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News Archive / Tagged: Commercial Orbital Transportation Services

  • What have we accomplished in three years? Life after STS-135

    Heather SmithJuly 12th, 2014

    On a hot summer morning in July of 2011, Space Shuttle Atlantis launched from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida marking the final flight of the Space Shuttle Program. It not only marked the end of the U.S.’ crewed program of record – but all signaled a potential turning point. What has the U.S. space […]

  • SpaceX President Shotwell talks recovery efforts during recent ribbon-cutting ceremony

    Jason RhianApril 21st, 2014

    Space Exploration Technologies’ (SpaceX) President and Chief Executive Officer Gwynne Shotwell answered the question that is on many a space enthusiasts minds this week – what happened in terms of the company’s efforts to recover the first stage of the Falcon 9 v1.1 booster that launched on Friday April 18 at 3:25 p.m. EDT (1925 […]

  • SpaceX Dragon Easter Egg reveals needed supplies for Expedition 39 crew

    SpaceFlight InsiderApril 21st, 2014

    Most of us here on Earth dream of chocolate bunnies and candy eggs as Easter treats, but the astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) were awaiting the arrival of much-needed supplies on Easter Sunday. Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata successfully captured the cargo vehicle using the station’s Canadarm2 at 7:14 a.m. EDT (1114 GMT). The […]

  • Falcon 9 v1.1 with Dragon roars (loudly) to ISS on CRS-3 resupply mission

    Jason RhianApril 18th, 2014

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) and NASA launched the third of the company’s Dragon spacecraft under the $1.6 billion Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract that the NewSpace firm has with the space agency. Liftoff occurred right on time at 3:25 p.m. EDT (1925 GMT), marking the fourth time overall that a Dragon […]

  • SpaceX Launch of CRS-3 set for Friday, with spacewalk for following Wednesday

    Jason RhianApril 16th, 2014

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla — NASA and Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) have announced that they will attempt to launch the Falcon 9 v1.1 with its payload of a Dragon spacecraft carrying more than 4,500 lbs of supplies to the International Space Station on Friday, April 18 at 3:25 p.m. EDT (1925 GMT). This will mark at […]

  • SpaceX to use Launch Complex 39A for Falcon Heavy – sets first launch in first quarter of 2015

    Scott JohnsonApril 16th, 2014

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. – On Monday, April 14, Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) signed a 20 year lease agreement with NASA for the use of its Pad “A” located at Kennedy Space Center’s (KSC) Launch Complex 39 (LC-39A),  the pad from which all Apollo Moon landing missions, and many space shuttle  missions, departed the planet.

  • Helium leak causes further delay for SpaceX’s CRS-3 mission to ISS

    Jason RhianApril 14th, 2014

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — Space Exploration Technologies hopes that they could conduct the third flight under the $1.6 billion Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract that the company has with NASA were dashed by a helium leak in the Falcon 9 v1.1’s first stage. The technical issue forced a scrubbed to be called just shy of […]

  • NASA/SpaceX highlight science payload for CRS-3 mission

    Scott JohnsonApril 14th, 2014

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. – On Sunday afternoon, in the lead up to  Monday’s anticipated SpaceX launch, NASA held a news briefing to shed some light on a few of the science payloads being flown to the International Space Station  (ISS) on the CRS-3 mission.

  • NASA “Good to go” to support SpaceX launch of Falcon 9 v1.1 with Dragon on CRS-3 mission

    Jason RhianApril 13th, 2014

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) has, after a number of delays, one of the company’s Falcon 9 v1.1 boosters ready to carry out  the Commercial Resupply 3 (CRS-3) mission. Launch is currently slated to take place from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) in Florida at 4:58 p.m. EDT (2058 […]

  • Launch Viewing Guide: SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 with CRS-3

    Jason RhianApril 11th, 2014

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) is preparing to launch one of the company’s upgraded Falcon 9 rockets. This particular F9 will launch a Dragon spacecraft, filled with approximately 4,600 lbs of supplies to the International Space Station. The Falcon 9 will fly in the v1.1 configuration (that’s rocket scientist speak for a […]

  • SpaceX reschedules CRS 3 launch for April 14

    James TuttenApril 5th, 2014

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) has confirmed the rescheduled launch for their third contracted cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS), SpaceX CRS-3, is now set for Monday, April 14 at 4:58 p.m. EDT. This launch will come after nearly a month of delays concerning multiple issues with both range […]

  • Spaceflight in 2013: A Year in Review

    SpaceFlight InsiderDecember 31st, 2013

    As 2013 comes to a close, it is a fitting time to look back and reflect on what has been an eventful year in spaceflight.

  • Opinion: A glimpse of the future? Bigelow Aerospace releases report on human spaceflight

    SpaceFlight InsiderNovember 25th, 2013

    In recent years many within the private space community and government alike, see NASA being sacked as something beneficial to the advancement of permanent private access to space. One private company however, has shown what the real benefit can be. And it comes in the form of clever public-private partnerships with the space agency.

  • Praise, emotions, mark end of NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services program

    Jason RhianNovember 13th, 2013

    NASA Administrator Charles Bolden flanked by Space Exploration Technologies President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) Gwynne Shotwell and Orbital Sciences Corporation’s Executive Vice-President and General Manager Frank Culbertson along with several other NASA officials hosted a news conference on Wednesday Nov. 13 to discuss the closing of the space agency’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) […]

  • Wind tunnel testing used to understand the unsteady side of aerodynamics

    NASANovember 6th, 2013

    Think about a time you’ve been a passenger in a car and stuck your hand out the window. As your speed increases, so do the vibrations in your hand. Trying to keep those fingers steady as the wind whips around them at 75 mph gets pretty tricky, right?