Enhanced Cygnus Spacecraft Delivered Largest Commercial Cargo Load to
Company on Track for Fifth Cygnus Mission in March
DULLES, Va.Feb. 22, 2016--
Orbital ATK, Inc. (NYSE:OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense
technologies, today announced the successful completion of its fourth
cargo delivery mission (OA-4) to the International Space Station (ISS),
including the initial demonstration flight and three operational
missions under NASA s Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract.
Orbital ATK s Cygnus spacecraft delivered 7,700 pounds of cargo to the
ISS, the largest cargo shipment to date by a commercial company.
The company is now preparing for its next cargo mission in March from
Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, using its enhanced Cygnus
spacecraft to deliver vital supplies and experiments to the ISS. Two
additional CRS missions scheduled later this year will launch aboard the
company s upgraded Antares rocket from NASA s Wallops Flight Facility in
The Cygnus spacecraft that carried out the OA-4 mission unberthed from
the ISS on February 19, completing a 72 day stay at the orbiting
laboratory. Prior to its departure, the astronauts loaded the cargo
module with approximately 3,000 pounds (over 1,400 kilograms) of items
for disposal. Cygnus performed a safe, destructive reentry into the
Earth s atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean east of New Zealand on
February 20 at approximately 11:00 a.m. (EST), marking the successful
conclusion of the mission.
Orbital ATK made history with the OA-4 mission, delivering a record
amount of cargo by a commercial system to the ISS, said Frank
Culbertson, President of Orbital ATK s Space Systems Group. From launch
to our safe reentry, the entire Orbital ATK team performed flawlessly on
every phase of this mission. We now turn our efforts toward final
preparations for the next Cygnus cargo mission in March with a continued
focus on supporting the needs of the crew members aboard the ISS.
The OA-4 mission began on December 6, 2015, when a United Launch
Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket launched Cygnus into orbit from Cape
Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. Cygnus berthed with the ISS three
days later, successfully delivering vital supplies and science
experiments to the astronauts onboard.
Preparations are well underway for the company s next CRS mission, known
as OA-6. The Cygnus pressurized cargo and service modules for OA-6 have
been mated and are being processed at NASA s Kennedy Space Center for
integration with the ULA Atlas V rocket. Cygnus is scheduled to launch
aboard the Atlas V in March from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station,
Florida. Orbital ATK and ULA are targeting a launch date of March 22 for
the mission pending final approval from the Eastern Range.
Following OA-6, Orbital ATK plans to resume cargo resupply missions with
its enhanced Cygnus spacecraft and upgraded Antares launch vehicle from
the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) located at NASA s Wallops
Flight Facility in eastern Virginia. At least two CRS missions, OA-5 and
OA-7, are scheduled to launch from MARS in the second and fourth
quarters of this year.
By the end of 2018, Orbital ATK is scheduled to have completed 10 CRS
missions and delivered approximately 59,000 pounds (26,800 kilograms) of
cargo to the ISS. Beginning in 2019, the company will begin carrying out
a minimum of six initial cargo missions under the recently awarded CRS-2
contract, continuing to support the needs of crew members aboard the ISS
with mission success and schedule certainty.
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.
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Source: Orbital ATK, Inc.
Orbital ATK Space Systems Group
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