First Fatality for Commercial Human Spaceflight

Two days after a commercial cargo hauler exploded on its way to the International Space Station, another unrelated commercial spacecraft suffered a catastrophic failure, claiming the life of one test pilot and injuring another. Virgin Galactic’s first SpaceShipTwo vehicle, which was going through flight

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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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U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $1.2 Million to Support Innovation and the Development of a Space Industry Cluster in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding $1.2 million to the University of Texas at Brownsville. The EDA investment will help build a high-tech business incubation facility that will spur

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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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President Issues New Space Transportation Policy

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On November 21, President Obama signed an updated National Space Transportation Policy providing guidance to federal departments and agencies on the development and use of commercial and governmental space transportation systems. The goal of the policy is “assured access to

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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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