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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NASA Industrial Base Study Results

The Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security released its report on the “National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Human Space Flight Industrial Base in the Post-Space Shuttle/Constellation Environment.” The report’s representative survey sample consists of 536 suppliers affiliated with

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NASA Announces New Hosted Payload Mission

NASA has selected a proposal from the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, Mass., to build the first space-based instrument to monitor major air pollutants across the North American continent hourly during daytime. The instrument, to be completed in 2017 at

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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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NASA Awards Hosted Payload Contract for Laser Communications Demo

In April 2012, NASA announced a $3 million contract with Space Systems/Loral to initiate the process of hosting the Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD) payload aboard a Loral commercial satellite. The agreement marks the first time NASA has contracted to

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New NASA Flight Demos Include Two Hosted Payload Missions

Today NASA announced its selection of three Technology Demonstration Missions, including the Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD) and the Deep Space Atomic Clock (DSAC) project that will both fly as hosted payloads on commercial communications satellites. Learn more at nasa.gov

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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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Final Report of Space Workforce Task Force

The President’s Task Force on Space Industry Workforce and Economic Development, co-chaired by U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden, Jr., today released its report to the president with recommendations to enhance economic development strategies along

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Survey of NASA Industrial Base for Shuttle and Constellation

In July 2010, the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) initiated an assessment of the U.S. industrial base that supports NASA. The goal is to understand the impacts resulting from both the retirement of the Space Shuttle program

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