Author Topic: LIVE: Orbital's Cygnus ORB-1 (CRS-1) UNBERTHING and EOM UPDATES  (Read 16361 times)

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Good burn.

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Farewell Cygnus!

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Almost out of view now.

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SSRMS has done its job.

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VVO, Cygnus doll and Cygnus made of "plastic bricks" (NASA TV don't want to give a free ad to Lego ;D)

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Even a lego controller! :)

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12:20am Central tomorrow for the destructive re-entry. NTV coverage signing off.

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Even a lego controller! :)

That model was originally designed by our own Stephen Pakbaz, who sells it commercially. (He also did the Curiosity Rover model that LEGO are selling via CUUSOO)  - instructions to build your own[email protected]/sets/72157630504932378/with/7539524714/  a photo set giving details and closeups.
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Article for departure:

Seemed like a very smooth mission well done to all.  ;)

Does this Cygnus have a some type of "fire" onboard test, or is that the next one?
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Here is Cygnus 1 being demated over the Middle East. It has left the station and will deorbit tomorrow.

It's a really nice picture!

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12:20am Central tomorrow for the destructive re-entry. NTV coverage signing off.

And that is 12:20pm Central, I think.

Absolutely nothing since last month on Orbital's own site. Strange.

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Orbital Sciences ‏@OrbitalSciences 19 min ago

2 hours until the S.S. C. Gordon Fullerton #Cygnus spacecraft reenters Earth's atmosphere following picture perfect #Orb1 mission for @NASA

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Orbital Sciences @OrbitalSciences · 18 min ago

#Cygnus has reentered Earth's atmosphere marking the end of the #Orb1 CRS mission for @NASA and our tribute to friend C. Gordon Fullerton

Bonus picture: station arm approx 3h after releasing cygnus with nice lens glare effect.

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That tweet was all there was it seems! No mention from NASA.

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CAPCOM just confirmed during the DPC that the de-orbit burn occurred as planned on time and that data was lost with Cygnus at the expected time so the conclusion was that a nominal re-entry occurred.
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Orbital Completes First Operational Cargo Mission to International Space Station for NASA
Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB), one of the world’s leading space technology companies, today announced the successful completion of the first of eight CygnusTM operational cargo logistics spacecraft missions to the International Space Station (ISS) as part of the company’s $1.9 billion Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract with NASA. The Cygnus spacecraft unberthed from the ISS yesterday morning at 6:41 a.m. (EST), completing a 37-day stay at the orbiting laboratory. Today, Cygnus reentered Earth’s atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean east of New Zealand at approximately 1:20 p.m. (EST).

“We are very proud to have a second flawless cargo mission to the space station brought to a successful conclusion this afternoon,” said Mr. David W. Thompson, Orbital’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Following Cygnus’ successful demonstration mission in late 2013 conducted under our COTS research and development partnership with NASA, the picture-perfect execution of the first operational mission is a great way to start the CRS contract. We are looking forward to the next Antares launch and Cygnus cargo delivery mission currently scheduled for early May.”

The CRS-1 mission began on January 9, 2014 when Orbital’s AntaresTM rocket launched Cygnus into orbit from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) located at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in eastern Virginia. Cygnus, which carried 2,780 lbs. (1,260 kg.) of cargo and science payloads, rendezvoused and berthed with the ISS three days later on January 12. Prior to its departure from the station, the astronauts loaded the cargo module with approximately 3,250 lbs. (1,477 kg.) of unneeded items for disposal.

Under the CRS contract with NASA, Orbital is using Antares and Cygnus to deliver up to 44,000 lbs. (20,000 kg.) of cargo to the ISS over eight missions, including the CRS-1 flight just completed, through late 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.

Preparations are already well advanced for the next Cygnus cargo delivery flight, the CRS-2 mission, scheduled to take place in early May. The Antares rocket for the mission is now undergoing final assembly at Wallops Island, while the Cygnus spacecraft is being prepared for shipment to the Wallops launch site in mid-March. The CRS-2 flight is expected to deliver about 3,630 lbs. (1,650 kg.) of cargo to the Space Station.

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A huge congrats to Orbital on such a successful mission

Bring on CRS-2!!  :)
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