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Mission Update: OA-9 Space Station Cargo Resupply


Launch: May 21, 2018; 4:44 a.m. EDT
Launch Site: MARS Pad 0A, Wallops Flight Facility, Virginia
Mission Customer: NASA

Mission Update

May 24, 2018 Update

The S.S. J.R. Thompson Cygnus successfully completed its rendezvous and berthing maneuvers with the International Space Station on May 24. This marks the company’s ninth successful berthing with the orbiting laboratory under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services (CRS-1) contract. Read the full press release here.

May 23, 2018 Update

The S.S. J.R. Thompson Cygnus continues to make its way to the International Space Station after Monday's successful launch. Everything remains on track for rendezvous, capture and installation early on May 24. Capture is set for 5:20 a.m. EDT/9:20 a.m. UTC, with live coverage on NASA TV beginning at 3:45 a.m. EDT/7:45 a.m. UTC. Watch the live coverage here.

May 21, 2018 Update

Orbital ATK successfully launched its Antares rocket carrying the Cygnus spacecraft on May 21 at 4:44 a.m. EDT. Cygnus will deliver approximately 7,400 pounds of cargo to astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Rendezvous is scheduled for Thursday morning at 5:20 a.m. EDT. Read the full press release here.

Credit: Orbital ATK/Thom Baur

May 20, 2018 Update

Orbital ATK is set to launch the OA-9 Antares rocket carrying its Cygnus cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station for NASA. Pending completion of final vehicle testing and acceptable local weather conditions, the launch will take place Monday, May 21 with lift-off scheduled for 4:39 a.m. EDT from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad 0A on Wallops Island, Virginia, at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility. Read the full set to launch press release here.

Mission Overview

Orbital ATK’s Cygnus spacecraft is scheduled to launch aboard an Antares rocket for the seventh time from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Cygnus will deliver vital equipment, supplies and scientific equipment to the space station as part of Orbital ATK’s Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract with NASA. The Antares launch vehicle is integrated and ready for Cygnus arrival. Initial cargo has been loaded and the Cygnus spacecraft is ready for fueling. After fueling, Cygnus will move to the Horizontal Integration Facility where it will be mated to Antares and final cargo will be loaded. Fairing encapsulation will be the final activity prior to rollout to Virginia Space’s Pad 0A for launch operations.

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S.S. J.R. Thompson

For each CRS mission, it is a tradition at Orbital ATK to name the Cygnus cargo spacecraft for an individual who has furthered our nation’s human spaceflight programs. For our OA-9 mission, we are proud to announce that the OA-9 spacecraft will be named after J.R. Thompson, a distinguished leader in the aerospace industry and a member of our Orbital ATK family. Throughout his life, J.R. held prominent positions at NASA, the Marshall Space Flight Center, and Orbital Sciences. We are honored to celebrate his life with the upcoming launch of the S.S. J.R. Thompson.

About Antares

Designed to provide responsive and low-cost access to space, Antares is a two-stage vehicle (with optional third stage) that provides low-Earth orbit (LEO) launch capability for payloads weighing up to 8,000 kg. Internally funded by Orbital ATK, Antares completed a risk reduction mission and a demonstration of commercial re-supply services for the International Space Station (ISS) under a NASA Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) agreement in 2013. Orbital ATK commenced delivery of cargo to the ISS under the NASA Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract in 2014.

About Cygnus

Cargo is delivered to the station using Orbital ATK’s Cygnus spacecraft. The Cygnus spacecraft consists of two modules: the Service Module (SM) which incorporates the avionics, propulsion and power systems from Orbital ATK’s flight proven LEOStar and GEOStar spacecraft buses; and the Pressurized Cargo Module (PCM) which carries the crew supplies, spares and scientific experiments. The SM is integrated and tested at Orbital ATK’s Dulles, Virginia satellite manufacturing facility. The PCM is supplied by Thales Alenia Space and is produced in Turin Italy.

More Information
OA-9 Fact Sheet
S.S. J.R. Thompson Fact Sheet
Orbital ATK Cygnus Fact Sheet
Orbital ATK CRS Fact Sheet
Orbital ATK Antares Fact Sheet