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November 30 – December 6, 2015 / Vol 34, No 48 / Hawai`i Island, USA

25 Nov 2015, 21:00 UTC
November 30 – December 6, 2015 / Vol 34, No 48 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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ULA and Orbital ATK Set for CRS Launch, SpaceX and Boeing Work Toward Crew Missions

United Launch Alliance is scheduled to launch the Orbital ATK Cygnus OA-4 freighter to the International Space Station on December 3rd from Cape Canaveral AFS FL. This 4th operational flight will rely on ULA, a joint venture of Boeing Co. and Lockheed Martin Corp., with 100% success rate on more than 100 rocket launches since its formation in 2006. Cygnus 4, picking up after the Commercial Resupply Service (CRS) Antares failure in Oct 2014, is carrying 3,500 kg of cargo including 12 Planet Labs Dove nanosatellites dubbed “Flock 2e”, the 3U CADRE CubeSat developed by University of Michigan’s Student Space Systems Fabrication Lab, the MinXSS nanosat for University of Colorado at Boulder, and the STMSat 1 educational CubeSat built by St. Thomas More Cathedral School elementary school students. Orbital ATK President Frank Culbertson (the 2nd American Commander of the ISS) outlines three 2016 CRS missions, the first of which will utilize ULA, followed by the return of operations with upgraded Antares rockets from Wallops Flight Facility. SpaceX is planning to launch its next CRS mission January 3 (after the loss of Dragon CRS-7 in June ...

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