Posts Tagged ‘Cygnus’

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Antares readying for RTF with OA-5 Cygnus, waiting on a launch date


The Return To Flight (RTF) of Orbital ATK’s Antares rocket is currently waiting on a launch date decision, following resolution work after May’s Static Fire test. The launch,…

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Orbital ATK order nine additional Cygnus PCMs for ISS CRS missions


The role of the Cygnus spacecraft in resupply missions to the International Space Station (ISS) saw its long term future gain a boost on Monday, with a contract agreement…

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Return of Antares expected to target August launch with OA-5 Cygnus


Orbital ATK’s continuing preparations to return its Antares rocket to flight operations has resulted in an updated preliminary launch date in the August timeframe. The launch – involving…

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OA-6 Cygnus ends Space Station mission; prepares for post-release tests


Astronauts aboard the International Space Station have bid farewell to Orbital ATK’s Cygnus OA-6 spacecraft, the Rick Husband. Unberthing and separation operations began around 09:30 EDT (13:30 UTC)…

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Orbital ATK’s Antares rocket completes static fire at MARS


Orbital ATK has conducted a crucial step in the return of its Antares rocket to flight operations later this year from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport in Virginia. This…

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Orbital ATK unveils cislunar habitat plan, potential missions for SLS and Orion


Orbital ATK has unveiled preliminary plans to place a four-person habitat in cislunar space by 2020. The announcement during testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on…

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Cygnus completes ISS arrival as ULA investigate Atlas V launch


Orbital ATK’s Cygnus resupply ship has berthing at the International Space Station (ISS) on Saturday morning. Cygnus launched to orbit on its second ride on the United Launch Alliance Atlas…

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OA-6 Cygnus launched to the ISS via Atlas V


Beginning its sixth flight Tuesday night, Orbital ATK’s Cygnus spacecraft lifted off atop an Atlas rocket to begin a two-month mission to the International Space Station. Liftoff of…

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OA-4 Cygnus ends ISS mission with high praise and success


Orbital ATK’s Cygnus spacecraft, the “Deke Slayton II”, has completed unberthing and separation operations from the International Space Station following a highly successful OA-4 Return To Flight mission….

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Orbital ATK OA-6 mission to debut new science objectives for company


While Orbital ATK’s first Enhanced Cygnus spacecraft performs well at the International Space Station, the company is looking ahead to its next mission, the OA-6 resupply flight that,…

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Orbital ATK ready for Antares’ second life


Orbital ATK managers have finalized their procedures related to the newly upgraded Antares launch vehicle in readiness for upcoming missions to help deliver their Cygnus spacecraft on resupply…

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NASA awards CRS2 contracts to SpaceX, Orbital ATK, and Sierra Nevada


NASA has announced the contract award winners for the Commercial Resupply Services 2 (CRS2) phase of the agency’s ongoing partnership with commercial companies for cargo resupply of the International…

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Orbital ATK prepares for OA-6 Cygnus prior to Antares return


While the OA-4 Cygnus enjoys the berthed phase of her mission, Orbital ATK managers are already deep into parallel planning work with the Cygnus cargo resupply flight. The…

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Year In Review, Part 4: SpaceX and Orbital ATK recover and succeed in 2015


For the two commercial companies contracted with NASA for cargo resupply of the International Space Station, 2015 could have been a year marked entirely by the risk that eventually…

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Berthing Complete: OA-4 Cygnus arrives at the ISS


Orbital ATK’s “S.S. Deke Slayton II” Cygnus spacecraft has completed rendezvous and proximity operations with the International Space Station (ISS), allowing for capture and berthing following a two…

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Cygnus returns to space via Atlas V launch


Orbital ATK’ Cygnus resupply spacecraft finally returned to flight on Sunday following weather scrubs over numerous recent attempts. Riding United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V rocket uphill a year…

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Cygnus trio to conduct tests into spacecraft fires


Three Orbital ATK Cygnus spacecraft are to play a major role in understanding the threat of a fire onboard a vehicle in space. The Saffire (Spacecraft Fire Safety…

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Enhanced Cygnus to help Orbital ATK meet CRS contract by 2017


The first flight of Orbital ATK’s Enhanced Cygnus resupply craft for the International Space Station is set to launch in December atop an Atlas V rocket. Helping Orbital ATK return…

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Orbital ATK make progress toward Return To Flight of Antares rocket


Following the loss of the CRS-3 resupply mission last October, Orbital ATK has made steady progress in repairing and rebuilding their ground facilities at Wallops and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport. Despite…

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Cygnus set for December Atlas V ride ahead of Antares return


Orbital ATK’s Cygnus spacecraft is set to return to International Space Station (ISS) resupply duties in December, hitching a ride on an Atlas V, prior to resuming operations…