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Archive for September, 2013

Recapping the Flight of Cygnus

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During a news briefing Sunday, Sept. 29 on NASA television and the agency’s website, managers from NASA and Orbital Sciences Corporation discussed the arrival at the ISS of Orbital’s Cygnus spacecraft — America’s newest space faring resupply ship. Following its 11-day journey to the ISS, Cygnus was grappled and berthed to the orbiting laboratory by astronauts onboard ISS. The Cygnus demonstration mission sets the stage for the start of regular cargo runs to the complex beginning later this year.

 

 

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Liftoff of the Upgraded Falcon 9 | SpaceRef

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SpaceX successfully launched the upgraded Falcon 9 v1.1 on its maiden flight from its new launch facility at Vandenberg Air Force Base on Sunday, September 29th, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. ET.

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Wow. What a picture.

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Private Space Race: 2 Commercial Spaceships Now Available for Space Station Deliveries

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Two private American companies are now responsible for hauling cargo to the International Space Station.

 

Orbital Sciences’ Cygnus spacecraft attached to the orbiting laboratory today by 8:44 a.m. EDT (1244 GMT), a first for the cargo ship. The rendezvous was nearly flawless, according to officials with NASA and the private company.

 

The historic arrival of the Cygnus spacecraft at the space station this morning (Sept. 29) makes Dulles, Va.-based Orbital Sciences the second private, American company to rendezvous with the station.

 

 

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Falcon 9 v1.1 with Cassiope, CUSat, DANDE, POPACS 2013-09-29

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Launch of Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket from Vandenberg AFB SLC-4E in California. It carried Cassiope, CUSat 1 and CUSat 2 (Cornell University), DANDE (University of Colorado at Boulder), and POPACS 1, POPACS 2, and POPACS 3 (Utah State University). Video shot from Ocean Ave near the South base gate.

 

 

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Upgraded Falcon 9 Rocket Successfully Debuts from Vandenberg | SpaceNews.com

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WASHINGTON — Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) successfully debuted a new and more powerful variant of its Falcon 9 rocket Sept. 29, lofting an experimental Canadian satellite and paving the way for the company’s upcoming first launch of a geostationary-orbiting communications satellite.

 

However, the company was unable to demonstrate a reignition of the rocket’s upper stage following the deployment of the Canadian Space Agency’s experimental Cassiope space-environment monitoring satellite and multiple secondary payloads. A second burn will be required during SpaceX’s next mission, intended to place the SES-8 telecommunications satellite into geostationary transfer orbit for satellite operator SES of Luxembourg.

 

SpaceX founder and Chief Executive Elon Musk characterized the issue that forced the abort of the second upper-stage burn as minor and said the company expects to resolve it in relatively short order. During a postlaunch teleconference with reporters, Musk said the SES-8 launch is still scheduled for October, but hinted that a few extra weeks might be needed to fully understand what happened.

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(T-20 Min To Webcast End) SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 Makes Its First Launch From Vandenberg, AFB

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Video is from T-20 Minutes until the end of the webcast. The SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 makes its first launch from Vandenberg, AFB and successfully places six satellites into orbit. The primary payload was Canada’s 800-pound CASSIOPE communications and science satellite built by the Canadian Space Agency and MDA. Source: SpaceX Webcast.

 

 

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SpaceX Scores Second Success on Space Super Sunday

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SpaceX succeeded in launching a new version of its Falcon 9 rocket today, its first launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA.   It was the second of three significant space events planned today — the successful berthing of Orbital Sciences Corporation’s Cygnus spacecraft this morning and the upcoming return-to-flight of Russia’s Proton-M rocket later this afternoon (all times Eastern Daylight Time).

 

The Falcon 9 v1.1 lifted off on time at 12:00 noon EDT (9:00 am Pacific) placing the Canadian Space Agency’s Cassiope scientific satellite and five smaller satellites into orbit.  The launch had been delayed from ealrier in the month to allow additional engine tests.  This was a first for the company in many respects — the first launch from the west coast, the first launch for a customer other than NASA, the first launch of this version of the Falcon 9 (which has a fairing), and the first time a Falcon 9 first stage engine was reignited in flight (after separating from the rest of the rocket).  The last task was part of a test related to SpaceX’s long term goal of developing a reusable rocket.

 

 

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