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NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) Program comes to fruition with Cygnus cargo spacecraft launch

 

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationHouston, TX – After a successful launch on Wednesday, September 18th, the Orbital Sciences’ Cygnus cargo spacecraft is approaching the International Space Station, signaling the coming completion of NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) Program.

The COTS program began back in 2006 with the vision of acquiring cargo resupply and astronaut transportation services to low-Earth orbit from commercial companies.

Artist rendering of Cygnus spacecraft approaching the International Space Station. (Courtesy of Orbital Sciences Corporation)

Artist rendering of Cygnus spacecraft approaching the International Space Station. (Courtesy of Orbital Sciences Corporation)

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Space Exploration Technologies Dragon spacecraft splashes in the Pacific and brings with it NASA Cargo from International Space Station

 

Written by Josh Byerly
NASA’s Johnson Space Center

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationHouston, TX – A Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) Dragon spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean at 2:22pm CDT Sunday a few hundred miles west of Baja California, Mexico. The splashdown successfully ended the first contracted cargo delivery flight contracted by NASA to resupply the International Space Station.

“With a big splash in the Pacific Ocean, we are reminded American ingenuity is alive and well and keeping our great nation at the cutting edge of innovation and technology development,” said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden.

The Dragon spacecraft is secured before being transported back to a SpaceX facility. (SpaceX)

The Dragon spacecraft is secured before being transported back to a SpaceX facility. (SpaceX)

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