Italian Cygnus Module Arrives in America on Russian-Built Plane

…for launch aboard an American/Russian/Ukrainian rocket.

Space: it’s not just intergalactic, anymore. It’s international!

(OSC PR — Dulles, VA 25 August 2011) – Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB), one of the world’s leading space technology companies, today announced that the first pressurized cargo module (PCM) for its Cygnus™ cargo logistics spacecraft has arrived at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in eastern Virginia.


ESA, Thales Alenia Space to sign development contract for experimental reentry vehicle


On 20 July, ESA will sign a contract with Thales Alenia Space Italy for the development of the European Experimental Reentry Testbed (Expert).

Set for launch in 2010, Expert will provide aerothermodynamic tool validation on the basis of actual flight data for a number of physical phenomena encountered by space transportation vehicles during their reentry phase in Earth’s atmosphere. It will also improve European competence in atmospheric reentry and associated technologies.


Orbital Contracts with Thales to Build COTS Orbital Vehicle


Thales Alenia Space announced today the signing of a contract with Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) for the design, development, production and delivery of nine pressurized modules for cargo transport – to include equipment, spare parts, scientific experiments and other items – to the International Space Station (ISS). The contract foresees the first unit delivery in December 2010 and the last unit delivery in the middle of 2015.


Thales to Build ESA Re-entry Vehicle

IXV rendering (courtesy of CNES)
IXV rendering (courtesy of CNES)


The European Space Agency (ESA) and Thales Alenia Space have set the agreement for the authorization to proceed with the development of the atmospheric reentry demonstrator IXV (Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle).