Launch Mishap for Commercial Resupply Mission

A major launch anomaly marred yesterday’s attempt to deliver the next batch of cargo to the International Space Station (ISS) under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) program. It was to be the third CRS delivery to ISS using Orbital’s Cygnus

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Commercial Crew Transportation Contracts Announced

Today, NASA announced its selection of Boeing and SpaceX to transport U.S. crews to and from the International Space Station using their CST-100 and Crew Dragon spacecraft, respectively. Under contracts worth a combined total of $6.6 billion, each company will

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Second ISS Delivery Service Enters Operations

On January 12, 2014, the astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) successfully captured the first Cygnus capsule launched as an operational, fixed-price cargo delivery service. Orbital, which developed the Cygnus spacecraft and its Antares launcher, is one of two

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New Commercial Capsule Reaches International Space Station

On September 29, 2013, the first Cygnus spacecraft berthed with the International Space Station (ISS), becoming the second new cargo delivery system to be demonstrated under NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program. It hauled about 1,300 pounds of supplies

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Second Commercial Cargo Launcher Demonstrated

On April 21, 2013, U.S. space company Orbital conducted the first test flight of its Antares rocket with a simulated cargo capsule on top. Orbital is the second of two U.S. firms to successfully demonstrate a new commercial launch vehicle

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Space Station Delivery Service Enters Operational Phase

Today, another SpaceX Dragon capsule delivered more cargo to the International Space Station. It was the first such delivery under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) program, bringing the Dragon out of demonstration mode and into operational status. Learn more at

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First Commercial Resupply Mission Reaches International Space Station

Today, the Dragon space capsule developed and launched by SpaceX — a U.S. commercial space firm — successfully delivered approximately 1,000 pounds of cargo from NASA to the International Space Station. It was a historic first for the commercial space

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Historic First Flight of Private Space Capsule

On December 8, the U.S. firm Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) became the first company in history to achieve the successful launch and re-entry of a private space capsule. SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft launched from Florida at

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Commercial ISS Resupply Contracts Awarded

Today, NASA announced contract awards to Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) and Orbital Sciences Corporation for International Space Station (ISS) Cargo Resupply Services (CRS), establishing the two companies as commercial cargo haulers to the ISS. Under the CRS contracts, the companies

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