Category Archives: Cygnus

End of OA-5 mission

Orbital ATK Cygnus OA-5 SS Alan Pointdexter finished its mission in dense layers of atmosphere on November 27. It has spent in space 40 days since reaching orbit on atop of Antares 230 on October 17. It was successful month in space for SS Alan Pointdexter. In spite of fact of delivering over 2300 kg…
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Atlas V with Cygnus in 2017 !

After troubles with Falcon-9 FT, which caused delay with Dragon spacecraft cargo missions, Orbital ATK seemed to be Deus ex machina with their Antares 230. But due the same reason it seems, that again Orbital ATK will have to rely on Atlas V launch vehicle. According to latest news Orbital ATK is going to resume cooperation…
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OA-5 berthed to ISS !

S.S. Alan Pointdexter, first Cygnus spacecraft launched on atop of Antares rocket after two years break, finally reached International Space Station. It was lucky flight for Orbital ATK - Cygnus returned for operating with its launch vehicle, Antares 230 rocket after two years of using Atlas V rocket. In spite of delay of the launch…
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Cygnus OA-6 finished its mission !

Orbital ATK could be proud of their Cygnus spacecraft. After resupply mission and undocking from ISS, it performed successfully various tasks including controlled fire experiment inside its trunk. Cygnus OA-6 "Rick Husband" spent on orbit last three months (since March 26, 2016) being docked to Unity module berthing port. After undocking performed on June 15,…
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Antares delayed, possible timeframe covers August 2016

It seems that Orbital ATK would like to prepare as best as possible first launch of their heaviest rocket Antares. After almost two years break launch of their heaviest rocket will be probably delayed. Upgrading Antares with new engines was one of most important plans of Orbital ATK for 2016. After disaster on 28 October 2014, when…
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Morning docking – Cygnus delivered 3400 kg of supplies to ISS !

Cygnus automatic cargo spacecraft, SS "Rick Husband", reached International Space Station after lasting 72 hours space journey. It was first mission realized under CRS contract by Orbital ATK in 2016. OA-6 mission was previously scheduled for February 2016, but due the spotted cargo contamination, mission was delayed to March 22, 2016. After successful launch by…
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Cygnus launched successfully !

Yesterday according to EDT time or today according to GMT time, Cygnus with supplies for ISS was launched from SCL-41 on Cape Canaveral. Spacecraft reached space and is continuing autonomous flight to International Space Station. Orbital ATK and United Launch Alliance were targeting with launch to 03:05 GMT on 23rd March 2016. Punctually at 03:05 GMT…
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Cygnus ready for OA-6 !

Today Orbital ATK Cygnus SS "Rick Husband" automatic spacecraft will be launched on atop of Atlas rocket (401 configuration) to International Space Station. CRS mission OA-6 - deliver supplies for six crew members. Start of the Atlas rocket is planned for 03:05 GMT with 30 minutes launch window, 23rd March 2016. Start will be performed from Cape Canaveral…
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