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FAA Approves Orbital Sciences Demonstration Flight To ISS
2011-09-01 09:32:53

  The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has given Orbital Sciences the go-ahead to launch a demonstration flight to the International Space Station next year. The first launch of the company's Cygnus cargo module aboard a Taurus II rocket is planned for late February from Wallops Island, Virginia.  Orbital said an expanded FAA license covering that launch was expected soon. “We are very pleased to have been granted the Commercial Space Transportation Launch...

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2011-08-25 14:11:04

  NASA's work to help develop the next generation of commercial space transportation systems reached another significant achievement yesterday with the arrival at Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia of the Cygnus Pressurized Cargo Module, Orbital Science Corp.'s spacecraft to carry supplies to the International Space Station. "This is one more important step in our partnership with U.S. private industry to build safe, reliable and cost effective cargo transportation systems," said...

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2011-08-19 09:45:00

NASA's partnership with industry to develop transportation to the International Space Station reaches another milestone on Wednesday, Aug. 24. The cargo module for Orbital Sciences Corp.'s Cygnus spacecraft, which will carry supplies to the station, is scheduled to arrive at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Reporters are invited to cover the arrival of Cygnus' Pressurized Cargo Module (PCM) at 4 p.m. EDT Wednesday. NASA officials and Orbital representatives will be available for...

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2009-06-19 11:30:00

Orbital Sciences Corporation and Italian Thales Alenia Space have announced an agreement that will see the two firms developing a pressurized cargo module for an unmanned resupply spacecraft for the ISS program. The two firms made the announcement during the Paris air show. They will be combining efforts to develop the cargo module that will enable Cygnus to carry almost three tons of food and equipment to the International Space Station. "Cygnus has built into it all the critical safety...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'