April 2014 Archives

Boeing today unveiled a new commercial interior of its Crew Space Transportation (CST-100) next-generation manned space capsule, showing how people other than NASA astronauts may one day travel to space.

The House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies marks up its fiscal year 2015 Appropriations bill on April 30, 2014.

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) announces the successful completion of the ORBCOMM Generation 2 (OG2) Pre-Ship Review and shipment of six satellites from the company's Space Systems' location in Louisville, Colorado.

As part of yesterday's merger between Orbital Sciences Corporation and ATK the requisite Securities and Exchange Commission Form 8-K needed to be filed.

On Tuesday, April 29 at 10:35 pm local time in French Guiana, Arianespace successfully launched the third Vega launcher from the Guiana Space Center (CSG), orbiting the KazEOSat-1 (DZZ-HR) satellite for the government of Kazakhstan within the scope of a turnkey contract with Airbus Defence and Space.

The following is the introduction of the complaint filed by SpaceX with the U.S. Court of Federal Claims with respect to the recent EELV contract awarded to United Launch Alliance (ULA). The full complaint is also available for download.

It is being billed as a merger of equals to create a new company called Orbital ATK. At first glance it appears to be a reaction to the current state of the market with consolidation and future growth needing a larger more competitive entity.

Late Monday United Launch Alliance (ULA) issued a statement in response to the legal action SpaceX said it would pursue with respect to the recent Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) launch contract awarded to ULA.

In a news conference held at the National Press Club in Washington SpaceX CEO Elon Musk started off by outlining the recent success of the soft landing of the Falcon 9 first stage off the coast of Florida. He then dropped a bombshell aimed straight at the heart of Washington with news that he was going to protest and sue over the recent sole sourced Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) contract won by United Launch Alliance (ULA).

Airbus Defence and Space, the world's second largest space company, is preparing for the launch of KazEOSat-1 (formerly known as DZZ-HR), which is due to lift off on 28 April 2014 into low Sun-synchronous orbit (about 700 km from Earth) on-board a Vega launcher from the European spaceport in Kourou (French Guiana).

Nearly six months after announcing that SpaceX would be testing Raptor engine components at NASA's Stennis Space Center, a ribbon cutting ceremony this past Monday officially unveiled the newly refurbished E-2 test stand.

The International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight (ISPCS) has just released another video from the 2013 symposium on the panel: Environments that Foster Innovation.

The crowdfunded KickSat project which raised over $74,000, more than double its intended goal, has received several radio signals from the KickSat CubeSat launcher after its release from the SpaceX Dragon during its launch last Friday.

On Sunday, April 20, 2014, the Expedition 39 crew aboard the International Space Station welcomed nearly two-and-a-half tons of supplies and scientific payloads to the station with the arrival of the third SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo spacecraft.

Nearly 2.5 tons of NASA science investigations and cargo are on the way to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft.

Video of Falcon 9 Resuable (F9R) taking its first test flight at our rocket development facility.

NASA's Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program is seeking proposals for technologies that could be used on future exploration missions. The new proposals will build on the most promising ideas developed in the program's first phase.

Airbus Defence and Space has launched a new 3D Digital Elevation Model product line, WorldDEM™, which consist of WorldDEM core and WorldDEM™. Another product in the line, WorldDEM DTM, will be coming soon. All three products are being marketed as "the first truly global 3D Digital Elevation Model of the Earth's entire land surface."

This close-up shows a titanium ball manufactured by 3D printing. ESA is investigating the potential of this promising new technology to transform the way space missions are put together.

Today's SpaceX launch was scrubbed at 3:39 pm ET due to a helium leak on the Falcon 9 first stage. Should SpaceX resolve the issue the next launch attempt will be Friday, April 18th at 3:25 pm EDT.

Airbus Defence and Space has successfully completed the final integration and testing of MEASAT-3b. The satellite left the Airbus Defence and Space facilities in Toulouse, France, and has been transported by air to Kourou, French Guiana.

NASA held status and science briefings today at noon ET Sunday, April 13 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida to discuss the launch of the SpaceX-3.

A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) lifted off from Space Launch Complex-41 on April 10 at 1:45 p.m. EDT. Designated NROL-67, the mission is in support of national defense.

In a joint news conference held today at the Rice University Space Institute, Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and the Houston Airport System (HAS) announced plans to explore potential applications and multiple economic development opportunities presented by the combination of a Houston-based space port and SNC's Dream Chaser(R) - a spacecraft that can land at the space port directly from low-Earth orbit.

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rolled out to Space Launch Complex-41 today with the National Reconnaissance Office (NROL-67) classified satellite. Launch is set for tomorrow at 1:45 p.m. EDT.

Testing of the Orion spacecraft's avionics system has concluded at the Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] Operations & Checkout facility at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

A subscale solid rocket motor tested in a flight-like vertical orientation fired with 50,000 pounds of thrust and ignited new insights into solid rocket performance.

The Air Force's Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP-19) satellite was successfully launched this morning by a United Launch Alliance Atlas V. DMSP-19 joins six other operational Defense Meteorological Satellite's.

UrtheCast Corp. is extremely pleased to announce its first release of Earth imagery, captured by UrtheCast's medium-resolution camera (MRC) onboard the International Space Station.

A team at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, collaborating with counterparts at the Goddard Space Flight Center, recently demonstrated groundbreaking technology that could add years of service to Earth orbiting satellites.

Everything is progressing for the Air Force's DMSP-19 launch. The mission is set to liftoff on a ULA Atlas V rocket on Thursday, April 3 from Space Launch Complex 3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 7:46 a.m. PDT. The forecast shows a 90 percent chance of favourable weather conditions for launch.

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