S.S. Gene Cernan Performs Flawlessly as In-Orbit Research Platform
While Attached to Space Station
Cygnus Sets New Records for Disposable Cargo Removal and Cubesat
DULLES, VirginiaDec. 18, 2017--
ATK (NYSE:OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense
technologies, today announced that its S. S. Gene Cernan Cygnus
spacecraft successfully completed its eighth cargo supply mission to the
International Space Station under NASA s Commercial Resupply Services
(CRS-1) contract. The mission, known as OA-8, achieved significant
milestones that further demonstrated the versatility and value of the
Cygnus spacecraft. Cygnus acted as an extension of the space station for
the first time by supporting science experiments inside the cargo module
while docked to the laboratory. The Cygnus spacecraft also removed
approximately 6,400 pounds (2,900 kilograms) of items for disposal,
marking the largest amount of material removed by the spacecraft during
its cargo resupply missions. The S. S. Gene Cernan then executed
flawlessly on secondary missions that included the deployment of a
record 14 cubesats into orbit from a NanoRacks cubesat deployer.
The OA-8 mission officially concluded on December 18 at 7:54 am EST when
Cygnus performed a safe, destructive reentry into the Earth s atmosphere
over the Pacific Ocean east of New Zealand. The spacecraft remained
docked for 22 days at the orbiting laboratory and departed the space
station on December 6.
From launch to a safe reentry, Cygnus exceeded expectations on every
aspect of this mission, said Frank Culbertson, President of Orbital
ATK s Space Systems Group. We made history by successfully hosting
science experiments for the first time while attached to the space
station, removed a record amount of materials for disposal and deployed
the highest number of cubesats yet on a secondary mission. Our success
is a fitting tribute to Gene Cernan, one of the great space pioneers in
our industry and we are proud to have flown Cygnus in his name.
The OA-8 mission began on November 12 when Cygnus launched aboard an
Orbital ATK Antares rocket at NASA s Wallops Flight Facility. Upon
arrival at the orbiting laboratory, Cygnus delivered approximately 7,400
pounds (3,350 kilograms) of cargo and science experiments to the
Pending NASA s specific cargo needs, Orbital ATK is prepared to launch
two additional CRS missions next year aboard the company s Antares
rockets from NASA s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.
B-roll and animation footage for the OA-8 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 13,000 people across the U.S. and in several
international locations. For more information, visit www.orbitalatk.com.
Source: Orbital ATK
Vicki Cox, (410) 409-8723
Systems Group Public Relations
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and Investor Relations