Cygnus Departs International Space Station Today After Successfully
Delivering and Removing Vital Cargo
The S.S. Rick Husband Begins Series of Experiments, Marking First
Time Cygnus Used as a Science Platform
DULLES, Va.Jun. 14, 2016--
Orbital ATK, Inc. (NYSE:OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense
technologies, today announced that the S.S. Rick Husband Cygnus
spacecraft successfully departed from the International Space Station at
9:30 a.m. EDT, completing an 81-day stay at the orbiting laboratory. The
mission, known as OA-6, began on March 22, 2016 when Cygnus launched
aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air
Force Station, Florida. Cygnus delivered 7,900 pounds (3,600 kilograms)
of cargo and science experiments to astronauts aboard the station. Prior
to its departure, the astronauts loaded the unmanned cargo module with
approximately 4,087 pounds (1,854 kilograms) of items for disposal.
Orbital ATK s fifth mission under NASA s Commercial Resupply Services-1
(CRS-1) contract now begins its second phase before the planned reentry
of Cygnus into Earth s atmosphere. Cygnus will conduct three, in-orbit
science experiments: the Spacecraft Fire Experiment-I (Saffire-I), the
deployment of five CubeSat satellites from the NanoRacks CubeSat
Deployer and the Reentry Breakup Recorder (REBR) test.
Cygnus had a successful, two-and-a-half-month stay at the International
Space Station, delivering vital cargo to the astronauts, said Frank
Culbertson, President of Orbital ATK s Space Systems Group. Now, the
work continues as we demonstrate expanded capabilities for Cygnus beyond
its core cargo delivery function. The next phase of this mission marks
the first time that Cygnus will serve as a research platform to support
science experiments that enable deep space exploration. Our ability to
conduct these tests further highlights the versatility and flexibility
that Cygnus offers to our customers.
The Spacecraft Fire Experiment-I (Saffire-I) will feature the first of
three tests to study the behavior of large fires in microgravity.
Following departure from the International Space Station, engineers will
remotely conduct the first Saffire experiment. Onboard Cygnus, the
experiment developed at NASA s Glenn Research Center with the support of
NASA s Advanced Exploration Systems Division will intentionally ignite
and record a large-scale fire that will grow and advance until it burns
Next, using a deployer provided by NanoRacks, the S.S. Rick Husband
will place five CubeSats into orbit to conduct their own autonomous
The final experiment to take place aboard Cygnus features the Reentry
Breakup Recorder (REBR). REBR will measure and record data during
Cygnus safe destructive reentry into Earth s atmosphere. The scheduled
date for reentry is June 22, officially ending the OA-6 mission.
Stay informed with real-time updates on the science experiments aboard
Cygnus through Orbital ATK s Twitter account: https://twitter.com/OrbitalATK.
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, Inc.
Vicki Cox, 410-409-8723
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