September 2013 Archives

XCOR Aerospace and United Launch Alliance announced significant progress today in the XCOR/ULA liquid hydrogen (LH2) engine development program.

This morning, Orbital and NASA together decided to postpone the approach, rendezvous, grapple and berthing operations of the Cygnus cargo logistics spacecraft with the International Space Station until after the upcoming Soyuz crew operations are complete. The Soyuz crew is due to arrive at the ISS very late on Wednesday, September 25. The earliest possible date for the next Cygnus approach and rendezvous with the ISS would be Saturday, September 28. An exact schedule will be determined following the successful completion of Soyuz operations.

NASA commercial space partner Orbital Sciences Corp. of Dulles, Va., launched its Cygnus cargo spacecraft aboard its Antares rocket at 10:58 a.m. EDT Wednesday from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad-0A at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying the Advanced Extremely High Frequency-3 (AEHF-3) satellite for the United States Air Force lifted off from Space Launch Complex-41 here at 4:10 a.m. EDT today. This was ULA's 9th launch of an ambitious 12 mission schedule for the year and marks the 40th Atlas V mission and the 75th launch for ULA.

SpaceX successfully conducted a hot fire test of their upgraded Falcon 9 yesterday afternoon but not without some anomalies according to a Tweet sent out by Elon Musk: "full thrust (was) achieved on 2 sec static fire."

According to Euroconsult's latest research report,"Satellite Communications & Broadcasting Markets Survey, Forecasts to 2022," the FSS sector is transitioning into a new environment with increased competition between satellite operators and greater uncertainty on demand usage and associated pricing conditions.

This video was taken during a recent text of the SpaceX Grasshooper when it demonstrated a 300 foot lateral maneuver - and scared some cows.

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013 news briefing at Johnson Space Center focused on the upcoming Antares rocket launch from Wallops -- and test flight to the International Space Station of Orbital's Cygnus cargo craft. Launch is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 17. The flight is part of NASA' Commercial Orbital Transportation Services Program to develop private and public partnerships for resupply of the ISS.