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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