zanl188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3365 posts, RR: 0 Posted (3 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 4089 times:
SpaceX is about to get a little competition. Hopefully all goes well for Orbital & Cygnus.
Following a planning and coordination meeting held yesterday, August 21, Orbital and NASA have identified September 17, 2013 as the targeted launch date for the COTS Demonstration Mission to the International Space Station. The launch of Orbital's Antares rocket carrying the company's Cygnus cargo logistics spacecraft will originate from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport launch pad 0A located at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility. Orbital's Antares team is targeting a launch time of 11:16 a.m., which is at the opening of an available 15-minute launch window.
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zanl188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3365 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (3 months 18 hours ago) and read 3564 times:
"Orbital Sciences Corp. is almost ready to send the first commercial Cygnus cargo freighter on a demonstration mission to the International Space Station, and NASA officials gave the green light Wednesday for engineers to begin final preparations for the test flight's Sept. 17 launch on an Antares rocket from the Virginia coastline"
nomadd22 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 1695 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (3 months 18 hours ago) and read 3549 times:
Quoting zanl188 (Reply 1): Soon to be two US spacecraft delivering cargo to ISS... Now what about crew?
That depends on how much opposition they get from congressmen who don't like the idea of companies that exist for reasons other than to funnel billions into their districts. The Bill Nelsons of the world are why we aren't vacationing on Mars by now.
SpaceX plans to be launching people in two years, even though NASA says they won't be ready for them for four years.
Hopefully, we''ll have Orbital for cargo, Boeing for crew and SpaceX for both. Everybody likes the idea of Dreamchaser, but most wouldn't bet the farm on it making the cut.