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News Archive / Tagged: Commercial Resupply Services

  • Huntsville seeks FAA approval to host Dream Chaser landings at HSV

    Curt GodwinSeptember 1st, 2017

    Huntsville, Alabama, has left an indelible mark on the United States' spaceflight heritage, earning the nickname "The Rocket City" in the process. Now the northern Alabama municipality seeks Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval for its international airport (HSV) to be a landing location for Sierra Nevada Corporation's (SNC) Dream Chaser spacecraft.

  • OPINION: Is there inconsistency in how NASA treats its private partners?

    Jason RhianJuly 23rd, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A recent report noted that NASA will not be releasing a public report on the findings of the SpaceX Falcon 9 CRS-7 explosion. The report also denotes that a previous similar accident was handled differently by NASA, but were the two accidents so distinct as to warrant two totally dissimilar approaches?

  • Contract brings Dream Chaser flights closer to reality

    Joe LatrellJuly 20th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — In development for more than ten years, the Dream Chaser spaceplane is one step closer to flight. Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has signed a contract with United Launch Alliance (ULA) to send the spacecraft to orbit. 

  • Sierra Nevada ground tests Dream Chaser’s steering, brakes

    Bart LeahyJuly 18th, 2017

    On Monday, July 17, SNC put its full-scale Dream Chaser test vehicle through its paces on the ground at NASA’s Armstrong Research Center in California. According to a report by Spaceflight Now, the ground tests towed the vehicle fast enough to evaluate the performance of its brakes, steering, guidance, navigation, and control systems.

  • Former astronaut Rick Mastracchio joins Orbital ATK

    Christopher PaulJune 22nd, 2017

    Orbital ATK has hired former NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio as its new senior director of operations for the Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) program. The company made the announcement via a June 19, 2017, press release welcoming the three-time Space Shuttle astronaut to its Space Systems Group team.

  • Falcon’s flames: SpaceX launches CRS-11 Dragon

    Bart LeahyJune 3rd, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — SpaceX has successfully launched its 11th Dragon (CRS-11) toward the International Space Station (ISS) in support of NASA's Commercial Resupply Service (CRS) program. The company's “Full Thrust” Falcon 9 rocket launched the first refurbished Dragon capsule carrying crew supplies and experiments to be used on the orbiting lab.

  • SFI Live: Launch of CRS-11 on SpaceX Falcon 9

    Jason RhianJune 1st, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- SpaceX is preparing to launch the CRS-11 mission to the International Space Station atop one of the company's Falcon 9 rockets. Liftoff is slated to take place from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center at 5:55 p.m. EDT (21:55 GMT). SFI's show will begin at 5:25 p.m. EDT (21:25 GMT).

  • Dream Chaser spacecraft passes 3rd integration review milestone

    Bart LeahyMay 27th, 2017

    Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) announced on May 25, 2017, that the firm's Dream Chaser spacecraft had passed its third integration review under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services 2 (CRS2) contract. This latest review evaluated whether the spacecraft's system design met NASA’s key mission requirements to send cargo to the International Space Station.

  • Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser arrives at Armstrong for further testing

    Bart LeahyJanuary 31st, 2017

    On Jan. 26, Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) delivered the engineering test article for their Dream Chaser spacecraft to NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center for its next round of testing. The testing is part of SNC’s developmental space act agreement with NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.

  • A tale of fire: S.S. Alan Poindexter successfully completes OA-5 mission

    Heather SmithNovember 28th, 2016

    The S.S. Alan Poindexter Cygnus spacecraft successfully completed re-entry on Nov. 27 over the Pacific Ocean east of New Zealand following a month-long stay at the International Space Station. The mission known as OA-5 marked Orbital ATK’s return to flight operations at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia.

  • SpaceX successfully completes static test fire prior to launch of CRS-8 mission

    Jason RhianApril 6th, 2016

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX successfully carried out a static test fire of the Hawthorne, California-based firm's Falcon 9 FT rocket late in the evening on Tuesday, April 5, in preparation for the planned launch of the CRS-8 cargo resupply run to the International Space Station. With this final milestone complete, SpaceX is now ready to launch the Falcon 9 FT / Dragon combo on Friday, April 8, 2016.

  • SFI LIVE: Launch Coverage of ULA Atlas V 401 with Orbital ATK’s OA-6 Cygnus

    Jason RhianMarch 22nd, 2016

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — ULA is preparing to launch an Atlas V 401 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s SLC 41 in Florida. The payload for this flight will be Orbital ATK’s S.S. Rick Husband Cygnus spacecraft to the International Space Station. SpaceFlight Insider's live webcast will begin at 10:30 p.m. EDT.

  • NASA and SpaceX eye April return-to-flight for Dragon

    Jason RhianMarch 19th, 2016

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — NASA and SpaceX are looking at returning the cargo version of SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft to service and have announced a Friday, April 8, launch attempt under the $1.6 billion Commercial Services Resupply contract SpaceX has with NASA.

  • Catching a dream: SNC’s tenacious spacecraft selected for NASA’s CRS-2 contract

    Jason RhianJanuary 14th, 2016

    During a press conference held Jan. 14, 2016, at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, NASA announced the winners of the second phase of contracts for its Commercial Resupply Services program. Those announced included established names under CRS, as well as one new one – SNC's Dream Chaser space plane.

  • NASA: AJ26 turbopump likely to blame for loss of Orb-3 Antares

    Jason RhianNovember 7th, 2015

    NASA has released its findings on the Oct. 28, 2014, loss of an Orbital ATK Antares rocket and the Cygnus spacecraft it carried. The cause of the accident has been debated between Orbital and the supplier of the two AJ26 rocket engines that were used in Antares' first stage – Aerojet Rocketdyne. That debate appears to have been put to rest.