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Garrison
2013-Sep-18, 08:43 PM
The second Antares launch has taken place successfully and the first Cygnus module is on its way to the ISS. BBC article on the launch:

Orbital's Cygnus space freighter embarks on maiden voyage (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-24147578)

Glom
2013-Sep-19, 04:25 AM
This gives me an idea. The ISS pub should be named The Swan and Dragon.

Garrison
2013-Sep-19, 12:02 PM
This gives me an idea. The ISS pub should be named The Swan and Dragon.
Ah that's what the planned Bigelow inflatable module is for. :)

Swift
2013-Sep-19, 12:31 PM
This gives me an idea. The ISS pub should be named The Swan and Dragon.
:lol: Next research project, can one pull a nice pint in microgravity.

KaiYeves
2013-Sep-19, 01:26 PM
This gives me an idea. The ISS pub should be named The Swan and Dragon.

Too bad Dream Chaser and CST-100 don't have animal names.

Garrison
2013-Sep-19, 11:41 PM
Too bad Dream Chaser and CST-100 don't have animal names.

I am slightly surprised Boeing haven't given the CST-100 a name as yet.

Garrison
2013-Sep-19, 11:53 PM
Oh and here's a link the mission status page at spaceflightnow:

http://spaceflightnow.com/antares/cots1/status.html

Swift
2013-Sep-24, 12:46 PM
The latest from spaceflightnow (same link)

Orbital Sciences Corp. and NASA decided today to push back the arrival of the commercial Cygnus cargo craft at the International Space Station until at least Saturday.
The delay gives ground crews more time to prepare for a second rendezvous attempt after officials called off an approach early Sunday due to a data mismatch in the navigation data link between Cygnus and the space station.

Sounds like they fixed the data problem that delayed the docking.

KaiYeves
2013-Sep-24, 01:26 PM
Good, I was worried.

Trebuchet
2013-Sep-24, 05:52 PM
I am slightly surprised Boeing haven't given the CST-100 a name as yet.

They have. It's called CST-100.

NEOWatcher
2013-Sep-24, 06:04 PM
I have a hunch...
Once they get it into regular service... the CST100 AstroLifter
Once they have a military version... the CST100 AstroFortress
Once they get it man rated... the CST100 AstroLiner

Trebuchet
2013-Sep-25, 02:15 PM
Just so they don't stick "Dream" into it. That project was a nightmare.

NEOWatcher
2013-Sep-25, 03:25 PM
Just so they don't stick "Dream" into it. That project was a nightmare.
I thought of that, but they might not want to confuse it with Dreamchaser.

Garrison
2013-Sep-26, 12:15 AM
The latest from spaceflightnow (same link)

Sounds like they fixed the data problem that delayed the docking.

The Soyuz has launched on schedule so there shouldn't be any further delays.

Garrison
2013-Sep-28, 02:28 PM
So rendezvous has now been set for Sunday starting at 4:30 a.m. EDT (0830 GMT)

Trebuchet
2013-Sep-29, 03:15 AM
This makes five different cargo modules available to the ISS, but still only one people carrier. I know they're coming, but it sure seems like a long time.

Garrison
2013-Sep-29, 12:42 PM
This makes five different cargo modules available to the ISS, but still only one people carrier. I know they're coming, but it sure seems like a long time.

You know how it is; you don't see an orbital taxi for ages then three come along at once. :)

ETA: Oh and the Falcon 9 v1.1 is due to launch today as well!

KaiYeves
2013-Sep-29, 02:33 PM
They did it, hooray! (http://www.nasa.gov/content/cygnus-rendezvous-programming-schedule/index.html)

Garrison
2013-Sep-29, 04:02 PM
And the Falcon 1.1 has lifted off!

Glom
2013-Sep-29, 05:16 PM
They did it, hooray! (http://www.nasa.gov/content/cygnus-rendezvous-programming-schedule/index.html)

Finally some pictures of beauty on the news.

KaiYeves
2013-Sep-29, 09:38 PM
Finally some pictures of beauty on the news.
I'm going to check out the papers tomorrow and buy them to save clippings if they have coverage.

Gemini
2013-Sep-30, 03:19 AM
Today has been a great day for space.

Garrison
2014-Jan-06, 02:09 PM
And of course as well as the Falcon 9 1.1 launch the next Antares/Cygnus launch to the ISS is scheduled for this week:

http://spaceflightnow.com/antares/orb1/status.html

Garrison
2014-Jan-10, 01:40 PM
And the launch was successful:

http://spaceflightnow.com/antares/orb1/status.html

KaiYeves
2014-Jan-10, 02:49 PM
Time to get the papers again...

Garrison
2014-Jan-13, 01:39 AM
And one more time. Cygnus has arrived and amongst other things delivered the Christmas presents...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-25703955

Glom
2014-Jan-13, 11:14 AM
This programme is finally getting really real.

ToSeek
2014-Jan-13, 05:01 PM
The launch contrail was visible from here at Goddard.

Polyrealastic Observer
2014-Jan-14, 03:44 PM
I've never heard, is RVK "happy" to have some help, or does this bite into their business? I remember after Columbia was lost there was talk of them being hard-pressed to produce Progress vehicles at the necessary pace. Does anyone know?

Garrison
2014-Jan-14, 04:46 PM
I've never heard, is RVK "happy" to have some help, or does this bite into their business? I remember after Columbia was lost there was talk of them being hard-pressed to produce Progress vehicles at the necessary pace. Does anyone know?
I think they are less than enthusiastic based on some articles I read. There was the suggestion they put a lot of roadblocks in the way of the first Dragon mission. There's also the issue that the US commercial companies will likely compete for manned flights in the medium term.