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Posted by: Klaus Schmidt - Tue Feb 19, 2008 10:22 pm
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Post SFS News: NASA Selects Orbital To Demonstrate New ...   Posted on: Tue Feb 19, 2008 10:22 pm
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(Orbital) -- ISS Cargo System Includes New Cygnus Maneuvering Spacecraft, Interchangeable Cargo Modules and Taurus II Medium-Lift Launch Vehicle --

-- Initial COTS Demonstration Mission Scheduled for Fourth Quarter of 2010 --

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(Dulles, VA) – Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) announced today that it has been selected by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to demonstrate a new space transportation system for delivering cargo to the International Space Station (ISS). In a three-year, $320 million cooperative program, NASA will invest $170 million and Orbital will contribute $150 million (including its planned Taurus II launch vehicle development investment) in the Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) project. In its first phase, the COTS project will involve the development and flight demonstration of a commercial cargo delivery system to low Earth orbit with the potential to support ISS operations following the retirement of the Space Shuttle in 2010. This system will consist of a new advanced maneuvering spacecraft called Cygnus, along with several interchangeable modules for pressurized and unpressurized cargo, and will be launched on Orbital’s new Taurus II medium-lift rocket.

The COTS project is strategically important to both NASA and Orbital,â€


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Post    Posted on: Tue Feb 19, 2008 10:25 pm
That's a quite strange ISS in their picture *g*

Russian Segment missing.. a solar array on each side missing.. Japanese lab only partly there..


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Post    Posted on: Wed Feb 20, 2008 3:36 pm
cargo only. They seem to be relying on Dragon as the manned component.


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Post    Posted on: Wed Feb 20, 2008 5:09 pm
The manned component as far as I remember is not part of COTS, it was only considered an option for a the later "real" contract to develop then a manned capability.

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Post    Posted on: Mon Feb 25, 2008 11:42 am
I wish them much better luck than Rocketplane/Kistler guys.

On the other hand, I think that RpK guys will do just fine on their own. They had their vehicle 75% complete in the early 2000s, they will still have the same in the early 2010s. That may be actually their business plan. Not to catch a rabbit, but to chase it. :)

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