New Views of CST-100 Starliner Landing Tests

CTPD Drop Test

Check out these two additional views of the drop tests campaign for Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner design at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Virginia. The Starliner mock-up was dropped several times from about 30 feet and released on angles and at speeds to evaluate realistic conditions the spacecraft could encounter during Read full post

Posted Aug 29, 2016 at 8:50 am on Commercial Crew Program

ISS Daily Summary Report – 08/26/2016

SpaceX (SpX)-9 Release: Following the unberth of Dragon yesterday afternoon, the crew used the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) to release Dragon at 5:11 AM Central Time for its return to Earth.  The Dragon capsule executed a de-orbit burn shortly after 10 AM Central Time, and splashed down in Read full post

Posted Aug 26, 2016 at 4:00 pm on ISS On-Orbit Status Report

Orion Heat Shield for Exploration Mission 1 Arrives at Kennedy Space Center

The heat shield that will protect the Orion crew module during re-entry after the spacecraft’s first uncrewed flight atop NASA’s Space Launch System rocket in 2018 arrived at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Aug. 25. The heat shield arrived aboard NASA’s Super Guppy aircraft at Kennedy’s Shuttle Read full post

Posted Aug 26, 2016 at 3:18 pm on Kennedy Space Center

SpaceX Dragon Splashes Down in Pacific Ocean

SpaceX's Dragon cargo craft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean at 11:47 a.m. EDT, approximately 326 miles west of Baja California, marking the end of the company's ninth contracted cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station for NASA. Following splashdown, Dragon will be recovered from the ocean and put on Read full post

Posted Aug 26, 2016 at 12:08 pm on Space Station

Robotic Arm Releases SpaceX Dragon for Splashdown

The SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft was released from the International Space Station's robotic arm at 6:11 a.m. EDT. The capsule will begin a series of departure burns and maneuvers to move beyond the 656-foot (200-meter) "keep out sphere" around the station for its return trip to Earth. The capsule is Read full post

Posted Aug 26, 2016 at 6:18 am on Space Station

Watch Robotic Arm Release SpaceX Dragon Friday Morning

NASA Television will provide live coverage of the departure of the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft from the International Space Station beginning at 5:45 a.m. EDT. Dragon was detached from the Earth-facing side of the station's Harmony module last night by robotics controllers who maneuvered Dragon into place for its release under Read full post

Posted Aug 25, 2016 at 10:30 pm on Space Station

ISS Daily Summary Report – 08/25/2016

SpaceX (SpX)-9 Unberth: The crew packed critical items and egressed the vehicle in preparation for Dragon departure.  Dragon was unberthed from the ISS via ground commanding at 4 PM CDT today. The vehicle will be maneuvered via ground commanding to an overnight park position in preparation for release tomorrow at Read full post

Posted Aug 25, 2016 at 4:00 pm on ISS On-Orbit Status Report

Atlas V Team Conducts Wet Dress Rehearsal

OSIRIS-REx Atlas V Wet Dress Rehearsal

The booster and Centaur upper stage of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V vent gaseous propellant during a “wet dress rehearsal” test at Space Launch Complex 41 on Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The rocket will boost NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft on its way to the asteroid Bennu. Short for Read full post

Posted Aug 25, 2016 at 3:46 pm on Kennedy Space Center

Atlas V Team Conducts Wet Dress Rehearsal

Atlas V rolled out of the VIF at Pad 41 for a wet dress rehearsal, for the upcoming launch of OSIRIS-REx.

The booster and Centaur upper stage of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V vent gaseous propellant during a “wet dress rehearsal” test at Space Launch Complex 41 on Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The rocket will boost NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft on its way to the asteroid Bennu. Short for Read full post

Posted Aug 25, 2016 at 3:45 pm on OSIRIS-REx Mission

Dragon Packed for Friday Morning Departure and Splashdown

The SpaceX Dragon cargo craft has been packed with science experiments and gear for return to Earth and analysis by NASA engineers. Robotics controllers on the ground will maneuver the Canadarm2 to detach Dragon from the Harmony module Thursday afternoon. Astronauts Takuya Onishi and Kate Rubins will command Canadarm2 to release Read full post

Posted Aug 25, 2016 at 12:28 pm on Space Station