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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.
The launch was proceeding as expected. Across the board, the Orbital team manning their stations had green lights. The weather was almost perfect. There was a sense of anticipation after seeing the launch scrubbed the day before because a boat had wandered into the range. No one could have foreseen what would happen next.
Although there are no issues with the current Orbital Antares rocket or the Cygnus spacecraft, both of which are ready to launch, it is with abundant precaution that the mission to the International Space Station has been postponed until no earlier than July 1.
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.
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.
Orbital Science's commercial spacecraft Cygnus-1 left the International Space Station today, 17 February 2014, after spending around a month in space.
Orbital Sciences Corporation, one of the world's leading space technology companies, today announced that its Cygnus(TM) cargo logistics spacecraft successfully completed its rendezvous and approach maneuvers with the International Space Station (ISS).
Orbital has completed its third successful Antares launch in the past nine months.
An Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket is seen as it is rolled out to launch Pad-0A at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility, Sunday, January 5, 2014.
Today, at NASA's direction, Orbital Sciences Corporation has postponed the launch of our commercial cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station.
Today, Orbital Sciences Corporation continues to prepare for next week's launch at the Horizontal Integration Facility on Wallops Island, Virginia.
Orbital Sciences Corporation (ORB), one of the world's leading space technology companies, today confirmed that its Cygnus cargo logistics spacecraft reentered Earth's atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean east of New Zealand at approximately 2:15 p.m. (EDT).
During a news briefing Sunday, Sept. 29 on NASA television and the agency's website, managers from NASA and Orbital Sciences Corporation discussed the arrival at the ISS of Orbital's Cygnus spacecraft -- America's newest space faring resupply ship.
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.
During a news conference from Wallops Flight Facility NASA previewed the launch and mission of Orbital Sciences Corporation's Antares rocket and Cygnus spacecraft on a demonstration mission to the International Space Station.
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