Expendable Launch Vehicles
ESC supports the missions of expendable launch vehicles, which are primarily used to launch science missions or carry astronauts to the space station, by providing communications services. These spacecraft are called expendable launch vehicles because they are designed to be used only once.
ESC supports the following commercial spacecraft and missions:
NASA’s Commercial Crew and Commercial Resupply programs are working to empower American industry partners to develop and operate a new generation of spacecraft and technology capable of delivering both people and supplies to low-Earth-orbit targets, such as the International Space Station.
Atlas V (United Launch Alliance) Delta II (United Launch Alliance) Delta IV (United Launch Alliance) H-IIB (JAXA/Mitsubishi) Vega (ESA and Italian Space Agency, Arianespace)