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Orbital Sciences

The Troubled Fate of the International Space Station

Dr. Sten Odenwald | Posted 07.19.2014 | Politics
Dr. Sten Odenwald

It seems that, without ISS, American manned space travel beyond 2020 will have to go "all-in" on the politically controversial destinations of the Moon, an asteroid or Mars to keep itself relevant.

Uh Hello, We've Gone Interstellar...

Marco Cáceres | Posted 06.10.2014 | Science
Marco Cáceres

I was recently asked to recommend a space program for a "greatest achievement" award in the area of aeronautics or astronautics. How could you not go with Voyager? I mean, for the first time in the roughly 2 million-year-old human species, something we have conceived of and created has traveled beyond our solar system.

Humans in Space: Finding a Shared Voice

Rick Tumlinson | Posted 04.20.2014 | Technology
Rick Tumlinson

Each of us seems to think ours is the only worthwhile goal. And of course we also each have our own favorite spacecraft, our own perfect solutions and systems and approaches, and everyone else be damned, because my way is the space highway.

Private Cargo Ship Makes Special Space Station Delivery

AP | MARCIA DUNN | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Christmas has finally arrived for the six space station astronauts. A privately launched supply ship reached the Intern...

New Concern Keeps Spacecraft From Docking With ISS

AP | MARCIA DUNN | Posted 09.23.2013 | Science

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A new commercial spaceship will wait all week before aiming again for the International Space Station. Orbital Sciences Corp....

WATCH: Virginia Firm To Make Its First Supply Run To Space Station

AP | MARCIA DUNN | Posted 11.17.2013 | Science

A Virginia company is all set to make its first-ever supply run to the International Space Station. On the eve of its premiere rendezvous mission, Or...

NASA-Contracted Rocket Successfully Test Launched

AP | BROCK VERGAKIS | Posted 06.21.2013 | Science

ATLANTIC, Va. — A company contracted by NASA to deliver supplies to the International Space Station successfully launched a rocket on Sunday in ...

Rocket's Debut Postponed Again

Posted 04.20.2013 | Science

By: Tariq Malik Published: 04/20/2013 04:53 PM EDT on SPACE.com The launch debut of a new privately built rocket will have to wait at least one ...

NewSpace to the Rescue for the Space Station

Rick Tumlinson | Posted 10.28.2011 | Technology
Rick Tumlinson

It is absurd that more then 50 years into the age of human spaceflight, the entire world depends on one launch system to get people to and from space.

Apollo's Children and the NewSpace Revolution

Rick Tumlinson | Posted 09.21.2011 | Technology
Rick Tumlinson

The shuttle program ended this week just as we celebrated the 42nd anniversary of Apollo. It is poetic and yet sad. It also begs the question, what ne...

More Bang for Buck Rogers

Rick Tumlinson | Posted 08.20.2011 | Technology
Rick Tumlinson

NASA has a responsibility to be a good customer. This means one that knows what it wants when it walks in, how much it wants and how often, and what it wants to pay.

The Top Contenders In The New Space Race

msnbc.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

When NASA's space shuttle fleet retires in 2011, the space agency will have to rely on Russian spacecraft and the private sector to taxi cargo and hum...