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Title: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 11/10/2017 07:14 PM
NSF ARTICLES:

https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2018/05/antares-cygnus-pre-launch-processing-range-improved-launch-security/ (https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2018/05/antares-cygnus-pre-launch-processing-range-improved-launch-security/)

https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2018/05/antares-oa-9-cygnus-launch-iss/ (https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2018/05/antares-oa-9-cygnus-launch-iss/)


May 21 @ 4:39am EDT (UTC-4)

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Not far from the pad, the Antares rocket for the next Cygnus mission, OA-9, is getting prepared for a launch likely in spring 2018.

https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/929073936847040512 (https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/929073936847040512)

Edit to add:

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DeMauro: Cygnus and Antares for OA-9 mission coming together, could be ready for launch as soon as 1Q/18 depending on NASA’s needs.

https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/929026459498434560 (https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/929026459498434560)
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - Spring 2018
Post by: mdeep on 11/12/2017 02:01 PM
A few more shots from inside the HIF:

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/n-d92v7/OA-8/i-SZb9dSZ/0/5e7b7eb0/L/2017_11_10_13_47_13_1D3_8707-L.jpg)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/n-d92v7/OA-8/i-DknRzCC/0/3578b2a0/L/2017_11_10_13_55_04_1D3_8718-L.jpg)
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 2018
Post by: gongora on 12/15/2017 01:23 AM
This flight is currently targeting May 2018 according to schedule on NASA OSMA (https://sma.nasa.gov/sma-disciplines/smsr) web site.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/15/2017 03:26 AM
This flight is currently targeting May 2018 according to schedule on NASA OSMA (https://sma.nasa.gov/sma-disciplines/smsr) web site.

1 May 2018 to be exact.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 2018
Post by: Olaf on 03/10/2018 12:01 PM
https://twitter.com/BrownCubeSat/status/971807430756700160
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We are excited to announce that #EQUiSat successfully completed vibe testing with full functionality. Hardware is all clear for launch to the International Space Station on May 1st!
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - NET 9 May 2018
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 03/15/2018 12:36 PM
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Bill Wrobel, director of NASA Wallops, says the next Antares launch from there is currently scheduled for May 9. #Goddard18

https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/974277981739847680
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 9, 2018
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 03/15/2018 06:29 PM
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Earlier today, employees at our Dulles, VA facility said goodbye to the #OA9 #Cygnus service module as it departed for its @NASA_Wallops launch site, its final stop before heading to @Space_Station

https://twitter.com/orbitalatk/status/974338855519375361

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Thanks @OrbitalATK! Cygnus got here safe and sound. We'll be sure to take good care of her!

https://twitter.com/nasa_wallops/status/974358506659868673
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 9, 2018
Post by: Yeknom-Ecaps on 03/17/2018 02:14 AM
Is there an image available of the OA-9 mission emblem?
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 9, 2018
Post by: AnalogMan on 03/17/2018 11:23 AM
Is there an image available of the OA-9 mission emblem?

Attached.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 9, 2018
Post by: Olaf on 03/21/2018 10:14 AM
If my counting is correct, this will be the 200th flight related to the ISS.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 9, 2018
Post by: wolfpack on 03/28/2018 07:46 PM
Do we have a guess at the T-0 for this flight, assuming the 9th?
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 9, 2018
Post by: Olaf on 03/29/2018 05:20 PM
In the pre-briefing for US EVA-49, Kenny Todd [Ops. Integration Manager, NASA ISS] mentioned that their current plan is for OA-9 to launch on May 20th and berth on May 24th for a ~60 day mission.  Also, at least EVA-51 was being discussed as May-June.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 20, 2018
Post by: gongora on 04/14/2018 02:32 AM
Radix CubeSat on OA-9
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 20, 2018
Post by: gongora on 04/14/2018 02:19 PM
ODAR for ELaNa 23 (OA-9)
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 20, 2018
Post by: gongora on 04/14/2018 05:00 PM
AeroCube-12 on OA-9 (FCC application still pending)
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 20, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 04/15/2018 04:03 AM
Thanks gongora! ELaNa XXIII has

CaNOP
CubeRTT
EQUISat
MemSat
RadSat
RainCube
SORTIE
TEMPEST-D
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 20, 2018
Post by: Olaf on 04/15/2018 08:01 AM
NASA´s site https://www.nasa.gov/content/upcoming-elana-cubesat-launches mentioned also a ninth satellite.
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HaloSat – University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 20, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 04/15/2018 08:06 AM
NASA´s site https://www.nasa.gov/content/upcoming-elana-cubesat-launches mentioned also a ninth satellite.
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HaloSat – University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

Yes, that should be more accurate. The website is dated 5 December 2017, while the ODAR is dated 23 August 2017.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 20, 2018
Post by: Olaf on 04/24/2018 07:08 PM
https://twitter.com/OrbitalATK/status/988855309073608706
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Launch alert! We are excited to announce that we are targeting Sunday, May 20 for the launch of our #OA9 mission to @Space_Station. The 5-minute launch window will open at 5:04 a.m. EDT. Learn more here: http://bit.ly/2FbdUrz
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 20, 2018
Post by: jacqmans on 04/25/2018 01:19 PM
April 25, 2018
MEDIA ADVISORY M18-066

Media Invited to Orbital ATK Cargo Launch from Virginia

Media accreditation now is open for the launch of Orbital ATK’s ninth contracted cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station, currently targeted for no earlier than 5:04 a.m. EDT May 20.
The company’s Cygnus spacecraft will launch on an Antares launch vehicle from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport’s Pad-0A at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

To attend prelaunch events and the launch, media must send an accreditation request to Keith Koehler at [email protected] The deadline for international media is May 2. Media who are U.S. citizens must apply by May 14.

For questions about accreditation or additional information, contact Koehler by email or at 757-824-1579.
Cargo resupply by U.S. companies ensures a national capability to deliver critical science research to the space station, significantly increasing NASA's ability to conduct new science investigations in the world’s only microgravity laboratory.

Get more information about Orbital ATK, visit:
https://www.nasa.gov/orbitalatk
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 20, 2018
Post by: Olaf on 05/02/2018 05:21 PM
https://www.orbitalatk.com/news-room/feature-stories/OA9-Mission-Page/Documents/OA-9_FactSheet.pdf

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Once Cygnus is unberthed, a NanoRacks deployer will release seven Cubesats.
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Mission Duration: 2-4 days ascent and phasing
Up to 90 days berthed 
Up to 2 weeks post-ISS departure mission/experiment operations, descent and reentry
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 20, 2018
Post by: jacqmans on 05/07/2018 03:30 PM
    May 07, 2018
MEDIA ADVISORY M18-074
NASA Highlights Science on Next Orbital ATK Mission to Space Station

NASA will host a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EDT Thursday, May 10, to discuss select science investigations and technology demonstrations launching on the next Orbital ATK commercial resupply flight to the International Space Station.

Orbital ATK is targeting Sunday, May 20, for the launch of its Cygnus spacecraft on an Antares rocket from pad 0A at Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia.

The Cygnus spacecraft will carry crew supplies, scientific research and hardware to the orbiting laboratory to support the Expedition 55 and 56 crews for the ninth contracted mission by Orbital ATK under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services contract.

To participate in the teleconference, media must contact Kathryn Hambleton at 202-358-1100 or [email protected] by 10 a.m. Thursday, for dial-in information.

Participants in Thursday’s briefing will be:

Sarah Wallace, microbiologist at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston and principal investigator for Biomolecule Extraction and Sequencing Technology (BEST), an investigation to identify unknown microbial organisms on the space station and understand how humans, plants and microbes adapt to living on the station
Robert Shotwell, chief engineer for Astronomy and Physics Directorate, at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, and manager for the Cold Atom Laboratory, a physics research facility used by scientists to explore how atoms interact when they have almost no motion due to extreme cold temperatures
Andrea Adamo, founder and CEO for Zaiput Flow Technologies, who will discuss plans to validate a unique liquid separation system that relies on surface forces, rather than gravity, to extract one liquid from another
Brandon Briggs, assistant professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage, who will discuss a payload that will evaluate the biological production of the biofuel isobutene using engineered E.coli under microgravity conditions
A representative from Space Applications Services for the Ice Cubes Facility, the first commercial European opportunity to conduct research in space, made possible through an agreement with ESA (European Space Agency)
Audio of the teleconference will be streamed live online at:

http://www.nasa.gov/live


For launch countdown coverage, NASA's launch blog, and more information about the mission, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/orbitalatk
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 20, 2018
Post by: SMS on 05/08/2018 06:25 PM
https://www.orbitalatk.com/news-room/feature-stories/OA9-Mission-Page/

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May 8, 2018

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJgnSKMlk5c

Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 20, 2018
Post by: SMS on 05/08/2018 07:03 PM
https://www.orbitalatk.com/news-room/feature-stories/OA9-Mission-Page/Documents/SS_JR%20Thompson_Bio.pdf

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He passed away on November 7, 2017.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 20, 2018
Post by: Targeteer on 05/08/2018 09:55 PM
Heard during the evening DPC. One of items on board is different printer paper.  The paper on board is apparently hole-punched which is making the printer on board jam repeatedly.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 20, 2018
Post by: jcm on 05/09/2018 05:08 AM
https://www.orbitalatk.com/news-room/feature-stories/OA9-Mission-Page/Documents/OA-9_FactSheet.pdf

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Once Cygnus is unberthed, a NanoRacks deployer will release seven Cubesats.
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Mission Duration: 2-4 days ascent and phasing
Up to 90 days berthed 
Up to 2 weeks post-ISS departure mission/experiment operations, descent and reentry

We currently know of 13 cubesats on the mission. As far as I can tell the 9 ELaNa-23 satellites will use Kibo/NRCSD
(RainCube, SORTIE, TEMPEST-D, CubeRRT, CaNOP, RadSat-g, Equisat, MemSat, HaloSat)
which leaves Radix, Endurosat One, Aerocube 12A and 12B and 3 unknown cubesats for the external deployer.
Anyone got better info?
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 20, 2018
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 05/10/2018 05:31 PM
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#tbt to the mating of the #OA9 S.S. J.R. Thompson #Cygnus service module with the pressurized cargo module. Our OA-9 mission is set to launch aboard our #Antares rocket from @NASA_Wallops on May 20 at 5:04 a.m. EDT/9:04 a.m. UTC.

https://twitter.com/orbitalatk/status/994611064028499968
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 20, 2018
Post by: jsmjr on 05/12/2018 04:15 PM
The @NASASocial attendees for this launch have been selected.  You can find the list of those who have Twitter accounts here:

https://twitter.com/NASASocial/lists/orbital-atk-9-nasa-social/members (https://twitter.com/NASASocial/lists/orbital-atk-9-nasa-social/members)

Here's the original notice by NASA.

https://www.nasa.gov/social/witness-the-next-space-station-cargo-spacecraft-launch-from-virginia (https://www.nasa.gov/social/witness-the-next-space-station-cargo-spacecraft-launch-from-virginia)

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April 24, 2018
Witness the Next Space Station Cargo Spacecraft Launch from Virginia
We are inviting social media users to apply for credentials to cover the launch for Orbital ATK's CRS-9 mission to the International Space Station. The Cygnus cargo spacecraft is scheduled to launch atop an Antares rocket at 5:04 a.m. EDT on May 20, from Pad 0A at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at our Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

A maximum of 50 active social media users will be selected to attend the two-day event May 19-20, 2018 and will be given the same access as news media in an effort to align the experience of social media representatives with those of traditional media. Participants should be aware that due to the complexity of these launches, it is possible that Antares could launch at a later date within the May 20-25 window.

NASA Social participants will have the opportunity to:

View the launch of the Orbital ATK’s Antares rocket
Meet and interact with representatives from NASA and Orbital ATK
Tour Wallops Flight Facility
Meet fellow space enthusiasts who are active on social media
Meet members of NASA's social media teams

Registration opens on Wednesday, April 25. U.S. citizens active on social media must apply by 11:59 p.m. EDT on Monday, April 30, 2018. All social media accreditation applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

APPLY NOW

Do I need to have a social media account to register?
Yes. This event is designed for people who:

Actively use multiple social networking platforms and tools to disseminate information to a unique audience.
Regularly produce new content that features multimedia elements.
Have the potential to reach a large number of people using digital platforms.
Reach a unique audience, separate and distinctive from traditional news media and/or NASA audiences.
Must have an established history of posting content on social media platforms.
Have previous postings that are highly visible, respected and widely recognized.
Users on all social networks are encouraged to use the hashtag #NASASocial during their visit to Wallops Flight Facility.

Updates and information about the event will be shared on Twitter via @NASASocial and @NASA_Wallops, as well as posts to Facebook.

How do I register?
Registration opens on Wednesday, April 25. U.S. citizens active on social media must apply by the deadline, 11:59 p.m. EDT on Monday, April 30, 2018. All social media accreditation applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Can I register if I am not a U.S. citizen?
Because of the security deadlines, registration is limited to U.S. citizens. If you have a valid permanent resident card, you will be processed as a U.S. citizen. Those who are selected will need to complete an additional registration step to receive clearance to enter the secure areas. To be admitted, you will need to show two government-issued identifications (one with a photo) that match the name provided on the registration. Those without proper identification cannot be admitted. All registrants must be at least 18 years old.

When will I know if I am selected?
After registrations have been received and processed, a notification email will be send out to inform you whether or not you have been selected for NASA social media accreditation. Those selected will be required to complete an additional step before being accredited. We expect to send notifications no later than May 11. If you do not make the registration list for accreditation, you can still attend the public viewing of the launch and participate in the conversation online.

What are the registration requirements?
Registration indicates your intent to travel to NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia and attend the two-day event in person. You are responsible for your own expenses for travel, accommodation, food and other amenities.

Some events and participants scheduled to appear at the event are subject to change without notice. NASA and Orbital ATK are not responsible for loss or damage incurred as a result of attending. NASA and Orbital ATK, moreover, are not responsible for loss or damage incurred if the event is canceled with limited or no notice. Please plan accordingly.

Wallops is a government facility. Those who are selected will need to complete an additional registration step to receive clearance to enter the secure areas.

IMPORTANT: To be admitted, you will need to provide one form of unexpired government-issued identification; this identification must match the name provided on the registration. Those without proper identification cannot be admitted. For a complete list of acceptable forms of ID, please visit: http://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/i-9_poster_acceptable_documents_2014_04_23.pdf

All registrants must be at least 18 years old.

What if the launch date changes?
Hundreds of different factors can cause a scheduled launch date to change multiple times. The targeted launch date will not be confirmed until after the Flight Readiness Review. If the launch date changes, NASA and Orbital ATK may adjust programming accordingly to coincide with the new target launch date. NASA will notify registrants of any changes by email.

Attendees are responsible for any additional costs they incur related to any launch delay. We strongly encourage participants to make travel arrangements that are refundable and/or flexible.

What if I cannot come to the event?
If you cannot come to event and attend in person, you should not register for the NASA Social. You can follow the conversation using the #NASASocial hashtag on Twitter. You can watch the event on NASA Television at www.nasa.gov/live

NASA will provide regular updates on @NASA and @NASASocial.

If you cannot make this NASA Social, don't worry; NASA is planning many other Socials in the near future at various locations! Check back on www.nasa.gov/social for updates.

Does registration for and/or attendance at this NASA Social qualify me for news media accreditation?
No, your registration and/or attendance does not qualify you for news media credentials at NASA now or in the future.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 20, 2018
Post by: spacepat_o on 05/14/2018 01:28 AM
Does anyone have a list of backup launch times?
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 20, 2018
Post by: spacepat_o on 05/14/2018 03:14 PM
Does anyone have a list of backup launch times?

May 21                 4:39 a.m.
May 22                 4:16
May 23                 3:53
May 24                 3:28
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 20, 2018
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 05/14/2018 03:26 PM
Hey everyone.  I'm interviewing Orbital ATK's Antares and Cygnus managers tomorrow, Tues. 15 May, at 12:00 EDT.

If anyone has any questions on the following, please PM me:
1) Cygnus for OA-9E (mission that launches on 20 May)
2) CRS2 contract Cygnus/Antares
3) Anything at all to do with Antares
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 20, 2018
Post by: ethan829 on 05/15/2018 11:13 AM
Mission patch from the OA-9 fact sheet:
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 20, 2018
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 05/15/2018 02:24 PM
Hey everyone.  I'm interviewing Orbital ATK's Antares and Cygnus managers tomorrow, Tues. 15 May, at 12:00 EDT.

If anyone has any questions on the following, please PM me:
1) Cygnus for OA-9E (mission that launches on 20 May)
2) CRS2 contract Cygnus/Antares
3) Anything at all to do with Antares

Bumping this.  Any last question requests before 1200 EDT today?  If so, PM me.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 20, 2018
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 05/16/2018 03:02 PM
Precise target launch time Sunday morning is Sunday, 20 May 2018 at 05:04:43 EDT (09:04:43 UTC) at this time.  The to-the-second time might move by a few seconds still as final orbital calculations of the ISS are determined.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 20, 2018
Post by: SkipMorrow on 05/16/2018 04:08 PM
Any thoughts on weather? There's a pretty massive east coast system that seems intent on sticking around for a few days.

By the way, I'll be at the launch with the NASA folks. I'm wondering if Mr. Bridenstine will attend since it is close to DC.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 20, 2018
Post by: LaunchedIn68 on 05/16/2018 04:14 PM
I'm on Long Island New York.  Will it be worth getting up at 5AM on Sunday if the skies are clear?

Around that time now the first hints of daylight are emerging.  I'm wondering if the plume will capture the light and it will be impressive.  For the VA launches, from here we can see the late First Stage flight, separation and Second stage light off events.

Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 20, 2018
Post by: SkipMorrow on 05/16/2018 04:43 PM
It's too bad they don't launch to the north. You could watch her fly right by you!

For me, if I had a chance to watch it, even from far away, I'd still get up to see it. The big question is the weather right now. Low clouds could block your view completely.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 20, 2018
Post by: SMS on 05/16/2018 05:03 PM
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Inside look at yesterday's late cargo load of the S.S. J.R. Thompson #Cygnus. Today, crews will complete final cargo load and encapsulation of the #Antares fairing in preparation for roll out to @VCSFA_MARS Pad 0A at @NASA_Wallops late tomorrow. #OA9

https://twitter.com/OrbitalATK/status/996792962372816900

Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 20, 2018
Post by: jsmjr on 05/16/2018 06:10 PM
Any thoughts on weather? There's a pretty massive east coast system that seems intent on sticking around for a few days.

By the way, I'll be at the launch with the NASA folks. I'm wondering if Mr. Bridenstine will attend since it is close to DC.

Any Orbital friends willing to share their launch commit criteria, especially with respect to weather? :-)

Re our new Administrator, wonder when the last time was the senior person showed up at Wallops.  Hmm.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 20, 2018
Post by: SkipMorrow on 05/16/2018 06:15 PM
I have a picture of me with Mr. Bolden from ORB-2. He should definitely go!
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 20, 2018
Post by: Svenry on 05/16/2018 06:38 PM
Charles Bolden attended the OA-5 launch in 2016 (my first launch!), though I did not get to see him personally.

https://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/nasa-administrator-congratulates-the-oatk-crs-5-launch-team

And I'm also very interested in the current outlook on potential, weather related delays.  They won't launch if it's raining, will they?

edit: spelling
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 20, 2018
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 05/17/2018 05:37 PM
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#OA9 Mission Update: The integrated #Cygnus and #Antares team successfully completed final cargo load and fairing installation yesterday. We remain on track for launch Sunday morning, and are closely monitoring the weather. We will continue to provide updates as we receive them

https://twitter.com/orbitalatk/status/997163271160463361
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 20, 2018
Post by: jsmjr on 05/17/2018 06:03 PM
Searching through the archives, it looks like Orbital might not have posted KMZ files since ORB (now OA)-3.  Would sure be great to get one that applies to Antares 230.  Can someone give them a nudge?


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Re: LIVE: Orbital's Antares/Cygnus ORB-3 (CRS-3) LAUNCH UPDATES
« Reply #14 on: 10/27/2014 04:20 PM »
Unlike
http://www.satobs.org/seesat/Oct-2014/0211.html

I just saw that the launch is at 22:45:03 UTC instead of 22:44:00 UTC. So
this is the revised estimation:

CYGNUS ORB-3 estimation2                                 198 X 255 km
1 70000U 14500A   14300.95351852 0.00000000  00000-0  00000+0 0    07
2 70000  51.6452 160.4800 0043469 137.1128   4.9765 16.17430254    04

Here the .kmz file to see the ascent profile, via Orbital:
https://www.orbital.com/NewsInfo/MissionUpdates/Orb-3/Files/Orb-3_Viewing.kmz

Jon.

--
Jon Mikel, COSPAR 6242, 42.9453, -2.82839, 623m, Bitoriano, Basque Country.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 20, 2018
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 05/18/2018 06:16 AM
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And we're rolling! #Antares is beginning its trek to @VCSFA_MARS Pad 0A at @NASA_Wallops as we continue to work toward the May 20 launch date #OA9

https://twitter.com/orbitalatk/status/997279457248448512
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 20, 2018
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 05/18/2018 08:32 AM
NASA has released a lot more photos of the rollout. A selection attached.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 20, 2018
Post by: Olaf on 05/18/2018 12:32 PM
We currently know of 13 cubesats on the mission. As far as I can tell the 9 ELaNa-23 satellites will use Kibo/NRCSD
(RainCube, SORTIE, TEMPEST-D, CubeRRT, CaNOP, RadSat-g, Equisat, MemSat, HaloSat)
which leaves Radix, Endurosat One, Aerocube 12A and 12B and 3 unknown cubesats for the external deployer.
Anyone got better info?
https://twitter.com/NanoRacks/status/997155884634521600
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The next @OrbitalATK resupply mission will carry 15 customer CubeSats that will deploy from both @Space_Station and #Cygnus.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: Chris Bergin on 05/18/2018 01:31 PM
Mission Update
May 18, 2018 Update

Orbital ATK in conjunction with NASA, has moved the Antares and Cygnus launch to NET Monday, May 21st at 4:39 a.m. EDT to support further pre-launch inspections and more favorable weather conditions. Monday shows an 80% probability of acceptable weather for launch.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: catdlr on 05/18/2018 04:37 PM
nside Look: Orbital ATK's OA-9 Mission for NASA

Orbital ATK
Published on May 18, 2018

Go behind the scenes of the launch prep for Orbital ATK's Antares and Cygnus OA-9 mission to the International Space Station.  Cygnus is scheduled to launch aboard an Antares rocket for the seventh time from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HIwIZEaeTU?t=001

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HIwIZEaeTU
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: ethan829 on 05/18/2018 04:43 PM
Full cubesat manifest from NanoRacks:

CubeRRT - 6U
EQUiSat - 1U
HaloSat - 6U
MemSat - 1U
RadSat-g - 3U
RainCube - 6U
TEMPEST-D,1 - 6U
EnduroSat - 1U
HARP - 3U
Radix - 6U

In the external deployer:

4 Spire Lemurs - 3U each
AeroCube 12A & B - 3U each
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: SMS on 05/18/2018 04:46 PM
We currently know of 13 cubesats on the mission. As far as I can tell the 9 ELaNa-23 satellites will use Kibo/NRCSD
(RainCube, SORTIE, TEMPEST-D, CubeRRT, CaNOP, RadSat-g, Equisat, MemSat, HaloSat)
which leaves Radix, Endurosat One, Aerocube 12A and 12B and 3 unknown cubesats for the external deployer.
Anyone got better info?
https://twitter.com/NanoRacks/status/997155884634521600
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The next @OrbitalATK resupply mission will carry 15 customer CubeSats that will deploy from both @Space_Station and #Cygnus.

NanoRacks Customer Payloads on Orbital - ATK - 9
=> http://nanoracks.com/wp-content/uploads/NanoRacks-Payloads-on-OA-9.pdf
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: Chris Bergin on 05/18/2018 06:49 PM
Antares/Cygnus in final pre-launch processing, Range aims for improved launch security -

https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2018/05/antares-cygnus-pre-launch-processing-range-improved-launch-security/

- By Chris Gebhardt
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 05/19/2018 12:41 AM
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Antares and Cygnus are going vertical on Launch Pad 0A on Wallops Island in preparation for launch.

https://twitter.com/nasa_wallops/status/997634981517242368
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 05/19/2018 04:54 AM
A look inside the RD-191 nozzle. Seems to be some sort of cover over the combustion chamber.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 05/19/2018 04:55 AM
NanoRacks Customer Payloads on Orbital - ATK - 9
=> http://nanoracks.com/wp-content/uploads/NanoRacks-Payloads-on-OA-9.pdf

I'm getting a "404 Not Found" error message for that link.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 05/19/2018 07:06 AM
More pics from NASA
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: Olaf on 05/19/2018 08:01 AM
NanoRacks Customer Payloads on Orbital - ATK - 9
=> http://nanoracks.com/wp-content/uploads/NanoRacks-Payloads-on-OA-9.pdf

I'm getting a "404 Not Found" error message for that link.
There is a new one.
http://nanoracks.com/wp-content/uploads/NanoRacks-Payloads-on-OA-9-1.pdf
They have removed this part.
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HARP – SDL 3U
 
HARP (HyperAngular Rainbow Polarimeter) is a joint mission of the Department of Physics at the University of Maryland the PI institution, the Space Dynamics Laboratory, Utah State University and Science and Technology Corp in support of NASA Earth Science Technology Office. The mission will measure the microphysical properties of cloud water and ice particles. HARP is a precursor imaging polarimeter for the next generation and is to be used for detailed measurements of cloud particles and aerosol. The HARP payload will be a wide FOV imager. This imager will split three spatially identical images into three separate polarizers and detector arrays. This achieves simultaneous imagery of polarization states and is necessary to achieve high polarimetric accuracy with no moving parts. 
 
The spacecraft is a 3U CubeSat that comprises of a 3-axis stabilizer designed to stabilize the imager pointing nadir during data acquisition periods. The hyper-angular capability is achieved by overlapping images at fast speeds. 
 
The objectives of the HARP mission are: 1). Space validation of new technology required by the NASA Decadal Survey Aerosol Cloud-Ecosystem (ACE) mission. 2). Prove the on-flight capabilities of a highly accurate wide FOV hyper-angular imaging polarimeter for characterizing aerosol & cloud properties. 3). Prove that CubeSat technology can provide science-quality Earth
Sciences data. 4). The desired mission life consists of 3 months for technology demonstration and an extended science data period of another 7 months for a total of a year in orbit. 

Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: Solar_OPS on 05/19/2018 10:17 AM
Also on-board is ESA's commercial ICE Cubes facility:

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The International Commercial Experiment, or ICE Cubes Service, tests and commissions the first European commercial system to increase access to this unique lab. A partnership between the European Space Agency (ESA) and Space Application Services (SpaceAps), ICE Cubes uses a sliding framework permanently installed in the Columbus module and “plug-and-play” Experiment Cubes. The Experiment Cubes are easy to install and remove, come in different sizes and can be built with commercial off-the-shelf components, significantly reducing the cost and time to develop experiments.

“The idea is to provide fast, direct and affordable access to space for research, technology and education for any organization or customer,” says Hilde Stenuit of SpaceAps, which designed and developed the facility and made it flight-ready.

ICE Cubes removes barriers that limit access to space, providing more people access to flight opportunities. Potential fields of research range from pharmaceutical development to experiments on stem cells, radiation, and microbiology, fluid sciences, and more.

https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/news/OA9_research
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: Solar_OPS on 05/19/2018 10:18 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKMqYhlnnyQ
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: rayleighscatter on 05/19/2018 02:26 PM
Ok, I'll bite.

Who is Nancy?
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: Svenry on 05/19/2018 07:42 PM
70% chance of favorable launch conditions according to a member of the team being interviewed moments ago on the facebook live event, "Live from the Range Control Center".
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 05/19/2018 08:05 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6bisV6iK1Y (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6bisV6iK1Y)
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 05/20/2018 06:33 AM
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Goodnight from the #Antares team #OA9

https://twitter.com/rocketheels/status/998007348575784960
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: input~2 on 05/20/2018 10:24 AM
WESTERN NORTH ATLANTIC.
VIRGINIA.
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS, ROCKET LAUNCHING
200845Z TO 201000Z MAY, ALTERNATE
210815Z TO 210945Z, 220800Z TO 220915Z,
230730Z TO 230900Z, 240700Z TO 240830Z,
250645Z TO 250815Z, 260615Z TO 260745Z,
270600Z TO 270730Z, 280530Z TO 280700Z,
291715Z TO 290630Z, 300445Z TO 300615Z,
310415Z TO 310545Z MAY,
IN AREAS BOUND BY:
A. 37-55.278N 075-24.958W,
37-31.554N 074-14.774W,
36-54.997N 073-56.522W,
36-55.295N 074-55.793W,
37-41.103N 075-35.683W.
B. 28-50.657N 062-19.774W,
30-46.567N 064-20.866W,
29-05.814N 066-25.694W,
27-13.061N 064-25.076W,
28-50.657N 062-19.774W.
2. CANCEL THIS MSG 310245Z MAY 18.//

Authority: WALLOPS 081332Z MAY 18.

Date: 150925Z MAY 18
Cancel: 31024500 May 18
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: jsmjr on 05/20/2018 10:29 AM
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Goodnight from the #Antares team #OA9

https://twitter.com/rocketheels/status/998007348575784960

That definitely wasn't the weather here last night.  ;)
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 05/20/2018 12:38 PM
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It’s a beautiful L-1 morning as #Antares and #Cygnus prepare for the #09A launch tomorrow morning! #LaunchFever

https://twitter.com/rocketheels/status/998175232396550144
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 05/20/2018 03:29 PM
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35% chance of weather violation for tomorrow morning’s launch, with clouds the main concern. Two follow-on days have 45 and 25% chance of weather violations.

https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/998222784085012481
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: SMS on 05/20/2018 03:54 PM
https://blogs.nasa.gov/orbital/2018/05/20/forecast-for-tomorrows-launch-65-percent-favorable-weather/

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The Range Control Center at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s Eastern Shore has forecast 65-percent favorable weather for the May 21 launch of Orbital ATK’s Antares rocket from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at Wallops.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: Chris Bergin on 05/20/2018 05:02 PM
FEATURE ARTICLE: Antares set for OA-9 Cygnus launch to the ISS -
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2018/05/antares-oa-9-cygnus-launch-iss/

4000 word (note it's over two pages) article by William Graham
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: SkipMorrow on 05/20/2018 06:18 PM
Jim Bridenstine is here
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 05/20/2018 06:33 PM
Pad photos from NASA
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 05/20/2018 08:35 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6Rk3KVxKlo (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6Rk3KVxKlo)
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: SkipMorrow on 05/20/2018 08:58 PM
I just got back from the "Guest Briefing". This was at the Chincoteague Community center. There were several speakers, including Mr. Bridenstine, Frank Culbertson, Rick Mastracchio, and several others. It was a great brief (I got to talk with Mr. Bridenstine for a few minutes). This briefing is different from the press briefing that was held earlier. There were a lot of people attending from the different cubesat teams and the Cold Atom Laboratory experiment as well. I don't know what this briefing is called internally, but on our itinerary it was simply called "guest briefing". There was a pretty nice powerpoint presentation that I'd bet a lot of folks here would like, but I don't know how to get a digital copy of it. I know I'd like one. Maybe someone here does?

I'll be heading out to the launch site with the other guests bright and early! Go Antares, Go Cygnus!

Here's a picture of my daughter chatting with Mr. Bridenstine.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: SMS on 05/20/2018 09:18 PM
If my counting is correct, this will be the 200th flight related to the ISS.

Correct.

Just see at: http://www.russianspaceweb.com/iss_chronology_flights.html

Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 05/21/2018 05:37 AM
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An upgraded weather forecast just briefed to the Antares launch team shows a 75 percent probability of acceptable weather for liftoff from Virginia’s Eastern Shore at 4:39am EDT (0839 GMT) to begin a space station cargo delivery mission. Live coverage: spaceflightnow.com/2018/05/20/oa-…

https://twitter.com/spaceflightnow/status/998411574611185664
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: SkipMorrow on 05/21/2018 05:42 AM
I can see plenty of stars. Skies look great! Hoping we stay that way!
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 05/21/2018 05:47 AM
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L-3 hours and our countdown is proceeding. We are currently green for launch, with a 25% probability of violation (POV) in terms of weather. Both #Antares and #Cygnus are healthy. #OA9

https://twitter.com/orbitalatk/status/998438246253301760
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 05/21/2018 07:09 AM
T-90mins. Fueling has started.  RP-1 and LOX are flowing into Antares' tanks for an on-time launch.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 05/21/2018 07:12 AM
T-90mins. Fueling has started.  RP-1 and LOX are flowing into Antares' tanks for an on-time launch.

That should have said:

T-90mins:  RP-1 is flowing into Antares' tank as teams prepare for LOX chilldown ahead of LOX fueling.

(Forgive me, it's early, and this human's coffee loading has just started.)
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 05/21/2018 07:13 AM
Prop lead reports that LOX chilldown has started.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 05/21/2018 07:14 AM
Telemetry archiving has started.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 05/21/2018 07:18 AM
TEL being configured to pre-pullback position.

Anomaly chief has asked to brief the LD.  Not sure about what yet.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 05/21/2018 07:27 AM
Final work teams have evac-ed the pad and have checked in safe beyond the 9,000 ft (2,743 m) clear zone.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 05/21/2018 07:29 AM
TEL being configured to pre-pullback position.

Anomaly chief has asked to brief the LD.  Not sure about what yet.

After requesting to brief the LD and being told to wait until the TEL was configured to its pre-pullback config (which it has been for several minutes now), there has been no discussion over the open comm net from the anomaly chief.  Appears the convo took place off open comms.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 05/21/2018 07:33 AM
Constraint waived: Upper limit on step 13.071 (calculated TEL angle). Was 88.1 degrees, will be 88.6 degrees for remainder of the op.    <--- No indication this is what the anomaly chief wanted to brief the LD on several minutes ago (the briefing that was told to wait until TEL config was complete).
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 05/21/2018 07:36 AM
T-1hr 4mins. LOX load has started.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 05/21/2018 07:38 AM
Launch team has been briefed that there are NO issues with Antares, Cygnus or GSE.  Range is GREEN with no issues.  Weather update briefing forthcoming.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 05/21/2018 07:46 AM
5 mins ago:

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L-1 hour and we remain green for launch! #OA9

https://twitter.com/orbitalatk/status/998468445909012481
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 05/21/2018 07:47 AM
Trajectory file "ZERO" selected for today and being uploaded to Antares' flight computers.

Ground-to-Vehicle comm configured and good.

Cold helium bottles are submerged.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 05/21/2018 07:51 AM
SIGI (Space Integrated GPS/INS navigation system) alignment has a GO to proceed and is in work.

UPDATE: And that's complete and good.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 05/21/2018 07:58 AM
Cold helium bottle charging has started.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 05/21/2018 07:59 AM
Antares' comm system being switched to 'open loop telemetry' for launch.

And that's complete and good.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 05/21/2018 08:01 AM
ISS Flight Control Team is "GO" for launch.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 05/21/2018 08:02 AM
04:39:07 EDT (0839:07 UTC) is the precise opening of the 5-mins launch window.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 05/21/2018 08:04 AM
No fuel adjustment required based on F1 levels.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: Galactic Penguin SST on 05/21/2018 08:06 AM
If anyone's up please help with the NASA TV screenshots - I'm at work outdoors helping to control a rover (yeah, really) and can't help with that.  :-[
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 05/21/2018 08:06 AM
Teams convening on the anomaly net.  No word on why.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 05/21/2018 08:09 AM
Weather briefing about to happen.

Team currently working through a flurry of steps to continue configuring Antares and LCC systems for launch.

Final FTS power-on and test ready to proceed and is in work.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: centaurinasa on 05/21/2018 08:10 AM
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 05/21/2018 08:14 AM
Current weather update: Team is going to target END OF WINDOW. 

NEW LAUNCH TIME: Launch now 04:44:06 EDT (0844:06 UTC)


Weather is iffy still.  Hold will be for 15mins instead of 10minutes here in a few minutes.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 05/21/2018 08:16 AM
RP-1 fueling wrapping up.  RP-1 fill and drain valves are configured for final count.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 05/21/2018 08:16 AM
Upper Level Winds are GO.  No issues there, at least.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: centaurinasa on 05/21/2018 08:19 AM
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 05/21/2018 08:19 AM
T-10mins and HOLDING.  This is a planned 15-min built-in hold.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 05/21/2018 08:20 AM
Recalibration of engine pressure sensors complete and good.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 05/21/2018 08:22 AM
Launch clock now being reset for the updated launch time.

UPDATE: And that's complete.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 05/21/2018 08:23 AM
TEL is armed for repaid retract.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: centaurinasa on 05/21/2018 08:24 AM
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 05/21/2018 08:25 AM
Countdown clock resume time is clocked for 04:34:06 EDT (0834:06 UTC).

Final GO/NO GO polls expected about 3-5mins prior to that.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: centaurinasa on 05/21/2018 08:25 AM
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 05/21/2018 08:25 AM
ECS being configured now to get the temp inside the payload fairing to launch temperature.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 05/21/2018 08:27 AM
Cygnus GO for transition to internal power.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 05/21/2018 08:30 AM
GREEN for weather.

There are currently no issues that would prevent a liftoff at 04:44:06 EDT (0844:06 UTC).
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 05/21/2018 08:31 AM
Cygnus confirmed on internal power.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 05/21/2018 08:32 AM
Final poll underway.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 05/21/2018 08:33 AM
Final polls complete.  Launch team is GO FOR LAUNCH!
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 05/21/2018 08:34 AM
T-10mins and COUNTING.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: centaurinasa on 05/21/2018 08:34 AM
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: centaurinasa on 05/21/2018 08:35 AM
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 05/21/2018 08:36 AM
All remains go.  Under 8mins away.

Launch auto starts at T-3mins.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 05/21/2018 08:38 AM
T-6mins.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: centaurinasa on 05/21/2018 08:38 AM
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 05/21/2018 08:39 AM
T-5mins.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 05/21/2018 08:40 AM
Range is GREEN.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: centaurinasa on 05/21/2018 08:40 AM
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 05/21/2018 08:41 AM
T-3mins.  Launch auto-sequence has started.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 05/21/2018 08:42 AM
T-2mins.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: centaurinasa on 05/21/2018 08:43 AM
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 05/21/2018 08:43 AM
T-1min and COUNTING!
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 05/21/2018 08:43 AM
30 seconds.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 05/21/2018 08:44 AM
Engine start....
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 05/21/2018 08:44 AM
LIFTOFF!!!!
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 05/21/2018 08:45 AM
Engines at full power. Nominal attitude.

TVC steering good.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: centaurinasa on 05/21/2018 08:45 AM
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: centaurinasa on 05/21/2018 08:45 AM
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 05/21/2018 08:45 AM
Nominal performance.  MaxQ.  Engines throttling back up.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: centaurinasa on 05/21/2018 08:46 AM
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: Chris Bergin on 05/21/2018 08:46 AM
LAUNCH!
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 05/21/2018 08:46 AM
7,000 ft/sec

Engines at full thrust.

Attitude and trajectory good.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: centaurinasa on 05/21/2018 08:47 AM
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: Chris Bergin on 05/21/2018 08:47 AM
Good first stage.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 05/21/2018 08:47 AM
MECO. 

Stage 1 shutdown.

Stage 1 SEPARATION confirmed.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 05/21/2018 08:48 AM
Fairing and interstage SEPARATION.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 05/21/2018 08:48 AM
Stage 2 solid propellant CASTOR 30XL stage IGNITION!
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: centaurinasa on 05/21/2018 08:48 AM
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 05/21/2018 08:49 AM
Stage 2 attitude and trajectory nominal.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: centaurinasa on 05/21/2018 08:49 AM
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: Chris Bergin on 05/21/2018 08:49 AM
Staging 1-2. Fairing jettison. On to the Castor 30XL.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 05/21/2018 08:49 AM
Power systems good.   All nominal aboard Stage 2.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 05/21/2018 08:50 AM
1min left in Stage 2 firing.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 05/21/2018 08:51 AM
Stage 2 solid motor burnout.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: centaurinasa on 05/21/2018 08:51 AM
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 05/21/2018 08:51 AM
2min coast before Cygnus sep.

Orbit nominal!
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: centaurinasa on 05/21/2018 08:52 AM
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 05/21/2018 08:53 AM
Cygnus SEPARATION.

The S.S. JR Thompson is on its way to the ISS packed full of science, equipment, and crew supplies!
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: centaurinasa on 05/21/2018 08:54 AM
SEPARATION !
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 05/21/2018 08:54 AM
Cygnus is in a good orbit.  Under nominal phasing timeline, Cygnus will arrive at the ISS for grapple and berthing early Thursday morning.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: centaurinasa on 05/21/2018 08:54 AM
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: Chris Bergin on 05/21/2018 08:55 AM
S/C Sep! Thanks to Chris and Cen for the coverage!

William Graham's article updated:
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2018/05/antares-oa-9-cygnus-launch-iss/
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: centaurinasa on 05/21/2018 08:55 AM
Wallops control room
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 05/21/2018 08:56 AM
Orbital ATK teams are working through safing of pad and GSE system.

Telemetry archive has stopped with expected LOS.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: centaurinasa on 05/21/2018 08:56 AM
Orbital ATK Mission Control
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: centaurinasa on 05/21/2018 08:58 AM
and MCC-H....
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 05/21/2018 08:59 AM
Solar array deploy in just under 50mins.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: centaurinasa on 05/21/2018 09:01 AM
Next NASA TV coverage:
5:45 a.m. EDT - Coverage of the Deployment of the Solar Arrays on the Orbital/ATK Cygnus Cargo Craft (All Channels)
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: centaurinasa on 05/21/2018 09:07 AM
https://twitter.com/AnneMarieSBC
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: SciNews on 05/21/2018 09:09 AM
Main events of the launch
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qt-QlLO5Jwo
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 05/21/2018 09:22 AM
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First shots of this morning's #OA9 #Antares launch from @NASA_Wallops!

https://twitter.com/orbitalatk/status/998493739495641089

Edit to add: higher res versions
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 05/21/2018 09:33 AM
Photos from NASA
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 05/21/2018 09:45 AM
And we're back for solar array deployment.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: centaurinasa on 05/21/2018 09:46 AM
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: centaurinasa on 05/21/2018 09:51 AM
Orbital ATK Ultraflex solar arrays
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: centaurinasa on 05/21/2018 09:57 AM
SA deployment duration: 20-30 mn
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 05/21/2018 10:01 AM
GO to deploy solar arrays.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 05/21/2018 10:27 AM
Confirmation that solar array deployment has begun.  Deployment sequence takes about 20-30mins to complete.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 05/21/2018 10:35 AM
Solar array wing #1 confirmed to be fully unfurled.  Standing by for confirmation on wing #2.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 05/21/2018 10:38 AM
And solar array wing #2 confirmed fully unfurled.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: centaurinasa on 05/21/2018 10:43 AM
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 05/21/2018 10:43 AM
Cygnus will now perform 4 days of minute thruster and engine firings to bring itself to the ISS for grapple (05:20 EDT - 0920 UTC) and berthing (07:30 EDT - 11:30 UTC) on Thursday morning.

You can find the granular detailed approach timeline on L2 here: https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=45709.msg1823703#new
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 05/21/2018 11:13 AM
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Orbital ATK Successfully Launches Ninth Cargo Delivery Mission to the International Space Station for NASA

Antares Rocket Launched 7,400 Pounds of Critical Supplies to the Station

Cygnus Scheduled to Berth with Space Station on May 24


Dulles, Virginia 21 May 2018 – Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, successfully launched the company’s AntaresTM rocket carrying its CygnusTM spacecraft today at 4:44 a.m. EDT from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad 0A on Wallops Island, Virginia, at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility. The launch marks Orbital ATK’s ninth cargo mission for NASA.

The Antares medium-class rocket matched its record for the heaviest cargo load carried to date with approximately 7,400 pounds (3,350 kilograms) of vital supplies and scientific equipment aboard Cygnus that will be delivered to the crew aboard the International Space Station.

Following an approximate nine-minute ascent, the “S.S. J.R. Thompson” Cygnus spacecraft, named in honor of J.R. Thompson, a distinguished leader in the space industry, was successfully deployed into orbit. Orbital ATK’s engineering team confirmed reliable communications have been established and the vehicle’s solar arrays are fully deployed, providing the necessary electrical power to operate the spacecraft.

“Watching an Antares launch cargo to the International Space Station is always impressive,” said Scott Lehr, President of Orbital ATK’s Flight Systems Group. “The team works very hard to ensure each NASA commercial resupply mission is successful.”

Cygnus will be grappled at approximately 5:20 a.m. EDT on May 24. The spacecraft will remain attached to the space station for approximately seven weeks before departing with up to 7,100 pounds (approximately 3,200 kilograms) of disposal cargo. Cygnus’s large-volume disposal capability is unique among America’s commercial cargo providers and a critical service for NASA.

On this mission, Cygnus will also fly for the first time with an upgraded communications system known as Common Communication for Visiting Vehicles (C2V2). This new system provides Cygnus with the capability for enhanced communication with science payloads and improved interface with hosted payloads on future missions.

“Orbital ATK is proud to once again support the crew on the International Space Station by delivering valuable supplies, equipment and science,” said Frank Culbertson, President of Orbital ATK’s Space Systems Group. “The upgraded avionics and communication system on the spacecraft demonstrate our commitment to increasing the flexibility and versatility of Cygnus to carry a wide range of payloads. We are also honored to name this mission after J.R. Thompson, a pioneer in the space industry and someone who many of us here at Orbital ATK and in the NASA community were honored to call a colleague and friend.”

Once the “S.S. J.R. Thompson” unberths from the space station, a NanoRacks deployer will release six cubesats. Upon completion of its secondary missions, Cygnus will perform a safe, destructive reentry into Earth’s atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean.

Under the CRS-1 contract with NASA, Orbital ATK will deliver approximately 66,000 pounds (30,000 kilograms) of cargo to the space station. Beginning in 2019, the company will carry out a minimum of six cargo missions under NASA’s CRS-2 contract. This partnership is cultivating a robust American commercial space industry, freeing NASA to focus on developing the next-generation rocket and spacecraft that will enable humans to conduct deep space exploration missions.

The Cygnus system consists of a common service module and pressurized cargo module (PCM). Orbital ATK builds and tests the service module at its manufacturing facility in Dulles, Virginia. The company manufactures several other Cygnus components at three facilities in California: UltraFlexTM solar arrays in Goleta, composite structures in San Diego and propellant tanks in Commerce. The PCM is provided by industry partner Thales Alenia Space in Torino, Italy.

B-roll and animation footage for the mission can be found here: http://www.orbitalatk.com/news-room/bmc/#. Please note that media will need to request a PIN for access.

https://www.orbitalatk.com/news-room/release.asp?prid=357
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 05/21/2018 02:32 PM
We were very kindly sent a REVISED Cygnus OA-9E detailed rendezvous timeline based on the end-of-window launch.  It can be found on L2 here: https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=45709.msg1823753#msg1823753
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: SkipMorrow on 05/21/2018 04:03 PM
I was at the launch, watching from the NASA viewing area. This was my first night launch (not counting ORB-3, which was twilight, and exploded). Holy WOW! The way the entire sky was lit up was amazing! Enthusiastic crowd, and a great show from Orbital-ATK, and everyone else involved. Thank you for your hard work. Well done!
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 05/21/2018 04:07 PM
More NASA photos
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: Targeteer on 05/21/2018 04:32 PM
Interesting note from the post flight press conference.  Cygnus will perform a small re-boost of the station.  A followup question indicated no Dragon reboost capability is planned.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: jacqmans on 05/21/2018 04:45 PM
May 21, 2018
RELEASE 18-037

NASA Sends New Research on Orbital ATK Mission to Space Station


Astronauts soon will have new experiments to conduct related to emergency navigation, DNA sequencing and ultra-cold atom research when the research arrives at the International Space Station following the 4:44 a.m. EDT Monday launch of an Orbital ATK Cygnus spacecraft.

Cygnus lifted off on an Antares 230 rocket from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on Orbital ATK’s ninth cargo mission under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services contract. The spacecraft is carrying about 7,400 pounds of research equipment, cargo and supplies that will support dozens of the more than 250 investigations underway on the space station.

NASA astronauts Scott Tingle and Ricky Arnold will use the space station’s robotic arm to capture Cygnus when it arrives at the station Thursday, May 24. Live coverage of the rendezvous and capture will air on NASA Television and the agency’s website beginning at 3:45 a.m. Installation coverage is set to begin at 7:30 a.m.

Included in the cargo in the pressurized area of Cygnus is a centuries-old method of celestial navigation. The Sextant Navigation investigation will explore the use of a hand-held sextant for emergency navigation on missions in deep space as humans look to travel farther from Earth. The ability to sight angles between the Moon or planets and stars offers crews another option to find their way home if communications and main computers are compromised.

Monitoring crew health and the biological environment of the space station, and understanding long-term effects of space travel on both, are critical to NASA’s plans for long-duration, deep space exploration. The Biomolecule Extraction and Sequencing Technology (BEST) study is the agency’s next step toward advancing in-space DNA sequencing technologies that can identify microbial organisms living on the space station and understanding how the DNA of humans, plants and microbes are affected by microgravity.BEST will use a process that sequences DNA directly from a sample, with minimal preparation, rather than using the traditional technique of growing a culture from the sample.

In the realm of modern physics, the new Cold Atom Lab (CAL) on Cygnus could help answer some big questions. CAL creates a temperature 10 billion times colder than the vacuum of space, then uses lasers and magnetic forces to slow down atoms until they are almost motionless. In the microgravity environment of the space station, CAL can observe these ultra-cold atoms for much longer than possible on Earth. Results of this research could lead to a number of improved technologies, including sensors, quantum computers and atomic clocks used in spacecraft navigation.

Cygnus is scheduled to depart the station in July with several tons of trash and burn up during re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere, over the Pacific Ocean. The vehicle is named after James “J.R.” Thompson, a leader in the aerospace industry.

For more than 17 years, humans have lived and worked continuously aboard the International Space Station, advancing scientific knowledge and demonstrating new technologies, making research breakthroughs not possible on Earth that will enable long-duration human and robotic exploration into deep space. A global endeavor, more than 200 people from 18 countries have visited the unique microgravity laboratory that has hosted more than 2,400 research investigations from researchers in 103 countries.

Get breaking news, images and features from the space station on social media at:

https://instagram.com/iss

and

https://www.twitter.com/Space_Station
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: Ragmar on 05/21/2018 05:30 PM
Following this mission, I was looking at the manifest.  It looks like we have OA-10 coming up later this year.  However, do we know if OATK still plans to exercise the Atlas V flight it bought for OA-11 in Spring of next year?
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 05/21/2018 06:15 PM
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Orbital ATK #Antares launch vehicle pushes #Cygnus and 3,350 kgs of science and supplies destined for @Space_Station, @OrbitalATK #OA9

Here the view from my remote camera this morning @SpaceflightIns @nasahqphoto

https://twitter.com/timelapsejunkie/status/998626790720589826
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: Sam Ho on 05/21/2018 07:22 PM
Following this mission, I was looking at the manifest.  It looks like we have OA-10 coming up later this year.  However, do we know if OATK still plans to exercise the Atlas V flight it bought for OA-11 in Spring of next year?
As per Frank DeMauro's comments in the OA-8 prelaunch press conference, all Cygnus missions through OA-13 are planned for Antares.
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“We are ready to respond to our customer’s needs, if they should require something different, but for all of the rest of CRS-1 and so far for the CRS-2 missions we’re planning to do them on Antares.”
http://spacenews.com/orbital-atk-looks-to-antares-to-handle-cargo-resupply-missions/
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: topopesto on 05/21/2018 08:44 PM
Interesting article!

I did not know that was an unpressurized version of Cygnus; are there any drawings?
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: russianhalo117 on 05/21/2018 09:41 PM
Interesting article!

I did not know that was an unpressurized version of Cygnus; are there any drawings?
It is a flat unpressurized logistics carrier similar to those flown on Shuttle and ISS (ESP and ELC). It was also offered during CRS-1 but never selected to fly.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: brickmack on 05/22/2018 12:42 AM
http://space.skyrocket.de/img_sat/cygnus-ucm__2.jpg

Outdated, at minimum there would be UltraFlex arrays to match the Enhanced PCM variant, but thats the general idea
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: DatUser14 on 05/22/2018 12:51 AM
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Orbital ATK #Antares launch vehicle pushes #Cygnus and 3,350 kgs of science and supplies destined for @Space_Station, @OrbitalATK #OA9

Here the view from my remote camera this morning @SpaceflightIns @nasahqphoto

https://twitter.com/timelapsejunkie/status/998626790720589826 (https://twitter.com/timelapsejunkie/status/998626790720589826)
Tweet has been deleted.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 05/22/2018 05:40 AM
Congratulations to Orbital ATK and NASA for the successful launch! The launch was at a decent time for me (6:14 pm), but I had to attend an AIAA meeting that was scheduled to start at 6 pm.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: topopesto on 05/22/2018 06:01 PM
Thank you for the reply!
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: brickmack on 05/22/2018 09:03 PM
I found a video that I think that picture came from, much better quality. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBya5YAUm5k
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: AS_501 on 05/22/2018 09:16 PM
"CAL creates a temperature 10 billion times colder than the vacuum of space."
The next time you're showing an ISS pass to your neighbors or friends, make sure to point that station will contain (from time to time) the coldest matter in the Solar System, far colder than the Lunar South Pole, Pluto etc.   :)
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: edkyle99 on 05/22/2018 09:47 PM
Does anyone know which first stage was used for this flight?

 - Ed Kyle
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: ZachS09 on 05/22/2018 09:59 PM
Does anyone know which first stage was used for this flight?

 - Ed Kyle

I was under the assumption that this first stage was the same one that did the static fire test in May 2016.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: Targeteer on 05/23/2018 01:44 AM
Nice overhead ISS pass in darkening twilight.  No joy on Cygnus.  Not sure I'm getting up at 4am for the next pass...
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: jcm on 05/23/2018 02:31 AM
https://www.orbitalatk.com/news-room/feature-stories/OA9-Mission-Page/Documents/OA-9_FactSheet.pdf

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Once Cygnus is unberthed, a NanoRacks deployer will release seven Cubesats.
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Mission Duration: 2-4 days ascent and phasing
Up to 90 days berthed 
Up to 2 weeks post-ISS departure mission/experiment operations, descent and reentry

Here is the NASA mission summary which hasn't been linked to before on this thread
https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/orbital_atk_crs-9_overview_high_res_rev12.pdf

It says there are 132 kg of EVA equipment on board. Does this include an EMU?
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: deruch on 05/23/2018 09:00 AM
https://www.orbitalatk.com/news-room/feature-stories/OA9-Mission-Page/Documents/OA-9_FactSheet.pdf

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Once Cygnus is unberthed, a NanoRacks deployer will release seven Cubesats.
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Mission Duration: 2-4 days ascent and phasing
Up to 90 days berthed 
Up to 2 weeks post-ISS departure mission/experiment operations, descent and reentry

Here is the NASA mission summary which hasn't been linked to before on this thread
https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/orbital_atk_crs-9_overview_high_res_rev12.pdf

It says there are 132 kg of EVA equipment on board. Does this include an EMU?

I assumed it was the cameras and hardware for EVA 51.  Or would that be considered "Vehicle Hardware"? 
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: SkipMorrow on 05/23/2018 03:11 PM
Nice overhead ISS pass in darkening twilight.  No joy on Cygnus.  Not sure I'm getting up at 4am for the next pass...

A real good pass tonight around 8:42PM for those of us on the east coast. Cygnus should be close behind.

https://twitter.com/NASA_Wallops/status/999293089335398400

There's a possibility of seeing the @Space_Station fly overhead with @OrbitalATK's Cygnus spacecraft following closely behind in the night sky at 8:42 tonight! The space station is scheduled to capture Cygnus at 5:20 a.m. the following morning. https://spotthestation.nasa.gov/

Clouds may make it impossible though :(  Grr.... I have yet to see the ISS with a visitor close behind.
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: Chris Bergin on 05/23/2018 07:24 PM
To the second phase of the mission thread!
https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=45724.0
Title: Re: Cygnus OA-9 - Antares - May 21, 2018
Post by: Chris Bergin on 05/24/2018 02:27 PM
Passing this on past the lock barrier :)



Orbital ATK Cygnus CRS-9 / OA-9 ISS Resupply Mission Antares Post Launch News Conference

Julian Danzer
Published on May 22, 2018

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35YeVD4LKqg?t=001

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35YeVD4LKqg