Cygnus Cargo Capsule

One of the most logistically complex projects being undertaken inspaceflight is gaining momentum. Orbital Sciences is starting hardwaretesting for the Taurus II rocket it is developing as part of NASA‘s bid to draft private companies into its effort to replace the launch capacity that will be lost when the Space Shuttle fleet is retired in a year’s time.

To build the Cygnus cargo capsule, Orbital has placed its largest-everorder with Thales Alenia Space, for the nine pressurised modules itwill use for a March 2011 Taurus II-Cygnus demonstration mission to theInternational Space Station Read more…



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