Preparations for the first launch of a Cygnus cargo spacecraft in more than a year, and the first on an Atlas launch vehicle, have gone smoothly despite some changes in timing of loading cargo on the spacecraft, an Orbital ATK executive says.
The United States could struggle to promote competition in its space launch program while also maintaining two independent ways to launch satellites and ending U.S. reliance on Russian rocket engines, a top U.S. Air Force official said on Tuesday.
The new-version H-2A is designed to offer up to three commercial flights per year with improved orbital-injection features.
Blue Origin announced Nov. 24 that it launched its New Shepard suborbital vehicle on a second test flight, flying to the edge of space and successfully landing both sections of the vehicle.
U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has asked the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), to reject the idea of inserting a provision into a must-pass federal spending bill that would give the U.S. military access to a controversial Russian rocket engine until an alternative becomes available.
United Launch Alliance has pledged to carry as many as 24 cubesats on each launch of its Atlas 5 rocket beginning in mid-2017.
U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) is considering adding language to a must-pass federal spending bill that would give the U.S. military access to the controversial Russian-made rocket engine until an alternative becomes available.
SpaceX is likely to win — by default — a U.S. Air Force contract to launch a next-generation GPS satellite after United Launch Alliance announced Nov. 16 that it declined to bid.
The U.S. Air Force awarded United Launch Alliance a $373 million contract modification to build two rockets for the National Reconnaissance Office as part of its $11 billion block buy from the service, according to a Nov. 12 announcement from the Defense Department.
Blue Origin expects to start launching commercial payloads on its New Shepard suborbital vehicle by the middle of next year, hoping to reinvigorate interest in flying experiments on such vehicles.
The U.S. Air Force awarded the Johns Hopkins University’s Whiting School of Engineering a $545,000 contract to study additive manufacturing techniques to make cooling chambers for liquid rocket engines.
Europe’s heavy-lift Ariane 5 rocket on Nov. 10 successfully placed telecommunications for Arabsat of Saudi Arabia and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in the vehicle’s sixth and final launch for 2015 and its 69th consecutive success.
Fourteen members of Congress from California ask the Defense Department to examine the company's decisions to retire its Delta 4 rocket and to drop Aerojet Rocketdyne as its solid-rocket booster provider.