|One of the Falcon 9's Merlin engines failed on the OTS-C1 mission.|
|Falcon 9 on launch pad|
SpaceX hopes to have the booster and capsule human-rated by mid-decade to provide commercial launch services to American astronauts - negating the need for the Russian Soyuz taxi service.
Meanwhile, Orbital Sciences Corporation hopes to forge forward with the launch of the Antares-Cygnus on its first operational mission to the International Space Station in April 2013 providing the second commercial space launch firm to boost cargo and supplies to space.
By 2015, the European Space Agency will discontinue the Automated Transfer Vehicle or ATV cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station ceding the runs to the two American commercial space launch firms. The ATV technology will be transferred to the development of a service module for NASA's new Orion human-rated spacecraft. Orion is expected to make its first unmanned orbital test-flight atop a Delta-IV in 2014.