Cygnus Cargo Craft closes out successful Mission with heavily-studied Re-Entry

Orbital ATK’s Cygnus OA-6 spacecraft met its fiery end on Wednesday when re-entering over the Pacific Ocean to conclude a 91-day resupply mission to the International Space Station including a week-long free flight after undocking dedicated to the first large-scale combustion experiment conducted in space.

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Case Closed: United Launch Alliance finishes Investigation into Atlas V Flight Anomaly

United Launch Alliance announced on Wednesday that the company had closed the investigation into the Atlas V underperformance occurring on the Cygnus OA-6 launch in March and cleared the workhorse launcher to proceed with its upcoming June 24 launch of the MUOS 5 satellite for the U.S. Navy.

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Mixture Ratio Valve identified as Culprit in Atlas V Launch Anomaly with Cygnus OA-6

United Launch Alliance has isolated the root cause of the performance hit suffered by the Atlas V’s first stage in last month’s Cygnus OA-6 mission that left the Centaur upper stage only with second of fuel margin to send the cargo spacecraft on its way to the International Space Station.

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By the Numbers: How close Atlas V came to Failure in this Week’s Cygnus Launch

Atlas V dodged a bullet earlier this week when launching the Cygnus OA-6 cargo craft on a resupply mission to the International Space Station, coming much closer to a launch failure than initially let on by launch vehicle manufacturer and operator United Launch Alliance.

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Potential Performance Hit suffered by Atlas V ? – A closer Look at the Data

Although widely hailed as a complete success, Tuesday night’s Atlas V launch with the Cygnus OA-6 cargo craft headed to the International Space Station left some questions open on a possible performance hit suffered by the workhorse launch vehicle.

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Photos: Late Night Liftoff of Atlas V with Cygnus Cargo Craft

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 rocket made a nighttime liftoff from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 3:05 UTC on Wednesday, successfully lifting into orbit the Cygnus OA-6 cargo craft set for a delivery of food, spare parts and science equipment to the International Space Station.

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Cygnus Cargo Craft en-route to Space Station after Nighttime Liftoff atop Atlas V

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket lifted off under a nearly full moon Tuesday night, rumbling into the dark skies over Florida’s Space Coast to carry the Cygnus OA-6 resupply craft into orbit for a cargo-delivery mission to the International Space Station.

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Video: Cygnus Cargo Vehicle soars into Orbit on Atlas V Rocket

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 rocket made a nighttime liftoff from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 3:05 UTC on Wednesday, successfully lifting into orbit the Cygnus OA-6 cargo craft set for a delivery of food, spare parts and science equipment to the International Space Station.

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ULA’s Atlas V to send Cygnus Cargo Ship to Orbit for ISS Resupply Mission & Spacecraft Fire Study

United Launch Alliance and Orbital ATK are ready to repeat their partnership in resupplying the International Space Station Tuesday night when an Atlas V rocket is scheduled to lift off from Florida’s Space Coast to send the Cygnus OA-6 cargo ship into orbit for a three-day flight to ISS ahead of a two-month stay.

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Photos: Atlas V Rocket rolls to Cape Canaveral Launch Pad for ISS Cargo Mission

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 rocket is rolled to its launch pad at Space Launch Complex 41 to enter final preparations for liftoff with the Cygnus OA-6 cargo spacecraft, set to deliver over three metric tons of cargo to the International Space Station.

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Cygnus Cargo Craft departs Space Station after record-setting Mission, Fiery Re-Entry ahead

The S.S. Deke Slayton II Cygnus OA-4 Cargo Craft departed the International Space Station after a 72-day stay to head towards the end of a highly successful mission that set a new record for the docked duration of a Commercial Resupply Craft and saw a number of firsts.

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NASA Awards Space Station Cargo Contracts in three-way Split

NASA announced this week the winners for the second round of Commercial Resupply Services contracts for cargo missions to the International Space Station beginning in 2019 and lasting through the currently projected end of ISS operations in the mid-2020s.

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Photos: All Orbital Launches of 2015

The year 2015 saw 87 orbital launch attempts from spaceports across the globe – 84 missions reached orbit in a year that saw 82 successful orbital launches. Here are photos of all of 2015’s space launches.

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2015 Space Launch Statistics

The year 2015 saw a total of 87 known orbital launch attempts operated by seven nations from space ports in eight countries.

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U.S. Resupply Missions to ISS resume with flawless Cygnus Rendezvous

Cargo missions to the International Space Station have officially resumed with the successful rendezvous and capture of the Cygnus OA-4 spacecraft on Wednesday, marking the first Commercial Cargo Vehicle to arrive at ISS after launch failures of both Commercial Resupply Services Program partners.

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Cygnus inbound for Rendezvous with Space Station in record-setting Cargo Delivery Mission

Orbital ATK’s Cygnus spacecraft is set for its rendezvous with the International Space Station on Wednesday to mark a record-setting cargo delivery in the Commercial Resupply Services Program. Going through a methodical rendezvous process, Cygnus will link up with ISS to arrive at its Capture Point where it can be grappled by the Station’s robotic arm to mark the start of a berthed mission of up to two months.

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Photos: Cygnus blasts off atop Atlas V, setting sail for ISS

An Atlas V rocket blasts off from Space Launch Complex 41, Cape Canaveral on December 6, 2015 on the launcher’s first mission in support of the International Space Station, lifting the Cygnus OA-4 resupply craft into orbit.

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Videos: Atlas V blasts off on first Space Station Mission

An Atlas V rocket blasts off from Space Launch Complex 41, Cape Canaveral on December 6, 2015 on the launcher’s first mission in support of the International Space Station, lifting the Cygnus OA-4 resupply craft into orbit.

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Cygnus Resupply Mission to ISS begins with spectacular Sunset Launch of Atlas V

The Cygnus spacecraft is back in orbit for its return to flight mission to the International Space Station, coming back from last October’s Antares launch failure. Orbital ATK’s resupply spacecraft lifted off on Sunday atop an Atlas V rocket as the first in a pair of interim missions contracted to United Launch Alliance until the modified Antares rocket will be ready for flight using a new main engine system.

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