Thursday, September 17, 2015

NASA report says rocket maker Orbital isn’t ready for space station missions

Private spaceflight company Orbital Sciences has set a timeline for rocket launches that is too ambitious — and it's doubtful the company will launch again on time, according to NASA's inspector general. The space agency's Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a scathing report today criticizing the flight plans of Orbital — the company that, along with SpaceX, holds a contract with NASA to launch cargo to the station. The inspector general analyzed Orbital's strategy for returning to flight after the company's rocket exploded during a routine mission last year.

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