What is on the Cygnus Cargo Module?The Cygnus Cargo Module will be packed with more than 7,500 pounds of cargo and supplies for the astronauts on the International Space Station. Along with the cargo and supplies, the module will carry 38 cubesats or micro-satellites by NanoRacks of Texas, new habitat to grow plants on the ISS and the Spacecraft Fire Experiment-III (SAFFIRE-III). Along with the SAFFIRE-III, the Cygnus will also carry the Reentry Data Collection (RED-Data-2) flight recorder to provide crucial data about the extreme conditions a spacecraft encounters during atmospheric reentry. The RED-Data-2 flight recorder was built by Terminal Velocity Aerospace.Out of 38 cubesats, 28 will be used for the QB50 mission, which will study the lower thermosphere. Four of the cubesats will launch directly from the Cygnus during flight towards the ISS, while the remaining will be launched from the space station.
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Out of 38 cubesats, 28 will be used for the QB50 mission, which will study the lower thermosphere. Four of the cubesats will launch directly from the Cygnus during flight towards the ISS, while the remaining will be launched from the space station.
Mission Update - March 15, 2017NASA, Orbital ATK and United Launch Alliance (ULA) are now targeting the launch of Orbital ATK’s seventh commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station at 9:00 p.m. EDT Friday, March 24. An option exists to move the launch earlier to March 23, if the Eastern Range becomes available. The additional time allows the ULA team to replace and retest a first stage hydraulic component. Orbital ATK has contracted with ULA for its Atlas V rocket for the launch service, which will lift off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Orbital ATK’s Cygnus cargo spacecraft is packed with 7,600 pounds of supplies and research for crew aboard the orbiting laboratory.
Does anyone know when the "if the Eastern Range becomes available on the 23rd" option will be known for certain? I.e. At what point can we safely assume the 23rd is out and the 24th is when they'll proceed toward?