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Cygnus Orbital ATK CRS-6 cargo mission on its way to the ISS

by • March 22, 2016 • No Comments

The Orbital ATK CRS-6 undertaking is on its way to the International Space Station (ISS). The unmanned Cygnus cargo ship lifted off in these days atop an Atlas V booster in a formidable nighttime commence at 11:05 pm EDT of Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on a three-month undertaking to donate of 7,500 lb (3.400 kg) of supplies and experiments to the space station.

  • Cygnus spacecraft prepared to move
  • The Cygnus spacecraft for CRS-6 was named after the last commander of thje Columbia Space Shuttle
  • The Atlas V rocket rolling out
  • Nanorack being installed on the Cygnus

According to NASA, the liftoff occurred under ideal weather conditions and without any technical difficulties. At four minutes and 15 2nds into the flight the main engine shut down, followed by the 2nd stage separation six 2nds later and the 2nd stage engine firing 10 2nds after that. At the four minute, 39 2nd mark, the protective fairings jettisoned and the 2nd stage continued to fire until the 18 minute, nine 2nd mark. The Cygnus separated of the Centaur 2nd stage 21 minutes into the flight.

After the solar panels deploy, the spacecraft can carry out two days of correction burns that can allow it to match orbits with the ISS. On March 26, US astronaut and Expedition 47 Commander Tim Kopra with the assistance of ESA astronaut and Flight Engineer Tim Peake can use one of the station’s robotic arms to capture the Cygnus and tutorial it to a docking berth on the Unity station module.

This is the 2nd enhanced Cygnus cargo ship to visit the station and can be carrying a new EVA spacesuit, clothing, food, spare parts, and a number of experiments. These include a Gecko Gripper to test new adhesive technologies, the Stata-1 experiment to study the influence of microgravity on soils, an experiment to monitor the influence of meteor effects on the Earth’s atmosphere, the Saffire fire safety experiment, and two dozen nano satellites.

The CRS-6 Cygnus is named “S.S. Rick Husband” in honor of US Air Force Colonel Rick Husband, who was the last commander of the Space Shuttle Columbia, that was destroyed during reentry with the loss of all hands on February 1, 2003.

Source: NASA

  • Loading the Cygnus
  • CRS-6 press briefing
  • Cygnus leaving hazard inspection
  • Cygnus rolling past the vehicle assembly building

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