbital Sciences of Dulles, Va., successfully conducted an engine test of its Antares rocket Friday at the nation's newest launch pad.

A prelaunch news conference featuring NASA and USGS scientists was held on Feb. 8 at the Vandenberg AFB in California, where the launch of the Landsat Data Continuity Mission(LDCM), is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 11.

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.

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released its report today on the Air Force's Launch Services New Entrant Certification Guide (NECG).

Arianespace and their partners Starsem launched six Globalstar satellites this morning at 10:50 a.m. EST on a Soyuz rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome.

Reuters is reporting that Boeing filed a lawsuit last Friday to recover $350 million from RSC Energia and its partners in Sea Launch for refusing to pay their share of loan guarantees after the joint-venture went bankrupt in 2009.

Welcome to the SpaceRef Business Monday Brief, a short business update on some noteworthy news items of the past few days.

Approximately 40 seconds after the launch from the Odyssey Sea Launch platform in the pacific, the Zenit-3SL rocket carrying the Intelsat 27 failed. The launch was at 1:57 a.m. EST. The reason for failure is unknown at this time and according to Intelsat, Sea Launch will convene a Failure Review Oversight Board to look into the mishap.