Cygnus Cargo Craft departs Space Station for In-Space Fire Experiment & Satellite Deployments

The Cygnus OA-5 cargo craft departed the International Space Station on Monday after a month-long cargo delivery mission, heading off on a one-week free flight to release a series of small satellites and perform the second Spacecraft Fire Experiment ahead of a planned end of mission date on November 27.

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Cygnus Craft enters Orbital Parking Spot, Antares Rocket delivers better-than-expected Performance

Orbital ATK’s Cygnus spacecraft has entered an orbital parking spot where it is standing by to give the right of way to the inbound Soyuz crew vehicle before it will make its close rendezvous with the Space Station on Sunday to be captured by the Station’s robotic arm.

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Antares Comeback Mission delayed to Monday after Ground Systems Trouble

The launch of Orbital ATK’s long-awaited Antares Return to Flight mission to restore the company’s cargo launch capability to the Space Station was postponed on Sunday due to an uncooperative cable within the rocket’s ground support equipment, requiring replacement ahead of the next launch attempt on Monday at 23:40 UTC.

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Photos: Antares rolls out to Wallops Launch Pad for Return to Flight Mission

Orbital ATK rolls out its upgraded Antares Rocket to finally return to flight operations after a two-year stand-down following the October 2014 launch failure. Outfitted with new engines, Antares will carry into orbit the Cygnus cargo craft SS Alan Poindexter for a month-long stay at the International Space Station.

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Antares set for Sunday Night Launch on long-awaited Return to Flight

The long-awaited Return to Flight mission of Orbital ATK’s Antares rocket with the company’s Cygnus cargo craft has been re-aligned for a Sunday night liftoff after a long path to ready the revamped booster for liftoff following a dramatic launch failure nearly two years ago.

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