COTS Demo Cygnus Spacecraft Mated at Wallops
The COTS Demonstration Cygnus spacecraft completed a milestone when its Pressurized Cargo Module (PCM) was attached to the Service Module (SM), and all mechanical flight connections were attached. This image was taken April 2, 2013.
Antares Conducts 'Hot Fire' Test
Orbital and the Antares team successfully conducted a "hot fire" test of the first stage propulsion system on Feb. 22, 2013.
Antares A-ONE Rocket On the Pad
The rocket was transported about one mile to the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) launch pad complex aboard the Transporter/Erector/Launcher (TEL), and was raised to a vertical position on the pad. Image taken April 6, 2013.
Antares A-ONE Rocket
The TEL raises the rocket to a vertical position on the launch pad and serves as a support interface between the rocket and the launch complex’s systems. Image taken April 6, 2013.
Antares Rocket Vertical
Antares Rocket on the launch pad. Orbital officials also hope the Antares rocket can serve other civilian and military customers as well. Image taken April 6, 2013.
Antares Rocket on the Launch Pad
Orbital announced that the target date for the A-ONE mission is April 17. Image taken April 6, 2013.
Senator Kaine Tours Wallops Flight Facility
U.S. Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia toured Wallops flight facility and got an up-close look at the rocket as he toured the HIF and met with NASA Wallops and Orbital employees. This image was taken April 4, 2013.
Cygnus Integration Begins at Wallops Flight Facility
Orbital has unpacked the Cygnus Service Module (SM) from its transfer trailer and has begun launch site integration testing following its journey from Orbital's Satellite Manufacturing Facility in Dulles, Va. Image released April 1, 2013.
First Cygnus Service Module Shipped to Wallops
Cygnus Service Module in its shipping container at Orbital’s Satellite Manufacturing Facility in Dulles, Va., just prior to departure for Wallops Flight Facility. Image released March 26, 2013.
First Cygnus Service Module Arrives at Wallops
Cygnus Service Module arriving at H-100, Wallops Flight Facility building H-100 on March 26, 2013.