Tag: ISS

NASA Releases Redacted Commercial Crew Contracts

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WASHINGTON (NASA PR) — NASA released redacted versions of the contracts the agency signed with Boeing and SpaceX in September 2014 to begin the Commercial Crew Transportation Capability phase of final development and certification work. The contracts outline goals and obligations that both NASA and the providers agreed to, however, the focus of the agency’s involvement is not just in milestones but in the day-to-day work the NASA team is performing. The agency’s efforts revolve around understanding the providers’ designs and ensuring progress is being made toward meeting safety and performance requirements before crew flight tests and missions to the International Space Station.

- Boeing-CCtCap-Contract here.

- SpaceX-CCtCap-Contract here.

SpaceX CCtCap & CCiCap Milestones

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Dragon Version 2. (Credit: SpaceX)

Dragon Version 2. (Credit: SpaceX)

SpaceX CCiCAP Milestone Status
Milestones: 20
Milestones Completed: 18
Milestones Remaining: 2
Total Possible Award: $460 Million
Total Award to Date: $400 Million
Total Award Remaining: $60 Million

NO. DESCRIPTION ORIGINAL DATE
STATUS AMOUNT
11 Pad Abort Test. SpaceX will conduct a pad abort test of the Dragon spacecraft. The scenario where an abort is initiated while the CTS is still on the pad is a design driver for the launch abort system as it dictates the total impulse and also requires parachute deployment in close proximity to the ground. December 2013 Pending $30 Million
14 In-Flight Abort Test. SpaceX will conduct an in-flight abort test of the Dragon spacecraft. The in-flight abort test will supplement the pad abort test and complete the corners-of-the-box stress cases. The in-flight abort scenario represents a Dragon abort while under propulsive flight of the launch vehicle during the worst-case dynamic loads on the CTS. April 2014 Pending $30 Million
TOTAL REMAINING (OUT OF $460 MILLION): $60 Million

SpaceX CCtCap Milestone Status
Milestones: 18
Milestones Completed: 1
Milestones Remaining: 17

NO. DESCRIPTION DATE
STATUS
1 Certification Baseline Review (CBR) December 2014 Complete
2 Initial Propulsion Module Testing Complete April 2015
Pending
3 Avionics Test Bed Activation May 2015 Pending
4 Delta Critical Design Review (dCDR) June 2015 Pending
5 Docking System Qualification Testing Complete August 2015 Pending
6 Propulsive Land Landing Test Complete September 2015 Pending
7 Launch Site Operational Readiness Review November 2015 Pending
8 Flight Test without Crew Certification Review (FTCR)
December 2015 Pending
9 ECLSS Integrated Test Complete February 2016 Pending
10 Flight to ISS Without Crew March 2016 Pending
11 Parachute Qualification Complete April 2016 Pending
12 Space Suit Qualification Testing Complete May 2016 Pending
13 Launch Site Operational Readiness Review for Crew
June 2016 Pending
14 Design Certification Review (DCR) July 2016 Pending
15 Flight Test Readiness Review (FTRR)
September 2016 Pending
16 Flight to ISS with Crew
October 2016 Pending
17 Operations Readiness Review (ORR) January 2017 Pending
18 Certification Review (CR) April 2017 Pending

SpaceCom Forges Partnership With CASIS

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casis_new_logoALEXANDRIA, VA, March 3, 2015 (SpaceCom PR) – SpaceCom, the Space Commerce Conference and Exposition, today announced a new partnership with the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) for the November 17-19 event at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas.

In support of NASA’s goal to create a sustainable, commercial space market, SpaceCom will unite global business executives with international space leaders to explore ways for the medical, manufacturing, energy, communications, and transportation sectors to utilize space technologies and achieve competitive advantage. SpaceCom will also examine ways to optimize the use of the International Space Station (ISS) and other Low Earth Orbit (LEO) applications, as well as suborbital commercial activities.

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Bigelow Ready to Ship BEAM to Cape for Launch

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The BEAM module docked at the International Space Station. (Credit: NASA)

The BEAM module docked at the International Space Station. (Credit: NASA)

NASA and Bigelow Aerospace have scheduled a media availability next Thursday to mark the completion of all major milestones on the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM).

Reporters will have the opportunity to see and photograph the BEAM before it’s shipped to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida for launch to the International Space Station later this year. Robert Bigelow, president and founder of Bigelow Aerospace, and William Gerstenmaier, NASA’s associate administrator for Human Exploration and Operations, will conduct a joint question and answer session with media.

The demonstration of expandable space habitat technology supports NASA’s long-term exploration goals on its journey to Mars, for which the agency will need to develop a deep space habitat for human missions beyond Earth orbit.

The BEAM is scheduled to launch in the second half of this year aboard the eighth SpaceX cargo resupply mission to the station and be installed on the aft port of the station’s Tranquility node.

For more information about Bigelow Aerospace, visit:

http://www.bigelowaerospace.com

For more information about the BEAM, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/news/beam_feature.html

Space Development Alliance Lays Out Ambitious Agenda

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The new Alliance for Space Development (ASD) has set out an ambitious agenda for itself, with a set of objectives that include radically reducing the cost of getting to orbit and expanding NASA’s purpose to support the settlement of humanity off the Earth.

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NanoRacks Begins Deploying CubeSats From ISS Again

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CubeSat deployed from ISS. (Credit: NASA)

CubeSat deployed from ISS. (Credit: NASA)

HOUSTON, February 27th, 2015 (NanoRacks PR) - NanoRacks began deployment from the International Space Station (ISS) of the remainder of our Orb-2 CubeSat Mission which includes 12 Planet Labs Doves. Of these Doves, ten are the remainder of Flock-1B launched on Orb-2, and two are the new Flock-1D’ Doves, launched on SpaceX CRS-5.

This was NanoRacks first deployment attempt since recent on-orbit repairs and we are excited to announce a successful first deploy.

At 8:30 a.m. CST on Friday, February 27th, NanoRacks commanded one deployer, releasing two of the Planet Labs Flock 1B Doves to low Earth orbit. Deployment commands will continue to run through March 5, 2015 when the deployment window closes.

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Shackelton Signs MOU With CASIS for ISS Cargo Return System

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Shackelton Oryx return vehicle. (Credit: SEC)

Shackelton Oryx return vehicle. (Credit: SEC)

AUSTIN, Texas (SEC PR) – On 19 February 2015, the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Shackleton Energy Company (SEC) to design, develop and test in space a variety of new, highly capable reentry vehicles enabling on–demand, rapid return to Earth of time-critical experiments from Low Earth Orbit (LEO). CASIS was tasked by NASA in 2011 to manage the U.S. National Laboratory on the ISS.

SEC’s re-entry vehicles (technically described as Mini Space Brakes–MSBs) will be developed using novel aerobraking and flight dynamics control systems. The SEC team will leverage US federal technology investments and work closely with CASIS, NASA Centers, FAA, DoD and private partners to achieve its goals.

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Russia Looks to Extend ISS Operations to 2024 Before Splitting Off

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The International Space Station, backdropped by the blackness of space and the thin line of Earth's atmosphere. (Credit: NASA)

The International Space Station, backdropped by the blackness of space and the thin line of Earth’s atmosphere. (Credit: NASA)

The Russian space agency Roscosmos is looking to continue operations of the International Space Station (ISS) until 2024, giving a boost to NASA’s effort to extend the life of the facility from the current 2020 deadline.

However, Roscosmos’ Scientific and Technical Council (STC) said the space agency plans to remove the Russian elements of ISS in 2024 in order to form the basis of a separate space station. That decision would end NASA’s hope of extending station operations to 2028.

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Orbital Says It Won’t Conduct Demo Flight of Upgraded Antares Rocket

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A massive explosion occurred right after the Antares rocket hit the ground.

A massive explosion occurred right after the Antares rocket hit the ground.

Orbital ATK will  launch an upgraded version of its Antares launch vehicle next March with a full load of supplies for the International Space Station (ISS) next March without first conducting a qualification flight to test out the booster’s new first stage engines, officials announced this week.

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ESA’s ATV Program Ends With Fiery Reentry; Focus Shifts to Orion

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ATV-5 departs the International Space Station. (Credit: NASA)

ATV-5 departs the International Space Station. (Credit: NASA)

PARIS (ESA PR) — ESA’s fifth automated cargo ferry completed its mission to the International Space Station today when it reentered the atmosphere and burned up safely over an uninhabited area of the southern Pacific Ocean.

The end of the mission as the craft broke up as planned at about 18:04 GMT (19:04 CET) marks the end of the Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) programme. The programme has served the Station with the most complex space vehicle ever developed in Europe, achieving five launches in six years following its 2008 debut.

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