Category Archives: International Space Station

NASA Gains Breathing Room On Commercial Crew Program

NASA has negotiated a continuation of its successful Space Acts Agreements (SAA) procedures for contracting and funding of the next phase of its Commercial Crew Program (CCP). The SAA has also been the process for NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services … Continue reading

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SpaceX Completes Successful COTS 2,3 Mission

The Dragon Spacecraft Floating in the Pacific Ocean Image Credit: Michael Altenhofen / SpaceX The Dragon spacecraft successfully completed all mission objectives and floats quietly in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Mexico following reentry and splashdown. SpaceX announced: … Continue reading

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NASA Administrator Places Call to ISS Following SpaceX Historic Feat

25 May 2012 WASHINGTON — NASA Administrator Charles Bolden offered his congratulations to the International Space Station Expedition 31 crew and mission flight control teams at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston and SpaceX’s headquarters in Hawthorne, Calif., following Friday’s … Continue reading

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"We've Got a Dragon by the Tail"

At 9:56 AM EDT (1356 UTC), the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) successfully grappled the Dragon spacecraft. This is the first commercial spacecraft to reach the International Space Station. Additional manipulations are required to berth the Dragon to a … Continue reading

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SpaceX Commentary on Dragon's Flight Day 3 and the Challenges Ahead

Hawthorne, CA – Today, Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) Dragon spacecraft completed key on-orbit tests as part of a historic attempt to be the first commercial company in history to send a spacecraft to the International Space Station. In the days … Continue reading

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Dragon Flies Under the International Space Station

Dragon Solar Panels Visible Image Credit: NASA TV This image was captured moments before ISS contact was lost. Several minutes later, Dragon crossed directly under the International Space Station and disappeared into the shadow of the Earth. All tests so … Continue reading

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SpaceX Launches Dragon Toward ISS

Falcon 9 Ignition Image Credit: NASA TV Falcon 9 Liftoff Image Credit: NASA TV Falcon 9 Ascent Image Credit: NASA TV Falcon 9 Downrange Image Credit: NASA TV Falcon 9 Separation of the Second Stage Image Credit: NASA TV Falcon … Continue reading

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Edoardo Amaldi Resuppy Mission to the ISS

ATV-3 Inside Fairing Image Credit: ESA Previously delayed, the European Space Agency is ready to launch the Edoardo Amaldi this evening. The mission is to provide supplies to the International Space Station, including a spare Fluids Control Pump Assembly (FCPA). … Continue reading

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European Space Agency 30 Days from ATV Resupply Mission

Loading Cargo Aboard ATV 3 – Edoardo Amaldi Image Credit: ESA / CNES / Arianespace / Optique Video du CSG–S. Martin 2011 The European Space Agency’s Edoardo Amaldi mission to the International Space Station is scheduled for 1000 UTC on … Continue reading

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SpaceX Slips Dragon Mission to ISS

SpaceX announced that it will slip the launch of the Dragon spacecraft aboard a Falcon 9 from the original 7 February 2012 date. The specific reason for the delay was not specified, but was related to a “sense of responsibility … Continue reading

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