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News Archive / Tagged: Cygnus

  • Technical issues postpone launch of ULA Atlas V with OA-7 mission to ISS

    Jason RhianMarch 22nd, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — United Launch Alliance (ULA) announced on Wednesday, March 22, that the seventh flight of a Cygnus spacecraft to the International Space Station had been postponed.

  • Launch of OA-7 Cygnus mission slips to NET March 27

    Jason RhianMarch 20th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — United Launch Alliance (ULA) needs a bit more time before sending Orbital ATK's S.S. John Glenn OA-7 Cygnus spacecraft on its way to the International Space Station (ISS). This is according to a March 20, 2017, announcement made by ULA on its website.

  • ULA: OA-7 confirmed for launch on March 24, WGS-9 set for March 18

    Jason RhianMarch 16th, 2017

    ULA and NASA noted on March 15 that the seventh flight of Orbital ATK's Cygnus spacecraft was now confirmed for March 24. Interestingly, ULA has requested the option to launch the day prior on March 23, pending Eastern Range availability. The move of the launch date for OA-7 as well as WGS-9 denotes the packed launch schedule at Florida's Space Coast.

  • Atlas V technical issue delays OA-7 Cygnus flight to NET March 21

    Derek RichardsonMarch 10th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The launch of Orbital ATK’s S.S. John Glenn OA-7 Cygnus spacecraft has been postponed by two days to March 21, 2017, due to a technical issue discovered on the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V set to send the freighter toward the International Space Station (ISS).

  • Orbital ATK names next Cygnus after John Glenn

    Derek RichardsonMarch 10th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Orbital ATK announced it has named the next Cygnus spacecraft to be sent to the International Space Station after former astronaut and U.S. Senator John Glenn, who died on Dec. 8, 2016, at the age of 95.

  • NASA studying farming in space to support trips to Mars

    Bart LeahyFebruary 17th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — Children might not want to hear this, but, if they want to be the first astronaut on Mars, they’ll need to eat their vegetables. To account for that painful truth, NASA has several space farming projects to ensure people living and working in space get fresh green stuff as part of their diet.

  • PCM for OA-7 mission arrives at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center

    Jason RhianJanuary 13th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Orbital ATK's next Cygnus spacecraft, tapped to carry out the OA-7 cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station, has arrived at the Space Station Processing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

  • Cargo ships, expandables and spacewalks, oh my: ISS in 2016

    Derek RichardsonDecember 31st, 2016

    Between cargo ships servicing the outpost and spacewalks to maintain it, 2016 was arguably one of the busiest years for the International Space Station (ISS) since the end of the Space Shuttle era.

  • Cygnus departs ISS, prepares for SAFFIRE experiment

    Derek RichardsonNovember 21st, 2016

    After spending a month attached to the International Space Station, Orbital ATK’s OA-5 Cygnus was detached and released by the robotic Canadarm2 in the morning hours of Nov. 21.

  • Strength in diversity: OA-7 to fly on ULA Atlas V 401 from Cape Canaveral

    Jason RhianNovember 5th, 2016

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Orbital ATK will use an Atlas V 401 rocket to launch the OA-7 Cygnus spacecraft to the ISS. According to representatives of the company, the mission could take place as soon as the middle of next year and highlights that the diversity of NASA's Commercial Resupply Program is its strength.

  • Reflections on the launch of OA-5: Infinite Blue

    Jason RhianOctober 24th, 2016

    WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. — On Monday, Oct. 10, as I sit at Orlando International Airport, I was left wondering which gods I had offended. This was one of only a handful of trips SpaceFlight Insider had opted to undertake in 2016, and it was off to a less than auspicious start.

  • Orbital ATK’s OA-5 Cygnus spacecraft arrives at the ISS

    Curt GodwinOctober 23rd, 2016

    Nearly a week after its launch, Orbital ATK's Cygnus spacecraft berthed with the International Space Station (ISS) on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016, at 10:53 a.m. EDT (14:53 GMT), 250 miles (402 kilometers) above the Indian Ocean. The capsule is now attached to the nadir (Earth-facing) port on the station's Unity module.

  • Photo Gallery: Light, shadow and fog – the flight of OA-5

    Jason RhianOctober 23rd, 2016

    WALLOPS FLIGHT FACILITY, Va. — Covering any launch is a challenge for even experienced photojournalists. Throw in a night launch, one shrouded in fog, and that challenge is one only the most skilled professionals would even attempt. SpaceFlight Insider presents – the flight of the S.S. Alan Poindexter atop an Orbital ATK Antares 230.

  • SFI LIVE: Launch Coverage of Orbital ATK Antares 230 with OA-5 Cygnus

    Jason RhianOctober 17th, 2016

    WALLOPS FLIGHT FACILITY, Va. — Orbital ATK is preparing to launch an Antares 230 rocket with the OA-5, S.S. Alan Poindexter Cygnus spacecraft to the International Space Station this evening. SpaceFlight Insider's live webcast will begin at 7:30 p.m. EDT (23:30 GMT). The launch window is scheduled to open at 8:03 p.m. EDT (00:03 GMT on Oct. 17) and extend for 5 minutes.

  • Antares launch postponed 24 hours

    Derek RichardsonOctober 16th, 2016

    The launch of Orbital ATK's Antares 230 rocket will have to wait another 24 hours. The company announced a ground support equipment cable did not perform as expected during the pre-launch check out.