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Cygnus cargo spacecraft

Cygnus cargo spacecraft

Orbital Sciences Corp. originally developed the Cygnus cargo spacecraft as part of a joint research and development initiative with NASA. Cygnus consists of a common Service Module (SM) and a Pressurized Cargo Module (PCM).

Antares rocket

Antares rocket

The Antares medium-class launch vehicle represents a major increase in the payload launch capability that Orbital can provide to NASA, the U.S. Air Force and commercial customers compared to its heritage small-class space launch vehicles such as Pegasus, Taurus and Minotaur. The Antares rocket can launch spacecraft weighing up to 14,000 pounds (6,400 kilograms) into low-Earth orbit, as well as lighter-weight payloads into higher-energy orbits.

Learjet

Learjet 85 from Bombardier Aerospace

The Learjet 85 business aircraft features a flight deck that combines advanced technology with superior design elements for a cockpit environment unlike any other midsize jet, according to Bombardier Aerospace officials. 

K-MAX

Lockheed Martin Corp. and Kaman Aerospace Corporation have transformed Kaman’s proven K-MAX® power lift helicopter into an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) capable of autonomous or remote controlled cargo delivery. Its mission: battlefield cargo resupply for the U.S. military.

NASA

A look inside NASA’s Morpheus lander

Project Morpheus tests NASA automated, and even autonomous, landing and hazard-detection and -avoidance technology, as well as a novel spacecraft engine that runs on liquid oxygen and methane, considered “green” propellants.

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