Atlas V / OA-7 mission delayed due the problems with hydraulics subsystems

Mission of Orbital ATL Cygnus cargo spacecraft (OA-7), which was scheduled for  March 10, was postponed due the problems with the launch vehicle – United launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. New launch date was set to 21st March 2017 with “not earlier than” status. Mission was planned as commercial resupply flight, with Cygnus S.S. John […]

Atlas V with Cygnus in 2017 !

After troubles with Falcon-9 FT, which caused delay with Dragon spacecraft cargo missions, Orbital ATK seemed to be Deus ex machina with their Antares 230. But due the same reason it seems, that again Orbital ATK will have to rely on Atlas V launch vehicle. According to latest news Orbital ATK is going to resume cooperation […]

Return of the Antares – S.S. Alan Poindexter launched during 6th flight of Orbital ATK rocket !

Orbital ATK returned to market of commercial space launch services with their modified Antares rocket. Company finished period of cooperation with United Launch Alliance and again will conduct launches under CRS program with own rocket. This mission was important moment for Orbital ATK. Finally, after two years of utilizing Atlas V rockets for launching Cygnus […]

Antares delayed, possible timeframe covers August 2016

It seems that Orbital ATK would like to prepare as best as possible first launch of their heaviest rocket Antares. After almost two years break launch of their heaviest rocket will be probably delayed. Upgrading Antares with new engines was one of most important plans of Orbital ATK for 2016. After disaster on 28 October 2014, when […]

Antares after static test-Orbital ATK prepares for resuming flights

On May 31, 2016, first stage of Orbital ATK Antares rocket passed static fire test of first stage. Test was performed in NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility. This was first time for Antares to visit Wallops Island in Virginia since disaster on 28 October 2014. Rocket was delivered to Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) Pad 0A which is placed […]

We have a record – 100 000 orbits by International Space Station !

Small celebration on International Space Station – ISS broke Mir space station record, which before it’s decommissioning, reached number of 86331 orbits. International Space Station passed yesterday in the morning 100000th orbit. It is historical moment for remaining in space since launch of first module Zarya (which was launched on atop of Proton rocket on 20 November 1998) […]

Antares static test fire maybe next week !

Orbital ATK is still continuing development of their in house designed launch vehicle – Antares rocket; Company is considering July 2016 as most possible date for first launch since disaster in 2014. Antares failed launch which took place on 28 October 2014 in Wallops Flight Facility did not stopped participation of Orbital ATK in Commercial Resupply Service […]

United Launch Alliance – problems with Atlas V during OA-6 unsuccessfully silenced

United Launch Alliance had problems during last launch of RD-180 engine in the first stage of their Atlas V rocket; they were not given to public during live broadcast on 23 March 2016. Luckily for ULA, Centaur upper stage gave its best and Cygnus is on its way to International Space Station. During live broadcast from mission OA-6 contracted for […]