Mission to Deliver 5,300 Pounds of Cargo to Support Space Station
Cygnus Spacecraft Named S.S. Alan Poindexter In Honor of Former
DULLES, Va.Oct. 15, 2016--
Orbital ATK (NYSE:OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense
technologies, today announced it is prepared to launch the company s
AntaresTM rocket carrying its CygnusTM cargo
spacecraft. Pending completion of final vehicle testing and acceptable
local weather conditions, the Antares launch of the mission, designated
OA-5, will take place on October 16 with lift-off scheduled for 8:03
The OA-5 mission will be Orbital ATK s fifth operational cargo delivery
mission for NASA and marks the return of flight operations to NASA
Wallops Flight Facility in eastern Virginia. The Antares medium-class
rocket will boost Cygnus, carrying approximately 5,300 pounds (2,400
kilograms) of cargo to support the crew on the International Space
Station. The spacecraft is slated to rendezvous and berth with the
station on October 19, 2016.
Live coverage of the Antares launch and Cygnus berthing with the station
will be available on NASA Television at http://www.nasa.gov/ntv.
Details about the mission can be viewed at http://www.orbitalatk.com/news-room/feature-stories/OA5-Mission-Page.
Orbital ATK names each Cygnus spacecraft in honor of astronauts and
individuals who contributed to the United States commercial space
program. OA-5 is named after the late Alan Poindexter, who served as a
NASA astronaut, space shuttle commander and naval aviator, and who
participated in the construction of the International Space Station.
Cygnus will be launched into orbit using Orbital ATK s upgraded Antares
launch vehicle from Virginia Space s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad
0A on Wallops Island, Virginia, at NASA s Wallops Flight Facility. The
Antares vehicle features all-new RD-181 engines, which provide increased
performance to the Orbital ATK cargo delivery service.
After being launched into low-Earth orbit, the Cygnus spacecraft will
use its advanced maneuvering capability to transport the cargo from a
low parking orbit to the space station, where it will be grappled by the
crew using the station s robotic arm and berthed to the space station.
After the cargo is removed and disposal items are loaded, Cygnus will
depart from the station in mid-November.
Following departure, Cygnus will begin secondary OA-5 payload missions.
Cygnus will carry the Saffire II payload experiment to study combustion
behavior in microgravity onboard the spacecraft. NASA researchers will
receive data from this experiment via telemetry. In addition, a
NanoRacks deployer will release several cubesats used for weather
forecasting. These secondary payload operations will be conducted after
Cygnus is clear of the space station s orbit.
Under the CRS-1 contract with NASA, Orbital ATK will deliver
approximately 66,000 pounds (30,000 kilograms) of cargo to the
International Space Station through 2018. Beginning in 2019, Orbital ATK
will carry out a minimum of six initial cargo missions under NASA s
CRS-2 contract. The partnership is cultivating a robust American
commercial space industry, freeing NASA to focus on developing the
next-generation rocket and spacecraft that will enable humans to conduct
deep space exploration missions.
B-roll and animation footage for the mission can be found here: http://www.orbitalatk.com/news-room/bmc/#
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About Orbital ATK
Orbital ATK is a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies.
The company designs, builds and delivers space, defense and aviation
systems for customers around the world, both as a prime contractor and
merchant supplier. Its main products include launch vehicles and related
propulsion systems; missile products, subsystems and defense
electronics; precision weapons, armament systems and ammunition;
satellites and associated space components and services; and advanced
aerospace structures. Headquartered in Dulles, Virginia, Orbital ATK
employs approximately 12,000 people in 18 states across the U.S. and in
several international locations. For more information, visit www.orbitalatk.com.
Source: Orbital ATK
Trina Helquist, 801-699-0943
Vehicles Division Public Relations
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