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  • NASA Glenn researchers study results of Saffire-I experiment

    Michael ColeJuly 1st, 2016

    Researchers at NASA's Glenn Research Center are evaluating the results of the largest fire ever purposely set in space. The experiment called Saffire-I, which is a word-merger name for Spacecraft Fire Experiment, was conducted on June 14 inside a specially designed module aboard an Orbital ATK Cygnus cargo spacecraft.

  • SAFFIRE could provide valuable information for missions to Mars

    Jason RhianJune 23rd, 2016

    On Feb. 24, 1997, a fire broke out on the Russian space station Mir. Although the three crew members were able to get it under control, the incident could have resulted in the loss of the station as well as the crew. To prevent a repeat occurrence, NASA recently conducted the Saffire experiment to gain a better understanding of the dynamics of flame in space.

  • ULA releases OA-6 launch anomaly report, clears Atlas V for next flight

    Larry KlaesJune 17th, 2016

    When ULA's Atlas V rocket sent the OA-6 Cygnus cargo vessel, the S.S. Rick Husband, to the International Space Station (ISS) on March 22, 2016, mission controllers detected an anomaly as the rocket headed into low-Earth orbit with its several tons of important supplies and equipment for the astronauts aboard the station.

  • OA-6 Cygnus released, Saffire experiment set to begin

    Derek RichardsonJune 14th, 2016

    The S.S. Rick Husband Cygnus cargo ship was detached from the International Space Station (ISS) today after just over 11 weeks attached to the orbiting outpost. The spacecraft was commanded to be released at 8:30 a.m. CDT (12:30 GMT) on June 14 by NASA astronaut and ISS Commander Tim Kopra.

  • MUOS-5 mission delayed indefinitely due to problems encountered on OA-6 mission

    Jason RhianApril 9th, 2016

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — ULA announced on Friday, April 8, that the flight of the MUOS-5 satellite would be delayed from May 12 until an unspecified time. This latest slip was due to an in-flight anomaly encountered in the Atlas V 401 rocket that launched the OA-6 Cygnus spacecraft on its way to the ISS on March 22, 2016.

  • ULA: Anomaly on OA-6 mission originated in first stage fuel system

    Jason RhianApril 1st, 2016

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — ULA is investigating the cause of the premature first stage shutdown that occurred during the March 22, 2016, launch of Orbital ATK's S.S. Rick Husband (Cygnus) spacecraft; they state that the issue was tracked down to the Atlas V 401 first stage's fuel system.

  • SFI Launch Highlights: Atlas V lifts Orbital ATK’s OA-6 Cygnus to ISS

    Jason RhianMarch 30th, 2016

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A lot has to go exactly right for a mission to launch. The same is true in terms of getting video from the launch pad. The OA-6 mission got underway at the very opening of a roughly 30-minute window at 11:05 p.m. EDT (03:05 p.m. GMT) – lighting up the Florida skies and delivering an estimated 7,745 lbs (3,513 kg) of cargo and crew supplies to the International Space Station.

  • OA-6 Cygnus berthed to International Space Station

    Derek RichardsonMarch 26th, 2016

    After three days of travel to the International Space Station (ISS), the fifth Cygnus to visit the outpost was captured and berthed to the station early Saturday morning, delivering 7,756 pounds (3,518 kilograms) of food, supplies, and experiments.

  • OA-6 ascent anomaly causes delay of MUOS-5 mission

    Jason RhianMarch 26th, 2016

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The launch of the MUOS-5 satellite has been delayed a week from May 5 until May 12 pending the outcome of the investigation revolving around the in-flight anomaly encountered on the OA-6 mission on March 22. It is hoped that the extra week will provide engineers with the time needed to ensure that no issues are encountered on Tuesday's flight.

  • Heavyweight: ‘S.S. Rick Husband’ ferries Cygnus’ heaviest payload to date with OA-6

    Jason RhianMarch 23rd, 2016

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A ULA Atlas V 401 rocket, caused windows to rattle for miles around the Space Coast as the booster and S.S. Rick Husband Cygnus spacecraft ferried an estimated 7,756 lbs (3,518 kg) of cargo on its way to the ISS – the largest payload the spacecraft has sent aloft so far.

  • SFI LIVE: Launch Coverage of ULA Atlas V 401 with Orbital ATK’s OA-6 Cygnus

    Jason RhianMarch 22nd, 2016

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — ULA is preparing to launch an Atlas V 401 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s SLC 41 in Florida. The payload for this flight will be Orbital ATK’s S.S. Rick Husband Cygnus spacecraft to the International Space Station. SpaceFlight Insider's live webcast will begin at 10:30 p.m. EDT.

  • OA-6 mission set to conduct array of science and technology demonstrations

    Jason RhianMarch 16th, 2016

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — When the S.S. Rick Husband Cygnus spacecraft launches next week, it will not only deliver an estimated 7,756 lbs (3,518 kg) of supplies to the ISS. The OA-6 mission will also see the Cygnus spacecraft be used to conduct a scientific experiment of its own.

  • Insider Exclusive: Orbital ATK’s Dan Tani talks OA-6 Cygnus

    Jason RhianMarch 11th, 2016

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — Orbital ATK and NASA highlighted the progress made toward having the next CRS mission fly to the ISS during a media event held at the PHSF on March 8. During which the aerospace firm announced key details about the upcoming Cygnus spacecraft.