NASA launches ‘time-critical’ cargo to ISS in latest record-setting Antares launch [VIDEO]

Over the last 20 years, many unmanned cargo capsules have been launched to the International Space Station in low-earth orbit, but this may be the first “express” launch, using Northrop Grumman’s Antares rocket. When the NG-11 Cygnus cargo spacecraft (pictured at right) lifted off yesterday afternoon, from NASA’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on the Virginia coast, […]

Unmanned rocket delivers cargo to International Space Station successfully [VIDEO]

Northrop Grumman’s “S.S. John Young” Antares rocket successfully completed its mission to deliver 7,400 pounds of cargo and supplies to the International Space Station (ISS) over the weekend on Nov. 17, in conjunction with the 20th anniversary of the ISS. The Antares rocket lifted off from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport in Wallops Island, Virginia, at […]

U.S. Air Force considers adding military cargo space route

There are new cargo routes, and then there are the out-of-this-world ideas. A recent proposal being considered by the U.S. Air Force definitely fits in the latter category. “Think about this: 30 minutes, 150 metric tonnes, less than the cost of a C-5 [military aircraft],” said Gen. Carlton Everhart, the Air Force’s mobility commander, who […]

Russia breaks record for fastest space cargo mission [VIDEO]

Air cargo is supposed to be the fastest-possible delivery mode on the planet, but once you leave Earth, you have to hand it to the Russians. This week, Russia’s space program upped our standard for “express delivery,” shipping 3 tonnes of food, fuel and supplies to the International Space Station (ISS) in just 3 hours, […]

‘Cosmic Girl’ gets a second life

Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic subsidiary has re-purposed a 747-400 passenger aircraft, previously operated by Virgin Atlantic, and given it a chance to play a starring role in the special products cargo arena. Today it serves as a dedicated vehicle for LauncherOne, a small satellite launching operation. Check out this Virgin Galactic video below to […]

Could this be Amazon’s drone of the future?

Amazon is excited, even if the U.S. government is, so far, unmoved. Last weekend, just in time for Cyber Monday, the e-retailer released this video below of a new unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), or drone, which could be part of its future delivery system to get packages to customers in 30 minutes or less. In […]

The shape of airspace to come?

In July, at the NASA-AUVSI (Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems Inter­national) Unmanned Traffic Convention 2015, at NASA’s Ames Research Center, several drone systems operators presented their vision of what the skies would look like in a world full of approved cargo drones, and how these vehicles would be designed to avoid collisions and other mishaps. […]

FAA allows first drone delivery in U.S.

The first federally approved cargo delivery by an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) in the United States was completed successfully last week, transporting nine pounds of medical supplies. The July 17 exercise, in partnership with NASA, made three three-minute flights from Lonesome Pine Airport, in Virginia, to a clinic at the Wise County Fairgrounds, about two […]

Competition for space cargo heats up

After four years of intensely competitive research and engineering, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has finally chosen the two aeronautics firms that will once again launch American astronauts and their cargo into space – or has it? Although NASA announced on Sept. 16 that Boeing and SpaceX were awarded a $6.8 billion contract […]
  • September 29, 2014