| Apr 29, 2014
| 3:41 PM
Orbital Sciences Corp. and Alliant Techsystems Inc. said Tuesday that they plan to merge in a $5 billion deal, creating a new aerospace and defense company called Orbital ATK Inc. that will employ 4,000 people in Maryland and Northern Virginia.
| Dec 17, 2013
| 2:18 PM
UPDATE: The mission has been postponed because of repairs needed to a pump on the International Space Station, according to NASA. Crew members aboard the space station are slated to take space walks Dec. 21, 23 and 25 to replace the pump, used to keep...
| Sep 23, 2013
| 3:00 AM
This week, a commercial "freighter" rocket that began its journey into space last Wednesday about 35 miles south of Ocean City is due to dock with the International Space Station, delivering 1,300 pounds of cargo. It will eventually be loaded up with...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 9:01 AM
A private contractor is launching a NASA mission into space bound for the moon, and it will be visible in the night sky across hundreds of miles of the Northeast on Friday, including all across Maryland.
NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment...
| Apr 18, 2013
| 7:57 AM
A commercial rocket launch that was scheduled for Wednesday but aborted has been pushed to Friday, at the earliest.
The next attempt is "tentatively" set for Friday, assuming that issues forcing the delay are resolved, according to Orbital Sciences...
| Apr 22, 2013
| 8:16 AM
Spot the International Space Station moving across the night sky this week. Chances arise the next three nights, but the best viewing opportunity Wednesday is possible to coincide with rain and thunderstorms.
Look tonight at 8:59 p.m., Tuesday at 9:45...
| Apr 16, 2013
| 9:18 AM
A privately owned rocket that is part of efforts to grow the commercial space industry will launch from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on Wednesday evening, and it will be visible from Maryland.
Orbital Sciences Corp., a Dulles, Va.-based...
| Jun 25, 2011
| 7:18 AM
If skies are clear and all goes well Tuesday evening, observers throughout Maryland and much of the Mid-Atlantic region should be able to watch a big rocket launch from Virginia's Wallops Island.
The Air Force will attempt to launch a battlefield imaging...
| May 19, 2012
| 3:00 AM
If all goes as planned, sometime this morning a spacecraft will blast off from its launchpad in Cape Canaveral, Fla., and ride a fiery plume of contrails upward through the pre-dawn darkness to begin a two-week journey to the International Space Station...
| May 22, 2012
| 12:55 PM
Space Exploration Technologies is vying to be the first private company to send a spacecraft to the International Space Station, and its mission got off to a successful start with a launch this morning.
A Dragon spacecraft launched from the company's...
| May 20, 2009
| 4:22 PM
Orbital Sciences Corp. finally got its Minotaur 1 rocket (below, left) off the ground at the NASA Wallops Flight Facility yesterday evening. It carried an Air Force TacSat-3 technology satellite, a NASA biotech satellite and three other 'birds' to orbit....
| Jul 30, 2003
WASHINGTON - NASA has formally notified the three contractors working on the orbital space plane project that the agency wants the companies to push toward a new deadline of 2008.
When the project was proposed late last year, the plan was to have a...