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LIVE Update thread for Antares and Cygnus processing flow towards the ORB-D mission.

Latest Full Overview Article:
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2013/05/cygnus-mission-iss-moving-september/

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FOR THE SPECIFIC DISCUSSION (NOT UPDATES), SEE THIS THREAD:
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=31845.0

Please note the difference between this thread and the discussion thread.

For everything else, here's the Party Thread (Using A-One party thread for the interim):
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=30923.0

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(Includes updates, videos, graphics, presentations and specific interactive posts - great section now, will be a "L2 SpaceX Standalone Section for ORB-D).

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Re: Orbital's Antares/Cygnus ORB-D Processing Flow Updates
« Reply #1 on: 05/22/2013 08:44 PM »
As per Michael Suffredini, the launch is planned on September 12th.

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« Reply #2 on: 07/11/2013 12:40 AM »
http://www.orbital.com/Antares-Cygnus/

COTS Demonstration Mission - Schedule Update (as of July 10, 2013)

September 14-19 now, but if range opens, could be as early as end August.

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« Reply #3 on: 07/11/2013 01:23 PM »
The schedule puzzles me a bit. If LADEE isn't scheduled to launch until Sept 6-10, isn't there still room for ORB-D to launch in late August and still prepare the range for the LADEE launch more than a week later ?

Why would LADEE need exclusive access to the range pre-launch ? Or does Cygnus need the range assets while performing the pre-berthing maneuvers required by the COTS-D milestones ?

Is the CBM port on the ISS free all this time ?

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The schedule puzzles me a bit. If LADEE isn't scheduled to launch until Sept 6-10, isn't there still room for ORB-D to launch in late August and still prepare the range for the LADEE launch more than a week later ?

Why would LADEE need exclusive access to the range pre-launch ? Or does Cygnus need the range assets while performing the pre-berthing maneuvers required by the COTS-D milestones ?

Is the CBM port on the ISS free all this time ?

Nope, there's HTV-4 (launch August 3, currently planned for unberthing on September 4). Of course such ingress schedules can be jiggled around....
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Re: Orbital's Antares/Cygnus ORB-D Processing Flow Updates
« Reply #5 on: 07/11/2013 04:33 PM »
LADEE probably doesn't want to be stacked at the pad with a large launch vehicle in flight above it.
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« Reply #6 on: 07/11/2013 11:38 PM »
LINK: http://www.nasa.gov/content/orbital-sciences-targeting-september-launch-to-station/#.Ud_qGxYnL8s

Orbital Sciences Targeting September Launch To Station
July 11, 2013

Orbital Sciences, one of NASA’s two partners participating in the Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program, announced it is now targeting a mid-September launch window for its demonstration flight to the International Space Station. Orbital will launch its Cygnus cargo spacecraft aboard the Antares rocket between Sept. 14-19 from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. It will spend several days heading toward the International Space Station where it will perform a series of checkout maneuvers, ensuring it can safely enter the keep-out zone of the orbiting complex. After those tests have been passed, Cygnus will proceed for an attempted rendezvous with the space station and will be captured by the crew on board. The rendezvous is targeted for Sept. 22.
It is a busy time for the Wallops range. NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) is scheduled to launch from Sept. 6-10. LADEE is a robotic mission that will orbit the moon to gather detailed information about the lunar atmosphere, conditions near the surface and environmental influences on lunar dust.
After successful completion of a COTS demonstration mission to the station, Orbital will begin conducting eight planned cargo resupply flights to the orbiting laboratory through NASA's $1.9 billion CRS contract with the company.
NASA initiatives, such as COTS, are helping to develop a robust U.S. commercial space transportation industry with the goal of achieving safe, reliable and cost-effective transportation to and from the International Space Station and low-Earth orbit. NASA's Commercial Crew Program also is working with commercial space partners to develop capabilities to launch U.S. astronauts from American soil in the next few years.
For more information on the Orbital flight to the space station, visit:
http://www.nasa.gov/orbital

Article Image Caption:
WALLOPS ISLAND, Va.--NASA commercial space partner Orbital Sciences Corporation launched its Antares rocket at 5 p.m. EDT, Sunday, April 21, from the new Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad-0A at the agency's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.
Image Credit: NASA/Chris Perry

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COTS Demo Mission on Sept 15 takes place about 12:00 noon and moves about 20 min. earlier per day if the schedule slips.

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Re: Orbital's Antares/Cygnus ORB-D Processing Flow Updates
« Reply #8 on: 08/16/2013 03:59 PM »
FWIW, there's a post FRR briefing tentatively up on the NASA TV schedule.

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Re: Orbital's Antares/Cygnus ORB-D Processing Flow Updates
« Reply #9 on: 08/17/2013 06:55 PM »
http://www.orbital.com/Antares-Cygnus/

Orbital Updates Schedule for COTS Demonstration Mission
August 2013

Orbital Sciences Corporation is targeting September 15 as the first opportunity to conduct the Antares launch of our Cygnus spacecraft for the COTS Demonstration Mission to the International Space Station (ISS) originating from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility.   In the event that weather or other operational factors require the date to shift, the company will seek to carry out the launch no later than September 19.  Currently, the Antares rocket for the COTS Demonstration Mission is completing testing at the Horizontal Integration Facility (HIF) at Wallops and will soon begin integration with the Cygnus spacecraft.  Orbital anticipates that it will roll out the Antares rocket with the integrated Cygnus spacecraft to Pad 0A at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) on or about September 11 to be ready for a September 15 launch.

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Re: Orbital's Antares/Cygnus ORB-D Processing Flow Updates
« Reply #10 on: 08/17/2013 07:21 PM »
http://www.orbital.com/Antares-Cygnus/

Orbital Updates Schedule for COTS Demonstration Mission
August 2013

Orbital Sciences Corporation is targeting September 15 as the first opportunity to conduct the Antares launch of our Cygnus spacecraft for the COTS Demonstration Mission to the International Space Station (ISS) originating from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility.   In the event that weather or other operational factors require the date to shift, the company will seek to carry out the launch no later than September 19.  Currently, the Antares rocket for the COTS Demonstration Mission is completing testing at the Horizontal Integration Facility (HIF) at Wallops and will soon begin integration with the Cygnus spacecraft.  Orbital anticipates that it will roll out the Antares rocket with the integrated Cygnus spacecraft to Pad 0A at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) on or about September 11 to be ready for a September 15 launch.
Why did they pick Sept. 11th. ?   Why not the 10th or the 12th.?
 
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« Reply #11 on: 08/17/2013 09:07 PM »
Exactly what is wrong with rolling out a rocket on Sept 11, Prober?

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« Reply #12 on: 08/17/2013 09:18 PM »

Hope Orbital is not after good press that day.
 

I doubt they care about good press until after (successful) launch and Cygnus mission.

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« Reply #13 on: 08/18/2013 12:28 AM »
Exactly what is wrong with rolling out a rocket on Sept 11, Prober?

Exactly. It's not exactly a national holiday, and people have work to do.

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« Reply #14 on: 08/18/2013 02:06 AM »
An American company attempting to launch the United States' second capability for getting equipment to the ISS...

That is a pretty good tribute to 9/11 in my mind.

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COTS Demonstration Mission Schedule Update (as of August 22, 2013)

August 2013

Following a planning and coordination meeting held yesterday, August 21, Orbital and NASA have identified September 17, 2013 as the targeted launch date for the COTS Demonstration Mission to the International Space Station. The launch of Orbital's Antares rocket carrying the company's Cygnus cargo logistics spacecraft will originate from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport launch pad 0A located at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility. Orbital's Antares team is targeting a launch time of 11:16 a.m., which is at the opening of an available 15-minute launch window.

http://www.orbital.com/Antares-Cygnus/
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« Reply #16 on: 08/22/2013 09:44 PM »
I'm surprised that the launch window is so long.
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Re: Orbital's Antares/Cygnus ORB-D Processing Flow Updates
« Reply #17 on: 08/23/2013 12:37 AM »
There was some good discussion of trajectories on the A-One thread:
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=30921.105

If a dogleg is part of the flight plan anyway, then ... can the length of the window be attributed to adjusting when the dogleg turn takes place, i.e. can the launch vehicle use that to fly back into the plane of the ISS orbit?
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NASA to Preview Orbital Sciences Flight to Space Station


NASA will host a televised news conference at 4 p.m. EDT Wednesday, Sept. 4, to preview the upcoming test flight of Orbital Sciences Corp.'s Cygnus cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station.

The news conference will originate from NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston at the conclusion of a meeting in which senior NASA managers, space station partners and Orbital Sciences officials will evaluate the spacecraft's readiness for flight. Cygnus is scheduled for launch Tuesday, Sept. 17, from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

Briefing participants are:

-- Michael Suffredini, International Space Station program manager

-- Alan Lindenmoyer, Commercial Orbital Transportation Services program manager

-- Frank Culbertson, Orbital Sciences Corp. executive vice president

-- Courtenay McMillan, NASA flight director

The briefing will be broadcast live on NASA Television and on the agency's website.

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« Reply #20 on: 09/04/2013 03:48 PM »
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MEDIA ADVISORY M13-139

NASA will host a televised news conference at 4 p.m. EDT Wednesday, Sept. 4, to preview the upcoming test flight of Orbital Sciences Corp.'s Cygnus cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station.
As announced in the ISS Update hour / HTV-4 release coverage, this briefing has moved an hour earlier today to 3 pm Eastern.
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If there's anyone around to cover that briefing, I'd appreciate it, as I'll be AWOL around that time.

FRR has passed if NASA tweeting out the launch date is an indication.

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« Reply #22 on: 09/04/2013 07:15 PM »
If there's anyone around to cover that briefing, I'd appreciate it, as I'll be AWOL around that time.

FRR has passed if NASA tweeting out the launch date is an indication.

 
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« Reply #23 on: 09/04/2013 07:19 PM »
End of the Cots program
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« Reply #24 on: 09/04/2013 07:24 PM »
800kg in this test
late load test this Sat.

Test flight named GW Low.
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« Reply #25 on: 09/04/2013 07:28 PM »
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« Reply #26 on: 09/04/2013 07:32 PM »
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« Reply #27 on: 09/04/2013 07:39 PM »
Cygnus Integration begun today.
 
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Launches possible 17th thru 29th.
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« Reply #28 on: 09/04/2013 07:49 PM »
"If Orbital is ready to launch in Dec. they will get the launch."
"We need a launch in Dec."
"We don't see SpaceX launch to ISS until Jan."
 
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« Reply #29 on: 09/04/2013 07:55 PM »
Antares rollout on the 13th.
 
 
 
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« Reply #32 on: 09/04/2013 11:57 PM »
NASA's Orbital Sciences Mission Preview Briefing material are here.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/nasa2explore/sets/72157635370456732/

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« Reply #33 on: 09/05/2013 02:05 AM »
"If Orbital is ready to launch in Dec. they will get the launch."
"We need a launch in Dec."
"We don't see SpaceX launch to ISS until Jan."
 

He never said "We need a launch in Dec." He said they're good until 2014 in terms of logistics and 2015 in terms of consumables.
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« Reply #34 on: 09/05/2013 02:38 AM »
Question about after ISS.

Talks about how Cygnus could be used for beyond-LEO cargo transport and how the Cygnus bus could carry a habitation module or ECLSS some other cargo for a Mission to eg Mars. Emphasized that Cygnus's bus is capable of very long-duration missions.


Very, very interesting, I was thinking about these sorts of ideas! I hope they release concept studies on these ideas.
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« Reply #35 on: 09/05/2013 03:42 AM »
"If Orbital is ready to launch in Dec. they will get the launch."
"We need a launch in Dec."
"We don't see SpaceX launch to ISS until Jan."
 

He never said "We need a launch in Dec." He said they're good until 2014 in terms of logistics and 2015 in terms of consumables.

your free to invest your time and effort to cover the next briefing if you don't care for my efforts.
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« Reply #36 on: 09/05/2013 04:47 AM »
"If Orbital is ready to launch in Dec. they will get the launch."
"We need a launch in Dec."
"We don't see SpaceX launch to ISS until Jan."
 

He never said "We need a launch in Dec." He said they're good until 2014 in terms of logistics and 2015 in terms of consumables.

your free to invest your time and effort to cover the next briefing if you don't care for my efforts.
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« Reply #37 on: 09/05/2013 01:35 PM »
"If Orbital is ready to launch in Dec. they will get the launch."
"We need a launch in Dec."
"We don't see SpaceX launch to ISS until Jan."
 

He never said "We need a launch in Dec." He said they're good until 2014 in terms of logistics and 2015 in terms of consumables.

your free to invest your time and effort to cover the next briefing if you don't care for my efforts.
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If you misrepresent what is said, you shouldn't be offended if it is corrected.

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« Reply #38 on: 09/05/2013 04:14 PM »
I just finished listening. It sounds like they are good with consumables, but they would have to cut back on the number of hours of science per week (currently at 43).

So the CRS program needs to keep a decent cadence, or the amount of research on the ISS suffers.

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« Reply #39 on: 09/05/2013 05:23 PM »
I just finished listening. It sounds like they are good with consumables, but they would have to cut back on the number of hours of science per week (currently at 43).

So the CRS program needs to keep a decent cadence, or the amount of research on the ISS suffers.

I didn't get that impression. The impression I got was that they are far ahead on consumables such that they wouldn't need to do any cutting back (and actually, how would the supply of consumables depend on how much science is done? No one has even HINTED about lowering the crew complement, that'd be an extreme measure.)
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« Reply #40 on: 09/05/2013 05:26 PM »
I just finished listening. It sounds like they are good with consumables, but they would have to cut back on the number of hours of science per week (currently at 43).

So the CRS program needs to keep a decent cadence, or the amount of research on the ISS suffers.

I didn't get that impression. The impression I got was that they are far ahead on consumables such that they wouldn't need to do any cutting back (and actually, how would the supply of consumables depend on how much science is done? No one has even HINTED about lowering the crew complement, that'd be an extreme measure.)

How about putting it this way..

Food, Clothes, Water, oxygen are fine for supporting the astronauts.
They need the cargo ships to delivery more experiments to keep the astronauts busy with science instead of simple maintenance chores.

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« Reply #41 on: 09/05/2013 05:30 PM »
I just finished listening. It sounds like they are good with consumables, but they would have to cut back on the number of hours of science per week (currently at 43).

So the CRS program needs to keep a decent cadence, or the amount of research on the ISS suffers.

I didn't get that impression. The impression I got was that they are far ahead on consumables such that they wouldn't need to do any cutting back (and actually, how would the supply of consumables depend on how much science is done? No one has even HINTED about lowering the crew complement, that'd be an extreme measure.)

How about putting it this way..

Food, Clothes, Water, oxygen are fine for supporting the astronauts.
They need the cargo ships to delivery more experiments to keep the astronauts busy with science instead of simple maintenance chores.

That isn't consumables, that would be logistics. I believe that distinction was made in the briefing.
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Re: Orbital's Antares/Cygnus ORB-D Processing Flow Updates
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Orbital Sciences/Cygnus Demonstation Mission

Published on Sep 5, 2013
This video shows highlights of the Orbital Sciences A-ONE launch mission in April 21, 2013 and the preparations for the Sept. 17 launch of Cygnus on its first demonstration flight to the International Space Station.

Read more about Orbital Sciences participation in NASA's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services here: www.nasa.gov/orbital

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Orbital Sciences/Cygnus Demonstration Flight Animation

Published on Sep 5, 2013
This animation shows the launch of the Orbital Sciences Cygnus cargo ship and its rendezvous with the International Space Station.

Read more about Orbital Sciences' participation in NASA's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services here: www.nasa.gov/orbital

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« Reply #44 on: 09/07/2013 02:55 AM »
Orbital has updated their Antares/Cygnus page with a couple of images of spacecraft mate to the booster:

"Cygnus Mated to Antares"
http://www.orbital.com/Antares-Cygnus/

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« Reply #45 on: 09/07/2013 03:07 AM »
Orbital has updated their Antares/Cygnus page with a couple of images of spacecraft mate to the booster:

"Cygnus Mated to Antares"
http://www.orbital.com/Antares-Cygnus/

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« Reply #46 on: 09/07/2013 03:47 PM »
Will the launch trajectory mirror Antares' April launch...thank you.

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« Reply #47 on: 09/09/2013 10:23 AM »
Will the launch trajectory mirror Antares' April launch...thank you.

A Chinese guy has answered your question, and he wished you can see it:)
The answer can be found here: http://bbs.9ifly.cn/forum.php?mod=redirect&goto=findpost&ptid=11429&pid=264357&fromuid=24484

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« Reply #48 on: 09/09/2013 10:52 AM »
Will the launch trajectory mirror Antares' April launch...thank you.

A Chinese guy has answered your question, and he wished you can see it:)
The answer can be found here: http://bbs.9ifly.cn/forum.php?mod=redirect&goto=findpost&ptid=11429&pid=264357&fromuid=24484

So, a Chinese national posted the lauch trajectory of the upcoming Orb-D mission on a public forum? I wonder when Senator Wolf will send in the NSA hackers to have that forum taken down.

Sorry. Couldn't resist.  ;) ;)

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Will the launch trajectory mirror Antares' April launch...thank you.

A Chinese guy has answered your question, and he wished you can see it:)
The answer can be found here: http://bbs.9ifly.cn/forum.php?mod=redirect&goto=findpost&ptid=11429&pid=264357&fromuid=24484

So, a Chinese national posted the lauch trajectory of the upcoming Orb-D mission on a public forum? I wonder when Senator Wolf will send in the NSA hackers to have that forum taken down.

Sorry. Couldn't resist.  ;) ;)

I'm ROFL-ing on the ground right now.....  ;)

OK seriously, since on the Antares test flight the payloads were deployed into a 51.6 degree inclination orbit, I believe the launch trajectory will be the same as in the last launch.
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« Reply #50 on: 09/10/2013 02:29 AM »
When are we going to set up the Orbital Sciences Beer Kegger Party thread? SpaceX brought the cheese, but it's not a party until you've got the keg! ;)
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« Reply #51 on: 09/10/2013 11:51 AM »
We also lacked one when Orbital's LADEE jumped over the moon :(

Those kinda things only happen at keggers, and never at wine and cheese parties ;)
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« Reply #52 on: 09/10/2013 03:23 PM »
When are we going to set up the Orbital Sciences Beer Kegger Party thread? SpaceX brought the cheese, but it's not a party until you've got the keg! ;)

Let's see popcorn for the next SpaceX launch party;  How about pretzel's for Antares?
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« Reply #54 on: 09/10/2013 03:43 PM »
Tis getting close to Oktoberfest ...

good name for a party thread..... "Orbitalfest"
 
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OktorbitalFest?

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OktorbitalFest?
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« Reply #59 on: 09/10/2013 07:18 PM »
"Virginia is for Launchers"  ?

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« Reply #60 on: 09/10/2013 08:06 PM »
Orbital has updated their Antares/Cygnus page with a couple of images of spacecraft mate to the booster:

"Cygnus Mated to Antares"
http://www.orbital.com/Antares-Cygnus/
Page updated with late load images.

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I'll set up the relevant threads either today or tomorrow, as this is closing in now.

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NASA TV Coverage Set for Orbital Sciences Demonstration Mission


NASA Television will air pre- and post-launch news conferences and provide live launch coverage of Orbital Sciences Corporation's cargo resupply demonstration mission to the International Space Station. 

The company's Cygnus cargo carrier will be the first spacecraft launched to the orbiting laboratory from Virginia. It will be launched aboard Orbital's Antares rocket at 11:16 a.m. EDT Tuesday, Sept. 17, from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad-0A at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in eastern Virginia.

NASA TV launch commentary coverage will begin at 10:45 a.m. Video b-roll of launch preparations will air at 10:30 a.m. A post-launch news briefing will begin at approximately 1 p.m. at the Wallops Visitors Center. NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston will operate a phone bridge for the pre- and post-launch briefings. To participate in any briefing by phone, reporters must call the Johnson newsroom at 281-483-5111 at least 15 minutes before the start of the briefing.

Cygnus will deliver about 1,300 pounds (589 kilograms) of cargo, including food and clothing, to the Expedition 37 crew aboard the space station. Future flights of Cygnus will significantly increase NASA's ability to deliver new science investigations to the nation's only laboratory in microgravity.

NASA will preview the launch and mission in a news conference at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, at the Wallops Visitors Center. NASA TV and the agency's website will air the briefing live with question and answer capability available from participating NASA centers or on the telephone. Questions also can be asked during the briefings via Twitter by using the hashtag #askNASA.

The briefing participants are:
-- Alan Lindenmoyer, program manager, NASA's Commercial Crew and Cargo Program
-- Frank Culbertson, executive vice president, Orbital Sciences Corp.
-- Mike Pinkston, Antares program manager, Orbital Sciences Corp.
-- Sarah Daugherty, test director, NASA's Wallops Flight Facility

The deadline to apply for accreditation to attend the launch is 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12 for media who are U.S. citizens. The deadline has passed for non-U.S. citizens. For additional information regarding accreditation contact Keith Koehler at [email protected]

Rendezvous with the space station is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 22. NASA Television coverage will begin at 4:30 a.m. and will continue through the capture and installation of the Cygnus spacecraft. Capture is scheduled for about 7:17 a.m. with installation of the craft beginning about 9 a.m.

At about 1 p.m., after Cygnus operations are complete, a joint news conference will take place at Johnson and at Orbital's Headquarters at 45101 Warp Drive in Dulles, Va. The briefing will be carried live on NASA Television and the agency's website. Media interested in attending the briefing in Houston should contact Johnson's newsroom no later than 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20. Media who are U.S. citizens and want to attend the briefing at Orbital should call Barron Beneski at 703-406-5528 or email [email protected] by noon Friday, Sept. 20. Media who are not U.S. citizens must submit their information to Orbital by noon Monday, Sept. 16.

Orbital is the second of NASA’s two partners taking part in the agency's COTS program. The goal of this program is to develop safe, reliable, and cost effective cargo transportation systems. Orbital began its work in 2008. Following a successful demonstration mission, the company is poised to begin regular resupply missions. The other partner, Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX), began its work in 2006, and after a successful test flight in 2012, began flying regular cargo missions to the space station.

During Cygnus' flight to the station, several of the spacecraft's systems and capabilities will be tested. After the space station flight control team has verified the results of these objectives, the spacecraft will be cleared to approach the station several days after launch. Cygnus will undergo more tests and maneuvers and ultimately will arrive beneath the outpost, where astronauts on board will use the station’s arm to capture the craft. They then will install it on the bottom side of the station’s Harmony module.

For NASA TV streaming video, downlink and scheduling information, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/ntv 

For information on the International Space Station, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/station

For more information about the mission, and for updated schedules of tours, briefings and NASA TV coverage, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/orbital


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« Reply #62 on: 09/11/2013 12:04 AM »
SpaceX took ice cream didn't they?

Will be interesting to see if Orbital has any treats in store.

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« Reply #63 on: 09/11/2013 05:24 AM »
Orbital has updated their Antares/Cygnus page with a couple of images of spacecraft mate to the booster:

"Cygnus Mated to Antares"
http://www.orbital.com/Antares-Cygnus/
Page updated with late load images.
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« Reply #64 on: 09/11/2013 01:12 PM »
Is this the largest spacecraft (for actual flight purposes) that Orbital has ever built? I know that they've built some comsats and other commercial satellites too.
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« Reply #65 on: 09/11/2013 03:06 PM »
Is this the largest spacecraft (for actual flight purposes) that Orbital has ever built? I know that they've built some comsats and other commercial satellites too.

As far as height, the ORB-Demo vehicle is about 5.6 meters, which is about the same size as the largest commercial GEO bird that Orbital has launched. But there's plans for a stretched Cygnus that will add another meter in length.

The heaviest commercial GEO for Orbital is around 3500 kg. The standard Cygnus can go up to around 4700 kg and the enhanced around 6500 kg.
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« Reply #66 on: 09/11/2013 03:17 PM »
...but how large are Orbital GEO Satellites compared to Cygnus when the solar panels and antenna are deployed. If that metric was use, the title goes to Orbitals commercial GO business ;)
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« Reply #67 on: 09/11/2013 03:50 PM »
...but how large are Orbital GEO Satellites compared to Cygnus when the solar panels and antenna are deployed. If that metric was use, the title goes to Orbitals commercial GO business ;)

Well, yeah. :D . Now you're talking about 23.6 meters (930 inches) from tip to tip on the solar arrays after they're deployed. And after the communications reflectors are deployed on the largest of Orbital's GEOs, they stretch about 9 meters (~360 inches) tip to tip in the "East-West" direction. But these appendages remain stowed from prior to mating to the launch vehicle until one to two weeks after launch.
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« Reply #68 on: 09/11/2013 04:29 PM »
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As far as height, the ORB-Demo vehicle is about 5.6 meters, which is about the same size as the largest commercial GEO bird that Orbital has launched. But there's plans for a stretched Cygnus that will add another meter in length....
Not just plans at this point. The pressure vessels for the first few Advanced Cygnuses (Cygnii?) have already been manufactured: http://www.orbital.com/Antares-Cygnus/

(in the July 2013 update)
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« Reply #69 on: 09/11/2013 05:42 PM »
Is this the largest spacecraft (for actual flight purposes) that Orbital has ever built? I know that they've built some comsats and other commercial satellites too.
The "large" part of the Cygnus, the pressurized cargo module, is built by Europe's Thales Alenia Space.
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« Reply #70 on: 09/11/2013 05:45 PM »
...and the solar arrays (for Advanced Cygnus) are the UltraFlex arrays built by ATK. Regardless, making a pressure vessel is not making a spacecraft. Orbital built Cygnus, Thales built one of the parts.
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« Reply #71 on: 09/11/2013 08:02 PM »
The Cygnus page has newer pictures than even yesterday with the fairing encapsulated.

Yes it looks like there are at least two Enhanced Cygni (6 of the "rings") in production in the photos.
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« Reply #72 on: 09/12/2013 01:38 AM »
The Cygnus page has newer pictures than even yesterday with the fairing encapsulated.
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« Reply #73 on: 09/12/2013 07:56 PM »
...and the solar arrays (for Advanced Cygnus) are the UltraFlex arrays built by ATK. Regardless, making a pressure vessel is not making a spacecraft. Orbital built Cygnus, Thales built one of the parts.
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« Reply #74 on: 09/12/2013 08:05 PM »
...and the solar arrays (for Advanced Cygnus) are the UltraFlex arrays built by ATK. Regardless, making a pressure vessel is not making a spacecraft. Orbital built Cygnus, Thales built one of the parts.
To me, "building" implies brute force parts manufacturing and assembly, Henry Ford style.  Orbital assembled Cygnus (and Antares), but almost all of the parts came from subcontractors.

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Great work by Orbital to get a load of resources published.....
http://www.orbital.com/NewsInfo/MissionUpdates/Orb-D1/

Rollout operations begin at about 12:30 a.m local. The rocket first emerges from the HIF about 2:30 a.m., the rocket with the integrated Cygnus travels about one mile to MARS pad 0A, and by early morning hours, if all goes well, we'll have an upright Antares on the pad.

I'll use this post to be the basis of the main live update thread for the launch.

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« Reply #76 on: 09/13/2013 02:13 AM »
Great work by Orbital to get a load of resources published.....
http://www.orbital.com/NewsInfo/MissionUpdates/Orb-D1/

Rollout operations begin at about 12:30 a.m local. ., the rocket with the integrated Cygnus travels about one mile to MARS pad 0A, and by early morning hours, if all goes well, we'll have an upright Antares on the pad.

I'll use this post to be the basis of the main live update thread for the launch.
Should read: The rocket first emerges from the HIF about 2:30 P.m.  :D
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Actually, let's keep on this thread for rollout.

We can start a launch thread at L-1 day next week.

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« Reply #79 on: 09/13/2013 03:55 PM »
During today's NASA TV ISS update, they streamed snippits of the rollout.  Is that an internal stream or is there public access to that somewhere?

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« Reply #80 on: 09/13/2013 04:00 PM »
Orbital Sciences Orb-D1 patch
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« Reply #81 on: 09/13/2013 04:34 PM »
During today's NASA TV ISS update, they streamed snippits of the rollout.  Is that an internal stream or is there public access to that somewhere?

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« Reply #83 on: 09/13/2013 11:15 PM »


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Per L2, 24 hour delay to launch. Will update the article.

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Per L2, 24 hour delay to launch. Will update the article.

What's the launch window on Wednesday? (I guess it opens at 10:5X am EDT?)
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Launch window of Antares and Cygnus for #cotsdemo mission on Setember 18 would be 10:50 to 11:05 am EDT

https://twitter.com/OrbitalSciences/status/378903629412851712
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Per L2, 24 hour delay to launch. Will update the article.

What's the launch window on Wednesday? (I guess it opens at 10:5X am EDT?)

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Orbital Sciences ‏@OrbitalSciences
#Antares launch of #Cygnus for #cotsdemo mission delayed 24 hours.  Overnight testing ID'd faulty cable-now replaced.  Retest later today.

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Launch window of #Antares and #Cygnus for #cotsdemo mission on Setember 18 would be 10:50 to 11:05 am EDT
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Orbital (using a PR company now it seems):

Following a launch review meeting held earlier this morning, Orbital’s Antares team has decided to postpone the launch of the COTS Demonstration mission from Wallops Island, VA by at least 24 hours.

The combination of yesterday’s poor weather that delayed roll-out of the rocket to the launch pad and a technical issue that was identified during a combined systems test held last night involving communications between ground equipment and the rocket’s flight computer drove the decision to delay the launch.   

After comprehensive inspection and testing this morning, the problem was found and turned out to be an inoperative cable, which is being replaced.  Orbital will repeat the combined systems test later today.  Once that important test is successfully completed, the team will be able to proceed toward a September 18 launch.

The launch window on September 18 is from 10:50 to 11:05 a.m. (EDT)

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Cargo was late loaded into Orbital Sciences Cygnus Spacecraft, which is due to launch on it's first flight to the International Space Station on September 18th.

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MEDIA ADVISORY M13-149


Updated Launch Date, NASA TV Coverage for Orbital Sciences Demonstration Mission


Orbital Sciences Corp. of Dulles, Va., will postpone by at least 24 hours the launch of its Antares rocket and Cygnus spacecraft on a demonstration mission to the International Space Station. The new launch window is targeted for Wednesday, Sept. 18 between 10:50 to 11:05 a.m. EDT from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad-0A at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in eastern Virginia.

Cygnus' rendezvous with the space station remains scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 22. NASA Television will air pre- and post-launch news conferences and provide live launch and rendezvous coverage of the mission.

The postponement is due to a combination of Friday’s poor weather, which delayed rollout of Antares to the launch pad, and a technical issue identified during a combined systems test held Friday night involving communications between ground equipment and the rocket’s flight computer. The problem has been identified and corrected. The teams are working to understand why the problem occurred.

NASA will preview the launch and mission in a news conference at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, at the Wallops Visitors Center. NASA TV and the agency's website will air the briefing live with question and answer capability available from participating NASA centers or on the telephone. To participate using the phone bridge, which is operated out of NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, journalists must call the Johnson newsroom at 281-483-5111 by 1:45 p.m.

Questions also can be asked during all briefings via Twitter by using the hashtag #askNASA.

The prelaunch briefing participants are:

-- Alan Lindenmoyer, program manager, NASA's Commercial Crew and Cargo Program
-- Frank Culbertson, executive vice president, Orbital Sciences Corp.
-- Mike Pinkston, Antares program manager, Orbital Sciences Corp.
-- Sarah Daugherty, test director, NASA's Wallops Flight Facility

NASA TV launch commentary coverage will begin at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18. Video b-roll of launch preparations will air at 10 a.m.

A post-launch news briefing will begin at approximately 12:30 p.m. at the Wallops Visitors Center. Johnson Space Center will operate a phone bridge for the post-launch briefings. To participate in the briefing by phone, reporters must call the Johnson newsroom at 281-483-5111 at least 15 minutes before the start of the briefing.

The deadline to apply for accreditation to attend the launch has passed.

On Sunday, Sept. 22, NASA Television coverage of rendezvous will begin at 4:30 a.m. and will continue through the capture and installation of the Cygnus spacecraft. Capture is scheduled for about 7:17 a.m. with installation of the craft beginning about 9 a.m.

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Re: Orbital's Antares/Cygnus ORB-D Processing Flow Updates
« Reply #92 on: 09/14/2013 07:21 PM »
Received statement from Orbital via NASA PAO a little while back, also posted here:

http://www.orbital.com/Antares-Cygnus/

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After comprehensive inspection and testing this morning, the problem was found and turned out to be an inoperative cable, which is being replaced. Orbital will repeat the combined systems test later today. Once that important test is successfully completed, the team will be able to proceed toward a September 18 launch.

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Our #Antares and #Cygnus launch teams for the #cotsdemo successfully completed CST late last night. On track for launch on 9/18 at 10:50am

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Launch Readiness Review complete. We are go for a Wednesday 10:50 am launch.

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Re: Orbital's Antares/Cygnus ORB-D Processing Flow Updates
« Reply #95 on: 09/17/2013 07:01 AM »
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Re: Orbital's Antares/Cygnus ORB-D Processing Flow Updates
« Reply #96 on: 09/17/2013 01:06 PM »
If you're happy and you know it,
It's your med's!

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Re: Orbital's Antares/Cygnus ORB-D Processing Flow Updates
« Reply #97 on: 09/17/2013 01:14 PM »
Sun Rise
http://www.flickr.com/photos/nasahqphoto/9783747841/

Poor Bill Ingalls.  Never a moment's rest.  Just back from Kazakhstan and already out at Wallops for ORB-D. 

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Re: Orbital's Antares/Cygnus ORB-D Processing Flow Updates
« Reply #98 on: 09/17/2013 01:35 PM »
Well the rocket was happy to see him.
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Re: Orbital's Antares/Cygnus ORB-D Processing Flow Updates
« Reply #99 on: 09/17/2013 01:42 PM »
Well the rocket was happy to see him.

If this doesn't show we need the party thread started ASAP, I don't know what does. :D

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Setting that up shortly ;)

We'll have the launch thread later too, as we've already got a great launch day article from William Graham, so we're going to be in great shape for tomorrow.

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Re: Orbital's Antares/Cygnus ORB-D Processing Flow Updates
« Reply #101 on: 09/17/2013 01:55 PM »
we're going to be in great shape for tomorrow.

We (NSF) are ready.  Now, let the weather, the range and the vehicle do the same!

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Re: Orbital's Antares/Cygnus ORB-D Processing Flow Updates
« Reply #102 on: 09/17/2013 03:59 PM »
ORBITAL SET TO LAUNCH COTS DEMONSTRATION MISSION TO INTERNATIONAL SPACE
STATION TOMORROW

-- Upcoming Mission Represents Final Milestone in the Development of
Antares Launch Vehicle and Cygnus Cargo Logistics Spacecraft --

(Dulles, VA  17 September 2013) – Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB),
one of the world’s leading space technology companies, today announced it
is prepared to launch its Antares rocket carrying the company’s new Cygnus
cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS) tomorrow morning.
The launch is currently planned to take place on Wednesday, September 18,
with lift-off scheduled at 10:50 a.m. (EDT) from the Mid-Atlantic Regional
Spaceport (MARS) at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, VA.
Antares will launch Cygnus into a targeted orbit of 245 x 300 kilometers,
inclined at 51.6 degrees to the equator.  Following in-orbit activation
shortly after launch, Cygnus will carry out a series of tests and maneuvers
over a four-day period to demonstrate its readiness to rendezvous and berth
with the station, now planned for Sunday, September 22.

“Antares is the largest and most complex rocket Orbital has ever produced,”
said Mr. David W. Thompson, Orbital’s President and Chief Executive
Officer.  “After its flawless inaugural flight in April, we have been
actively preparing for this next critical, much-anticipated milestone.
Likewise, Cygnus is one of the most sophisticated spacecraft Orbital has
developed and built.  As an integral part of the Space Station program, it
meets NASA’s requirements for a human-rated level of safety.  Our
engineering and operations teams are very excited to be on the threshold of
launching and conducting this mission, which they have been working toward
for the last five years.”

The goal of the mission is to demonstrate the capability of Orbital’s cargo
transportation system to reliably deliver cargo to the ISS, which will lead
to regularly scheduled missions beginning as early as December.  This
demonstration flight is the final milestone in Orbital’s Commercial Orbital
Transportation Services (COTS) joint research and development initiative
with NASA.  Under the COTS program, which began in 2008, NASA and Orbital
developed Cygnus, which meets the stringent human-rated safety requirements
for ISS operations.  Orbital also privately developed the Antares launch
vehicle to provide low-cost, reliable access to space for medium-class
payloads. Together, these elements are being used for the COTS flight
demonstration of Orbital’s commercial cargo supply capability to the ISS.

Pending the successful completion of the COTS program, Orbital will begin
regularly scheduled cargo delivery missions to the ISS under its $1.9
billion Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract with NASA.  Under the
CRS contract, Orbital will deliver approximately 20,000 kilograms of net
cargo to the ISS over eight missions through 2016.  For these missions,
NASA will manifest a variety of essential items based on ISS program needs,
including food, clothing, crew supplies, spare parts and equipment, and
scientific experiments.

About Antares
The Antares medium-class launch vehicle will provide a major increase in
the payload launch capability that Orbital can provide to NASA, the U.S.
Air Force and commercial customers.  The Antares rocket will launch
spacecraft weighing up to 14,000 lbs. into low-Earth orbit, as well as
lighter-weight payloads into higher-energy orbits.  Orbital’s newest
launcher is currently on-ramped to both the NASA Launch Services-2 and the
U.S. Air Force’s Orbital/Suborbital Program-3 contracts, enabling the two
largest U.S. government space launch customers to order Antares for
“right-size and right-price” launch services for medium-class spacecraft.
For more information on Antares, visit
http://www.orbital.com/SpaceLaunch/Antares/.

About Cygnus
Orbital developed the Cygnus cargo spacecraft as part of its COTS joint
research and development initiative with NASA.  Cygnus consists of a common
Service Module (SM) and a Pressurized Cargo Module (PCM).  The SM
incorporates avionics, power and propulsion systems already successfully
flown aboard dozens of Orbital’s LEOStar™ and GEOStar™ satellite products.
The PCM, designed and built by Thales Alenia Space under a subcontract from
Orbital, is based on the Multi-Purpose Logistics Module (MPLM) used with
the Space Shuttle.  For more information on Cygnus, visit
http://www.orbital.com/NewsInfo/Publications/Cygnus_fact.pdf

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Re: Orbital's Antares/Cygnus ORB-D Processing Flow Updates
« Reply #103 on: 09/17/2013 04:07 PM »

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Any help with the upcoming presser will be appreciated. I'm trying to clear as much day job stuff to be free for the two launches tomorrow. Thanks!

Scrub that. I'm going to be able to cover this.
« Last Edit: 09/17/2013 05:54 PM by Chris Bergin »

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Here we go....Yay! It's Josh!

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Nice presser room.

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Alan looking excited again.

Speaking about the relationships, including entities such as the FAA, State of Virginia, etc.....and the ISS that has helped with the technical integration.

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Slide showing Orbital winning the COTS award.

29 milestones, this is the last one.

(They always put these slides on nasa.gov, so don't worry about the quality via NASA TV).
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Re: Orbital's Antares/Cygnus ORB-D Processing Flow Updates
« Reply #111 on: 09/17/2013 06:05 PM »
Nice touch with the live video of the pad in the background!

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The mission objectives for ORB-D:

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10 "gates" of demos for Cygnus' trip to the ISS.

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Video....but we've seen most of this before.

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7:25am for berthing....on morning of arrival.

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Heh. We all know that's not really Cygnus they are unpacking there ;)

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Flyaround.

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"This is so critical to NASA".

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Re: Orbital's Antares/Cygnus ORB-D Processing Flow Updates
« Reply #120 on: 09/17/2013 06:13 PM »
Flyaround.

Is the purpose of the flyaround to obtain imagery or just demonstrate flight capabilities?

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Frank's turn.

Notes a lot of launches and events going on around this month. Really nice hat tip to SpaceX and others there.

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Lots of thanks to all the partners. "It's truly been a team that has been focused on making this a reality."

700kg going up.

SM:

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PCM arrived ahead of schedule.

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Still aiming for another launch before Christmas.

"Watch out for the traffic"

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Mike with Antares.

Team is excited and ready to go.

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HIF two or three weeks ago.

ORB-D and ORB-1 together.

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Cygnus integration.

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And there's the fairing integrated. Pretty rocket.

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Notes the weather delay and a few issues with pad integration causing the one day delay.

Last of the testing was completed last night. Closeouts and walkdowns today. Final arming tonight. 2am CTS.

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Cygnus has been named......

G. David Lowe.

Family will be attending.
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Go for launch has been granted at the final meetings.

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Wallops assets - in places such as North Carolina, etc.

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Let's hope they all take notice of this....

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75 percent chance of acceptable weather.

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Visibility map for the launch!

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Questions. Will pick out interesting responses.

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Late Stow items....think it's food and tools. We don't actually look at the bags.

Can survive for 24 hours if the arrays don't deploy, longer if only one deploys, but confident in the system.

Robert's there, oh and I've spotted our very own Philip! :)
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Re: Orbital's Antares/Cygnus ORB-D Processing Flow Updates
« Reply #138 on: 09/17/2013 06:32 PM »
Flyaround.

Is the purpose of the flyaround to obtain imagery or just demonstrate flight capabilities?

Flight demonstration.
In satellite operations, schedules are governed by the laws of physics and bounded by the limits of technology.

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Robert asking about camera views......will look the same as A-One. There is a camera on the spacecraft. Not sure about what views they'll get. Won't be fully live due to bandwidth, so a lot downlinked later.

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Our very own Philip asking about weather rules! :)

Cloud ceiling and visibility - items that may impact on radar etc.

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Local media guy asking about Wallops. Orbital note they've added several hundred jobs. Notes interest ranges to local schools and commerce. Really appreciate the interest and that they realize they are adding to the local economy.

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Orbital have hardware for the next two missions on base. Up to 10 planned. Can supply more if NASA request.

ORB-D is very important to Orbital to show reliability.

Lots of interest to see if they succeed with this mission and then may place a firm order (private companies - and mentions national security payloads).
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On shorter timeline to reach the Station, now four days. Can delay a day or two if necessary.

Still need to demo the 10 milestones on the way to the Station. Can stay on orbit for 30 days. If there's a delay - and conflict with the Soyuz - can stay on orbit for a week or longer if required. Same for undocking timeline.

That's the plan for the fourth or fifth mission, to do some experiments on orbit after undocking.

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Talking about the cable that was damaged as part of the delay from pad integration - details already in L2 at the time. Bottom line is the replaced the cable and it all works fine now.

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Thursday is a 10 percent chance of violation.

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Re: Orbital's Antares/Cygnus ORB-D Processing Flow Updates
« Reply #146 on: 09/17/2013 07:00 PM »
the fiber optic cable is that same as last time failed
 
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Well now we know Irene reads the site, asking about EMU hardware going up on Cygnus'. Answer was as is now planned, not this one, but maybe the next.

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Presser over. Josh says they'll make sure all the frogs are off the launch pad! ;D

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Live threads, etc next.

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Re: Orbital's Antares/Cygnus ORB-D Processing Flow Updates
« Reply #150 on: 09/17/2013 07:03 PM »
got here late...errr
Asked if orbital was interesting in Commercial crew.....ans: Orbital has a full plate
Asked about the fire last time.......the pad has had the lawn cut back and will also have the fire dept on the pad area right after..
 
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Re: Orbital's Antares/Cygnus ORB-D Processing Flow Updates
« Reply #151 on: 09/17/2013 07:21 PM »
Orbital Sciences/Cygnus Demonstration Mission News Conference
http://www.space-multimedia.nl.eu.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=8491

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Re: Orbital's Antares/Cygnus ORB-D Processing Flow Updates
« Reply #152 on: 09/17/2013 08:45 PM »

A view of Antares as seen from Pad 0B - the site of the Minotaur V LADEE launch on September 6.
Orbital photo.

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Party Thread:
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=32875.0

LIVE Launch Day Update thread:
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=32876.0

We will remain on this thread for updates until the morning. I'll note when we'll switch.

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Re: Orbital's Antares/Cygnus ORB-D Processing Flow Updates
« Reply #154 on: 09/18/2013 06:25 AM »
Engineers and technicians work on the Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket, with its Cygnus cargo spacecraft aboard, at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) Pad-0A, NASA Wallops Flight Facility, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013 in Virginia. NASA's commercial space partner, Orbital Sciences Corporation, is targeting a Sept. 18 launch for its demonstration cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)


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