Author Topic: Orbital's Antares/Cygnus ORB-2 (CRS-2) July 13, 2014  (Read 67520 times)

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Orbital GENERAL Forum Section:
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?board=46.0

Orbital (Antares/Cygnus) News Articles:
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/tag/orbital/


EOM Article:
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2014/02/orb-1-cygnus-departs-iss-fiery-farewell/

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L2 Antares/Cygnus Section - Really good section with a lot of documentation, video and content resources exclusive to L2:
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?board=54.0
(Now includes 100s of mbs of unreleased hi res images taken of Cygnus from the ISS during ORB-D and ORB-1).

Cygnus PCM arrival via AN-124 at Wallops

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.764148203615283.1073741865.191575794205863&type=1
« Last Edit: 07/11/2014 12:40 PM by Chris Bergin »
Best quote heard during an inspection, "I was unaware that I was the only one who was aware."

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Service module near completion at Dulles. Photo tweeted yesterday:

https://twitter.com/OrbitalSciences/status/428948772744216576/photo/1

edit: (...and 4 more in the pipeline: https://twitter.com/OrbitalSciences/status/428951221336936448/photo/1).
« Last Edit: 01/31/2014 03:22 PM by InfraNut2 »

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Re: Orbital's Antares/Cygnus ORB-2 (CRS-2) July 11, 2014
« Reply #2 on: 01/31/2014 03:32 PM »
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A newer picture of the ORB-2 Cygnus from the Space Foundation Facebook page. Posted there Thursday 20.

Original caption:
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THANK YOU to Space Foundation Corporate Member company Orbital Sciences Corporation, who hosted two of our team members today! Government Affairs Associate Tommy Sanford and VP - Washington Operations Brendan Curry were treated to a tour of Orbital's mission control centers as well as their spacecraft manufacturing facilities. Here they are posing alongside the next Cygnus cargo module under construction that is set to launch in May. Thank you, Orbital! And Tommy and Brendan…looking good, guys!

edit: added links and date
« Last Edit: 02/24/2014 01:03 PM by InfraNut2 »

Online Chris Bergin

Small slip:

Orbital:

Orbital Sciences Corporation today announced that it is targeting a “no-earlier-than” date of May 6, 2014 for the launch of its next commercial cargo resupply (CRS) mission to the International Space Station. The mission will originate from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility located in Eastern Virginia. The targeted launch time for the Antares rocket carrying the Cygnus cargo logistics spacecraft is 3:44 p.m. (EDT), which is at the beginning of a 5-minute launch window that extends to 3:49 p.m. (EDT).

This mission, known as Orb-2, will represent the third time Orbital’s Cygnus spacecraft will have delivered cargo to the ISS, including the demonstration mission under the Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) agreement that was completed in October 2013 and the first of eight CRS missions, Orb-1, completed in February 2014. At the completion of the Orb-2 mission, Orbital’s system will have delivered approximately 3,800 kilos (about 8,400 lbs.) of cargo to support the Expedition crews conducting research and living aboard the ISS. The Orb-2 mission will also represent the fourth launch of the medium-class Antares rocket in its first 13 months of operations, a significant achievement for a new rocket program.

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Will write it up.

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And that's written up (note I stretched the information with some Castor forward path etc):

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2014/03/orbital-may-6-next-cygnus-mission-iss/

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Re: Orbital's Antares/Cygnus ORB-2 (CRS-2) July 11, 2014
« Reply #6 on: 03/20/2014 11:37 AM »
And that's written up (note I stretched the information with some Castor forward path etc):

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2014/03/orbital-may-6-next-cygnus-mission-iss/

I didn't see it mentioned in the article. Is the delay to allow for more time to unload and reload the Dragon before it leaves the station ? Does every day of SpaceX delay also delay this launch ?

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Re: Orbital's Antares/Cygnus ORB-2 (CRS-2) July 11, 2014
« Reply #7 on: 03/20/2014 12:27 PM »
Any info, if this time also cubesats will be carried to the ISS?

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Re: Orbital's Antares/Cygnus ORB-2 (CRS-2) July 11, 2014
« Reply #8 on: 03/20/2014 09:50 PM »
http://www.parabolicarc.com/2014/03/04/march-cubesats/#more-51788
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NanoRacks is fully booked with CubeSats on the next Cygnus spacecraft resupply mission from Orbital Sciences Corporation, currently scheduled for May 1.

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Re: Orbital's Antares/Cygnus ORB-2 (CRS-2) July 11, 2014
« Reply #9 on: 03/22/2014 11:05 AM »

March 21, 2014



NASA Opens Media Accreditation for May Orbital Sciences Cargo Resupply Mission to International Space Station


Media accreditation is open for the launch of the second NASA contracted cargo resupply flight to the International Space Station from Virginia.

Orbital Sciences Corp. of Dulles, Va., will launch the Orbital-2 cargo resupply mission at 3:44 p.m. EDT Tuesday, May 6, from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport's Pad 0A at the NASA Wallops Flight Facility. A five minute launch window extends until 3:49 p.m.

This will be the second of eight planned cargo resupply missions by Orbital Sciences for NASA under the agency's $1.9 billion Commercial Resupply Services contract with the company. Cargo resupply from 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 to the only laboratory in microgravity.

International media without U.S. citizenship must apply by April 4 for credentials to cover the prelaunch and launch activities at Wallops. The application deadline is April 30 for media who are U.S. citizens. Journalists should send their accreditation request to Keith Koehler at [email protected]

For questions about accreditation or additional information, contact Keith Koehler by email or at 757-824-1579.

For information about Orbital Sciences, and its Antares rocket and Cygnus spacecraft, visit:

http://www.orbital.com/antares-cygnus

For more information about the International Space Station and Commercial Resupply Services, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/station

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Re: Orbital's Antares/Cygnus ORB-2 (CRS-2) July 11, 2014
« Reply #10 on: 04/04/2014 05:44 PM »
Any likelihood of this slipping a little now with the previous vehicle arriving only 3 weeks prior? Is this a manageable and desirable schedule for ISS?

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Re: Orbital's Antares/Cygnus ORB-2 (CRS-2) July 11, 2014
« Reply #11 on: 04/04/2014 07:10 PM »
Any likelihood of this slipping a little now with the previous vehicle arriving only 3 weeks prior? Is this a manageable and desirable schedule for ISS?

It saddens me when people don't read the news site....

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2014/04/range-realigns-spacex-crs-3-april/

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Should the Falcon 9 v1.1 launch on either the 14th or 18th, Orbital’s next mission to the ISS, on their CRS-2 mission with the Cygnus spacecraft – is unlikely to suffer from a schedule impact, with options including a reduced berthed period for the Dragon.

Such evaluations will be determined once the Dragon has successfully arrived at the Station, with many considerations in play per the ISS’ very busy Visiting Vehicle (VV) schedule.

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Re: Orbital's Antares/Cygnus ORB-2 (CRS-2) July 11, 2014
« Reply #12 on: 04/09/2014 01:40 AM »
http://spaceflightnow.com/antares/orb2/140408schedule/#.U0Sk_8fc1rA

Preparations for the next Orbital Sciences Corp. cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station are on track for launch in early May, but NASA plans to ask the company to reschedule its resupply run for some time in mid-June after delays in launching a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft to the complex, sources said.

..high sun angles on the space station's orbit in early June will prevent the safe arrival of the Cygnus spacecraft until at least June 9. Sources said Orbital and NASA have not yet agreed on a target launch date in June.
« Last Edit: 04/09/2014 01:41 AM by collectSPACE »

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Re: Orbital's Antares/Cygnus ORB-2 (CRS-2) July 11, 2014
« Reply #13 on: 04/09/2014 03:38 AM »
I imagine ORB-2 will take up the balance of the HTV-5 slot, since HTV-5 has been inexplicably delayed to February.

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Re: Orbital's Antares/Cygnus ORB-2 (CRS-2) July 11, 2014
« Reply #14 on: 04/13/2014 07:01 PM »
Copied over the MDM failure thread and pre-launch press conference--June it is.

Quote from: Targeteer on Today at 05:28 PM

    Suff's answer to a question about Orbital's next launch was "on the 8th or 9th after the beta cutout" without a month specified.  Is that actually June?


Yes.
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Re: Orbital's Antares/Cygnus ORB-2 (CRS-2) July 11, 2014
« Reply #15 on: 04/15/2014 01:10 PM »
Status update from Mike Suffredini at an NAC meeting yesterday.

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Re: Orbital's Antares/Cygnus ORB-2 (CRS-2) July 11, 2014
« Reply #16 on: 04/17/2014 01:57 PM »
http://ssep.ncesse.org/2014/04/april-17-2014-flight-ops-update-the-flight-of-charlie-brown-on-orb-2-the-ssep-mission-5-experiments-payload/

April 17, 2014 FLIGHT OPS UPDATE: The Flight of Charlie Brown on Orb-2 – The SSEP Mission 5 Experiments Payload

All SSEP student flight teams for the 15 Mission 5 to ISS experiments are still driving against a May 6, 2014, launch. All mini-labs containing the flight experiments are due at NanoRacks in Houston by Friday, April 18, 2014, for integration into the SSEP Charlie Brown payload. Charlie Brown will then be integrated into the Cygnus spacecraft for launch as Orb-2 from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS), Wallops Island, VA.

However, a May 6 launch of Orb-2 to the International Space Station (ISS) can only take place if the launch of SpaceX-3 out of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL - also bound for ISS - is so significantly delayed that Orb-2 is given the go ahead to launch before SpaceX-3 (see April 14, 2014 Post).  We were expecting a launch of SpaceX-3 on April 14, but that did not occur due to a helium leak in the Falcon 9 rocket.

Current Status: the Orb-2 launch has not yet been moved ahead of SpaceX-3. NASA has rescheduled the launch of SpaceX-3 for Friday, April 18, at 3:25 pm EDT. NASA is also holding open a second window for a launch attempt on Saturday, April 19, at 3:02 pm EDT. If SpaceX-3, for whatever reason, does not launch by Saturday, we are assuming that Orb-2 will be given the go to launch on May 6. If SpaceX-3 does launch by Saturday, the Orb-2 launch, and the flight of the SSEP Charlie Brown payload will be delayed until mid-June. The space drama …. continues. Stay tuned.

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Re: Orbital's Antares/Cygnus ORB-2 (CRS-2) July 11, 2014
« Reply #17 on: 04/17/2014 02:37 PM »
Does this Cygnus have a name yet ?

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A note - if the launch of Cygnus slips to June 10, the launch time would be in the middle of the night, around 2:20 am EDT (06:20 UTC) for that day.  ::)
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Re: Orbital's Antares/Cygnus ORB-2 (CRS-2) July 11, 2014
« Reply #19 on: 04/17/2014 02:50 PM »
Well, it's just early morning for Chris!  :)

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