S.S. J.R. Thompson Delivers Approximately 7,400 Pounds of Cargo and
Cygnus Scheduled For Seven Week Stay at Orbiting Laboratory
DULLES, Va.May 24, 2018--
Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense
technologies, today announced that the S.S. J.R. Thompson CygnusTM
spacecraft successfully completed its rendezvous and berthing maneuvers
with the International Space Station earlier this morning. This marks
the company s ninth successful berthing with the orbiting laboratory.
The International Space Station s robotic arm is seen grappling Orbital ATK s Cygnus spacecraft on May 24, 2018. Credit: NASA TV
Cygnus launched into orbit aboard an Orbital ATK Antares rocket at
NASA s Wallops Flight Facility on May 21. The spacecraft then executed a
series of thruster burns over the next couple of days to raise its orbit
and reach the space station. Once Cygnus was in close range, crew
members grappled the spacecraft with the station s robotic arm at 5:26
a.m. EDT. Cygnus was then guided to its berthing port on the nadir side
of the station s Unity module and officially installed to the space
station at 8:13 a.m. EDT.
Against the backdrop of a flawless rendezvous and berthing, Cygnus once
again demonstrated its ability to perform as a trusted and valued
mission partner to NASA and the crew on the International Space
Station, said Frank Culbertson, President of Orbital ATK s Space
Systems Group. Once we finish delivering vital supplies and scientific
equipment, our work continues after departure with the deployment of
several CubeSats. These secondary missions further highlight the
flexibility and versatility of Cygnus beyond cargo delivery and
Cygnus arrived at the station with approximately 7,400 pounds (3,350)
kilograms) of cargo, supplies and scientific experiments. The crew is
now scheduled to open Cygnus's hatch and make initial ingress into the
cargo module to begin unloading the pressurized cargo. Cygnus will
remain docked at the station for seven weeks before departing with up to
7,100 pounds (approximately 3,200 kilograms) of disposable cargo.
After departure, a NanoRacks deployer will release six CubeSats. Upon
completion of this secondary mission, Cygnus will perform a safe,
destructive reentry into Earth s atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean.
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. Beginning in 2019, Orbital ATK will carry
out a minimum of six initial cargo missions under NASA s follow-on CRS-2
contract. This 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
In keeping with Orbital ATK s practice, the OA-9 spacecraft is named in
honor of those who made significant contributions to America s human
spaceflight programs. OA-9 is dedicated to J.R. Thompson, a
distinguished leader in the aerospace industry. Thompson directed the
operations of Orbital ATK s predecessor company, Orbital Sciences
Corporation for nearly 25 years and also served as NASA s Deputy
Administrator in Washington, D.C. from 1989-1991.
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 14,000 people across the U.S. and in several
international locations. For more information, visit www.orbitalatk.com.
Source: Orbital ATK
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