Cygnus Carries NanoRacks Payloads to Space Station

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va., November 12, 2017 (Orbital ATK PR) – Early this morning, the Orbital ATK CRS-8 (OA-8) launch carried another historic NanoRacks mission to the International Space Station (ISS). With a completely full NanoRacks External Cygnus Deployer (ENRCSD), a virtual reality camera, and educational research, this mission marks over 600 NanoRacks payloads delivered to the ISS since 2009.

This mission is enabling a unique virtual reality opportunity with National Geographic’s VUZE camera. Integrated and launched via NanoRacks, VUZE will allow for the recording of the new National Geographic series “One Strange Rock,” in which the astronaut crew will record a series of virtual reality pieces for incorporation into a larger documentary about natural history and the solar system. This is National Geographic’s first time launching with NanoRacks.


ISS U.S. National Lab Payloads Prepped for Orbital ATK CRS-8 Launch

SS John Glenn near the International Space Station. (Credit: NASA)

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL., November 2, 2017 (CASIS) The Orbital ATK Cygnus vehicle is slated to launch to the International Space Station (ISS) no earlier than November 11, 2017 from Wallops Flight Facility.

The Cygnus spacecraft will carry ISS National Laboratory payloads to conduct research across a variety of areas aimed at improving life on Earth. In addition to the diverse research launching to the ISS National Lab, multiple payloads focused on enabling future research missions will be part of the CRS-8 manifest. Thus far in 2017, the ISS National Lab has sponsored more than 100 separate experiments that have reached the station.


National Geographic, CASIS Partner on ISS Next-Gen Imaging Suite

 – The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) today announced a partnership with the National Geographic Society to utilize data produced on board the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory capable of developing images to inspire and educate from humankind’s greatest learning platform.


National Geographic to Produce Shows on Virgin Galactic, Space Diving

Sir Richard Branson (L) and Burt Rutan pose for a photo in front of the SpaceShip2 resting under the Mothership WhiteKnight2 inside a hangar in Mojave,Ca.
Sir Richard Branson (L) and Burt Rutan pose for a photo in front of the SpaceShip2 resting under the Mothership WhiteKnight2 inside a hangar in Mojave,Ca.

Variety reports that National Geographic has approved two space-related productions:

The four-episode “Virgin Galactic,” premiering in the spring, will depict Branson and engineer Burt Rutan’s efforts to create a business that will send 50,000 people into space over a 10-year period.

In addition, Nat Geo announced four specials for the coming year, including “Space Dive,” a two-hour BBC production telling the story of Felix Baumgartner’s attempt to set a height record for balloon travel that will be topped off by a jump to earth.

National Geographic Uses G-Force One to Film Station Identifications

National Geographic broadcasts ‘zero gravity’ idents
Design Week

“National Geographic is today broadcasting what it claims are the world’s first channel idents filmed in zero gravity, developed by Brothers & Sisters.The idents will be used as promos for National Geographic’s Space Week, launching in January.

“The advertising consultancy, which was commissioned in April on the strength of an existing relationship with National Geographic, travelled to Nevada to film ‘content-based idents’ in zero-gravity conditions on G-Force One, a specially-adapted Boeing 727 [owned by] Las Vegas-based company Zero Gravity Corporation.”