Category Archives: Cygnus

Cygnus OA-8 delivered to orbit !

First success of Antares-230 in 2017; rocket delivered to orbit Orbital ATK Cygnus "Gene Cerman" to low earth orbit. Postponed from November 11 due the violation of safety zone around Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport launch was performed successfully today. Fourteenth mission from MARS LP-0A placed on Wallops Island  was also part of extension program. It let NASA to…
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OA-8 cargo mission to International Space Station postponed for 24 hours

Planned for 11:37 UTC today to launch of Antares rocket with OA-8 Cygnus robotic cargo spacecraft was postponed for Sunday, November 12 due the plane violating the restricted area. First in 2017 mission of Antares rocket seemed to reaching successful final, but in the last minute before igniting its two powerful RD-181 engines, mission control…
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Cygnus OA-7 delivered to orbit !

United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket in 401 version delivered to orbit Orbital ATK Cygnus robotic cargo spacecraft with resupply mission to International Space Station. Cygnus spacecraft reached space on the top of the flagship rocket of United Launch Alliance. Atlas V in 401 configuration (with four meter fairing, no boosters and single engine installed…
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Cygnus OA-7 mission delayed for at least two weeks

Launch was originally planned to March 9, but it was already postponed two times. Previously delay was caused by problems with one from hydraulic subsystems of the booster; ULA announced that Cygnus should be delivered to orbit on March 27. Now it seems that SLC-41 at Cape Canaveral will not be in use for at…
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Atlas V / OA-7 mission delayed due the problems with hydraulics subsystems

Mission of Orbital ATL Cygnus cargo spacecraft (OA-7), which was scheduled for  March 10, was postponed due the problems with the launch vehicle - United launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. New launch date was set to 21st March 2017 with "not earlier than" status. Mission was planned as commercial resupply flight, with Cygnus S.S. John…
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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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