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2012-06-27 09:34:18

NASA has modified its NASA Launch Services (NLS) II contract with Orbital Sciences Corporation of Dulles, Va., to add the Antares launch vehicle, formerly known as Taurus II, for future missions. The NLS II on-ramp provision provides an opportunity annually for launch service providers not presently under NLS II contract to compete for future missions, and allows launch service providers already under contract to introduce launch vehicles not currently on their NLS II contracts, such as...

2012-06-19 06:20:23

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., June 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Chinese Air Force Officers are now conducting military operations in orbit. "The space program, including ostensible civil projects, supports China's growing ability to deny or degrade the space assets of potential adversaries and enhances China's conventional military capabilities," Army Lt. Gen. Ronald Burgess, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, wrote in testimony presented before the U.S. Senate's Armed Services Committee...

2012-06-18 06:22:16

WASHINGTON, June 18, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and NASA have signed a historic agreement to coordinate standards for commercial space travel of government and non-government astronauts to and from low-Earth orbit and the International Space Station (ISS). The two agencies will collaborate to expand efforts that provide a stable framework for the U.S. space industry, avoid conflicting requirements and multiple sets of standards, and advance both...

2012-06-14 10:20:17

WASHINGTON, June 14, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA Administrator Charles Bolden visited SpaceX Headquarters in Hawthorne, Calif., Thursday, capping a tour of SpaceX facilities to thank employees for their part in making the first mission by a private company to the International Space Station a success. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Bolden and SpaceX CEO and Chief Designer Elon Musk addressed more than 1,000 employees who helped design, launch and...

NASA's Bolden Visits SpaceX To View Dragon Capsule
2012-06-14 06:31:40

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden joined SpaceX CEO and Chief Designer Elon Musk at the SpaceX Rocket Development Facility in McGregor, Texas, Wednesday to see the first commercial space capsule to complete a mission to the International Space Station. Bolden and Musk also thanked the more than 150 SpaceX employees working at the McGregor facility for their role in the historic mission. SpaceX's Dragon capsule made history May 31 when it returned to Earth after delivering supplies to the...

2012-06-13 10:20:15

WASHINGTON, June 13, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA Administrator Charles Bolden joined SpaceX CEO and Chief Designer Elon Musk at the SpaceX Rocket Development Facility in McGregor, Texas, Wednesday to see the first commercial space capsule to complete a mission to the International Space Station. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Bolden and Musk also thanked the more than 150 SpaceX employees working at the McGregor facility for their role in the historic...

2012-06-12 06:20:12

WASHINGTON, June 12, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and SpaceX CEO and Chief Designer Elon Musk will participate in a media availability at 11:30 a.m. CDT Wednesday, June 13, in the SpaceX facility at 1 Rocket Rd. in McGregor, Texas. Bolden and Musk will be there to view the Dragon spacecraft that returned to Earth May 31 following the first successful mission by a private company to carry supplies to the International Space Station. (Logo:...

2012-06-06 06:20:45

LOUISVILLE, Colo., June 6, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) Space Systems has successfully completed a preliminary design review (PDR) of the design, architecture and performance of its Dream Chaser orbital crew vehicle. This marks a new milestone in the company's effort to develop transportation for astronauts to low Earth orbit and the International Space Station. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO ) SNC is one of several...

2012-06-01 23:01:39

RoadFish.com men´s lifestyle and finance magazine applauds the triumphant splash landing of SpaceX´s space craft, the first ever privately built and operated of its kind to dock at the space station, Thursday morning off the California coast Hawthorne, CA (PRWEB) June 01, 2012 RoadFish.com men´s lifestyle and finance magazine commended the space transport company SpaceX for the successful mission of its spacecraft, the Dragon, which recently became the first privately built...

Dragon Capsule Comes Home, Mission Complete
2012-05-31 11:36:36

[ Watch the Video ] Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com SpaceX had an ideal ending to its Dragon capsule mission as the spacecraft zipped safely back through Earth's atmosphere and into the Pacific Ocean on Thursday. The Dragon capsule spent over a week in space, becoming the first commercial vehicle to dock with the International Space Station. SpaceX's prized capsule saw numerous launch delays, and one abort, until it finally was able to send Dragon into orbit last Tuesday at 3:44 a.m....