Tag Archives: Cygnus

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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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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Cygnus unberthed with last task-Saffire experiment already started !

Cygnus OA-6 "Rick Husband" was unberthed yesterday from International Space Station and started its last task-Saffire experiment covering research on fire in low gravity conditions. Unberthing finished lasting three month space journey of Orbital ATK Cygnus, which was part of the OA-6 resupply mission performed under CRS contract. Mission started from launching Cygnus on atop…
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ISS prepared for return of Soyuz TMA-19M !

On June 6, 2016, International Space Station performed successful orbit correction before planned for 18th June 2016. Changing orbit was necessary before planned for 18th June 2016 undocking and return to Earth of members of Expedition 47: NASA astronaut Timothy Kopra, ESA astronaut Tim Peake, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko from Roscosmos. New orbital position is…
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Antares after static test-Orbital ATK prepares for resuming flights

On May 31, 2016, first stage of Orbital ATK Antares rocket passed static fire test of first stage. Test was performed in NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility. This was first time for Antares to visit Wallops Island in Virginia since disaster on 28 October 2014. Rocket was delivered to Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) Pad 0A which is placed…
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Flocks in space – 16 Cubesats starts space mission from Kibo module

Tonight International Space Station crew will finish deploying 16 Flock Cubesat satellites from Kibo module. After inflating BEAM module on Saturday and monitoring air pressure and possible leaks inside new module, crew of ISS started this week with deploying fleet of 16 Cubesat satellites. Since Monday 30 May, 2016, crew members are deploying Flock nanosatellites belonging to…
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We have a record – 100 000 orbits by International Space Station !

Small celebration on International Space Station - ISS broke Mir space station record, which before it’s decommissioning, reached number of 86331 orbits. International Space Station passed yesterday in the morning 100000th orbit. It is historical moment for remaining in space since launch of first module Zarya (which was launched on atop of Proton rocket on 20 November 1998)…
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Antares static test fire maybe next week !

Orbital ATK is still continuing development of their in house designed launch vehicle - Antares rocket; Company is considering July 2016 as most possible date for first launch since disaster in 2014. Antares failed launch which took place on 28 October 2014 in Wallops Flight Facility did not stopped participation of Orbital ATK in Commercial Resupply Service…
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Dragon docked, CRS-8 finished with success

Today SpaceX Dragon docked securely to International Space Station Harmony module. It is third visit of the spacecraft on ISS during last two weeks. At 11:31 GMT Dragon reached 63 m distance and started final approach to keeping point on 30 m from flying over South Africa International Space Station. Reaching keeping point was estimated…
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