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Falcon 9’s near-term manifest coming into focus

December 13, 2015

SpaceX’s launch of a cluster of communications satellites for Orbcomm, set for as soon as next weekend, holds the headlines, but the company’s Falcon 9 rocket could fly at least four times in the next two months, assuming smooth launch campaigns and no glitches.

SpaceX eyes Dec. 19 for first launch since June

December 10, 2015

SpaceX is targeting Dec. 19 for a critical commercial launch that will double as the debut flight of an upgraded Falcon 9 rocket and the company’s return-to-flight mission after a failure six months ago halted SpaceX’s busy launch manifest.

SpaceX aims to resume Falcon 9 flights in mid-December

December 2, 2015

SpaceX has shipped to Cape Canaveral the first Falcon 9 booster equipped with upgrades to haul heavier cargoes to orbit, aiming for a mid-December launch in the space transport company’s first mission since a June rocket failure grounded the Falcon 9.

Planning for December Falcon 9 launch, Orbcomm ships satellites

November 6, 2015

The first shipment of Orbcomm’s 11-satellite payload for the Falcon 9 rocket’s first flight since a June launch failure has arrived at Cape Canaveral, and the rest of the spacecraft will reach the Florida spaceport in the coming days, Orbcomm officials said Thursday.

NASA delays cargo award again, eliminates Boeing from contention

November 5, 2015

NASA has delayed the award of new contracts for cargo transportation services between Earth and the International Space Station, and eliminated an uncrewed version of Boeing’s human-rated CST-100 Starliner capsule from the competition, officials said Thursday.

Orbcomm first in Falcon 9’s return-to-flight launch queue

October 18, 2015

Going with a philosophy that favors incremental testing of an upgraded version of the Falcon 9 booster, SpaceX officials said Friday that eleven mini-satellites for Orbcomm’s data relay business will fly on the company’s first mission since a launch failure in June.

Sierra Nevada on watch for critical cargo award

October 8, 2015

A prototype of Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser space plane is nearing shipment to California’s Mojave Desert to resume runway landing tests as officials wait for word from NASA whether the company will win a competition to ferry cargo to the International Space Station.

Q&A with Mark Sirangelo, leader of Sierra Nevada Space Systems

October 8, 2015

Sierra Nevada Corp. has business activity across a spectrum of programs, from Orbcomm communications satellites to parts on the New Horizons mission to Pluto, but all eyes are now on the company’s Dream Chaser spacecraft. Sierra Nevada’s Mark Sirangelo met with reporters at the 2015 International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight.

Decision on new space station cargo contracts deferred

April 22, 2015

NASA expects to select commercial contractors to resupply the International Space Station in September, three months later than the agency’s previous timetable under a competition for cargo deliveries beginning in 2018.

SpaceX, Sierra Nevada get more time to finish flight tests

April 2, 2015

NASA has extended development agreements with SpaceX and Sierra Nevada Corp. past a March 31 deadline, giving the companies more time to complete delayed tests on commercial spacecraft intended to one day ferry astronauts into space.

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