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Antares rocket’s enhanced upper stage debuts Tuesday

October 27, 2014

An upgraded Castor 30XL upper stage motor will provide the Antares rocket with an extra boost during launch with supplies and experiments for the International Space Station, a critical upgrade Orbital Sciences says will ensure it meets contractual cargo delivery requirements.

Antares/Orb-3 launch timeline

October 27, 2014

Follow the key events of the Antares rocket’s ascent into orbit from launch pad 0A at Wallops Island, Va., carrying a Cygnus supply ship with cargo for the International Space Station. T+0:00:00: Main Engine Ignition T+0:00:02.1: Liftoff T+0:03:54: Main Engine Cutoff T+0:04:00: Stage Separation T+0:04:29: Fairing Jettison T+0:04:34: Interstage Jettison T+0:04:41: Second Stage Ignition T+0:07:27: Second Stage Burnout T+0:09:27: Cygnus Separation

Atlas 5/GPS 2F-8 launch timeline

October 27, 2014

Follow the Atlas 5 rocket’s ascent into orbit from Cape Canaveral’s Complex 41 launch pad with the U.S. Air Force’s GPS 2F-8 navigation satellite. T+0:00:01.1: Liftoff T+0:01:18.5: Mach 1 and Max Q T+0:04:03.8: Main Engine Cutoff T+0:04:09.8: Stage Separation T+0:04:19.8: Centaur Ignition No. 1 T+0:04:27.8: Nose Cone Jettison T+0:17:09.4: Centaur Engine Cutoff No. 1 T+3:18:02:1: Centaur Ignition No. 2 T+3:19:31.8: Centaur Engine Cutoff No. 2 T+3:24:17.5: Spacecraft Separation

Science-laden Cygnus spaceship ready for takeoff

October 26, 2014

A commercial Cygnus supply freighter will transport a motley mix of experiments to the International Space Station, helping scientists engaged in a range of research disciplines from studying the birth of the solar system to helping astronauts survive marathon missions in space.

Rocket launch could dazzle U.S. East Coast

October 26, 2014

Skywatchers along the U.S. East Coast have a chance of getting a unique light show from Monday evening’s launch of an Antares rocket from Virginia’s Eastern Shore.

SpaceX’s Dragon supply ship returns to Earth

October 25, 2014

Wrapping up SpaceX’s fourth operational resupply flight to the International Space Station, a Dragon cargo capsule departed the high-flying research complex, dropped out of orbit and descended to a parachute-assisted splashdown in the Pacific Ocean with nearly 3,300 pounds of biological specimens and hardware.

Antares rocket moved to launch pad in Virginia

October 25, 2014

Ground crews transferred an Antares rocket out of an assembly building to a launch pad on Virginia’s Eastern Shore in a major step before liftoff on Orbital Sciences’ third flight to resupply the International Space Station.

LIVE COVERAGE: Dragon cargo capsule returns to Earth

October 25, 2014

Closing out a five-week mission, a SpaceX Dragon cargo craft departed the International Space Station on Saturday. The spaceship will dive back into Earth’s atmosphere, deploy parachutes and splash down in the Pacific Ocean at 3:39 p.m. EDT (1939 GMT) about 265 miles west of Baja California.

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