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

United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 41 with its payload of Orbital ATK's S.S. Rick Husband Cygnus spacecraft. Photo Credit: Lloyd Behrendt / Blue Sawtooth Studio

Photo Credit: Lloyd Behrendt / Blue Sawtooth Studios

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.

The mission encountered a few ‘bumps’ on the road to orbit; however, when all was said and done, United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V 401 successfully sent the S.S. Rick Husband Cygnus spacecraft on its way to the orbiting lab. SpaceFlight Insider encountered its own share of bumps during this mission – but we too persevered. We hope you enjoy this video compilation.

Video courtesy of SpaceFlight Insider with ULA & Orbital ATK clips


Jason Rhian spent several years honing his skills with internships at NASA, the National Space Society and other organizations. He has provided content for outlets such as: Aviation Week & Space Technology,, The Mars Society and Universe Today.

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