Category Archive: ISS resupply

Jan 14 2016

Sierra Nevada gets a piece of the CRS-2 pie

NASA awards ISS cargo transport contracts. SpaceX, Sierra Nevada, and Orbital ATK all were winners, with 6 cargo flights to the ISS guaranteed for each. The agency applied knowledge gained from the first commercial resupply contracts with Orbital ATK and SpaceX and required a number of key enhancements for these contracts. This includes starting with …

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Dec 24 2015

My return stage is bigger than yours

Regarding the pissing match between Jeff Bezos (Blue Origin) and Elon Musk (SpaceX), I think they’re both being ridiculous. Both the New Shepherd’s landing and the Falcon 9 first stage landing were impressive, and both advance their respective company’s business case, and neither business case is in direct competition with each other. New Shepherd is …

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Dec 21 2015

MARS on track for 31 May 2016 launch

No, not THAT Mars, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS): Orbital ATK Shows Off Repaired Launch Pad and Antares Rocket Hardware for Return to Flight. According to Nash, the launch pad is now flight ready and his team could support a launch with only a few weeks notice. Repairs have been made to the ablative material …

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Dec 10 2015

Cygnus makes it to ISS

Orbital cargo ship arrives at space station. It was captured by the ISS at 3:19 am Pacific time this morning. Congrats to Orbital ATK!

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Dec 08 2015

Weather finally clears for Cygnus launch

Orbital ATK’s Cygnus Spacecraft Successfully Launched on Cargo Delivery Mission to ISS. Cygnus launched at 0145 Pacific time Sunday, and will arrive at the ISS tomorrow. Its launch had been delayed three days due to bad weather. Now that Cygnus is operational again, and Dragon’s launch is right around the corner, we’re back to having …

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Dec 04 2015

Yesterday’s Cygnus launch scrubbed

Atlas V hoping to dodge the weather for Friday Cygnus launch attempt. They’ll try again around 2:33 pm Pacific time today, though looking at the weather report, I wouldn’t be surprised if the launch gets scrubbed again today. Winds are about 20 mph. Related articles: Launch Scrubbed Due To Heavy Cloud Cover + Rain For …

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Nov 23 2015

SpaceX officially in the commercial crew business

NASA Orders SpaceX Crew Mission to ISS. Pretty much a formality given that they already have the contract, but still…pretty big news. The Capture the Flag race is now officially on. Related articles: SpaceX Receives First Order for Space Station Crew-Exchange Mission from NASA NASA Gives SpaceX Company 1st Mission Order to International Space Station …

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Nov 19 2015

Boeing on track for Apr 2017 Starliner launch

Boeing and NASA progress through critical CST-100 Starliner milestones. The first crewed launch will then follow in July 2017. The article goes into more details about the testing, integration and certifying that needs to be done. This is the first time, though, that I’ve seen months attached to the launch date forecasts…which likely means that …

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Nov 19 2015

ISS suffers power loss

ISS Power System Status – Suspected SSU Failure responsible for partial Power Loss. It was reported yesterday, but happened on Friday. The load shedding wasn’t seamless, as parts of the ISS actually lost power temporarily. There will be a space walk in the near future to replace the SSU for the 1B circuit. Further analysis …

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Nov 16 2015

Differences in ‘Enhanced’ Cygnus capusle

Orbital ATK Showcases New ‘Enhanced Cygnus’, Ahead of 3 December OA-4 Launch. The enhanced Cygnus is over 12 feet longer than the previous Cygnus, allowing to carry over 4000 pounds of additional cargo. It also has a different solar panel configuration: Here’s a drawing I found online comparing the two:

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Nov 08 2015

Boeing out of the running for CRS2 contract

NASA drops Boeing from race for $3.5 billion cargo contract. I’m kinda surprised, though to be honest, I haven’t had a chance to dive into this like I did with the CCtCAP announcement. Highlights from the article: Boeing’s cargo version of their CST-100 Starliner is no longer in the running, based on a NASA letter …

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Oct 29 2015

3D Animation of Oct. 28 Spacewalk Activities

Related Articles First-Time Spacewalkers Complete EVA-32, Ahead of ‘Extremely Busy’ Winter of Resupply Operations

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Oct 26 2015

Tentative SpaceX Launch Schedule

SpaceX preparing for Static Fire test on first Full Thrust Falcon 9 First Stage. The concrete hasn’t even begun to harden on these tentative dates, but they at least give us something to which to look forward. Week of 26 Oct: Full Thrust test at MacGregor Early Dec: Orbcomm-2 mission to LEO (plus 2nd stage …

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Oct 12 2015

Ooooooooooo….Cheese!

They’re Loving It: Cheeseburgers Will Be Added to ISS Menu. I crave a cheeseburger about five times a day. I can’t imagine going six months without one. And it’s always a good day when I can add a Wallace and Gromit reference:

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Oct 09 2015

Space Station IDA undergoes testing

Space Station International Docking Adapter Undergoes Tests for Starliner and Crew Dragon. IDA-2 (IDA-1 was lost on CRS-7) will be carried on CRS-9 with a projected launch no earlier than Jan 2016. They’re no doubt building IDA-3 to replace IDA-1.

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Oct 08 2015

SNC Looks to 2017 orbital test flight of Dream Chaser

Dream Chaser Readies to Spread its Wings Again as SNC Looks Towards First Orbital Flight Test. The first orbital test flight(s) will be unmanned. They believe they’ll be ready for operations and customer launches by 2018. SNC is also an entrant for the CSR-2 contract, which is supposed to be announced in a couple of …

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Sep 30 2015

NASA extends ISS support contract

NASA, Boeing Extend ISS Contract. Congrats to Boeing! The contract includes a study to determine if the ISS can be sustained through 2028. Presumably, the answer will be “yes”, but hopefully that study will be a major data point for the commercial venture that is looking to buy a space station.

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Sep 29 2015

HTV-5 suffers glitch prior to ISS undocking

HTV-5 departs ISS – following slight glitch – ahead of fiery demise. The SSRMS (Space Station Remote Manipulator System — You know, the giant crane claw thing) noted a safing event, which turned out to be a computer glitch. The ISS made an additional orbit while the crew checked things out, and the the HTV-5 …

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Sep 19 2015

NASA missed opportunity to save some dough

NASA IG: NASA Missed Opportunity to Save Up to $84 Million After Antares Failure. CRS is a fixed-price contract, but that doesn’t mean that NASA couldn’t have lowered its overall price tag for the Orbital ATK part: The CRS contract is fixed price and NASA will not pay more, but the OIG report says that …

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Sep 18 2015

Mmmmm….baked goods

Asteroid-Mining Plan Would Bake Water Out of Bagged-Up Space Rocks. I think this is a viable approach. I guess my only nit is that, given that You can’t swing a dead cat in the Solar System without hitting water, will this be necessary in most cases? I.e. They talk about recovering water from an asteroid, …

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