Author Topic: LIVE: Orbital's Cygnus ORB-2 (CRS-2) RNDZ/BERTHING/ISS STAY UPDATES  (Read 35382 times)

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LIVE UPDATE Coverage for RNDZ and BERTHING of Cygnus on the ORB-2 (CRS-2) to the International Space Station.

This is a live update thread, so all posts need to be updates, or they will be removed. Please use the other threads for non updates.

Resources:

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

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

Launch Overview Article by William Graham
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2014/07/antares-loft-orb-2-cygnus-path-iss/

Berthing Article:
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2014/07/orb-2-cygnus-iss-rendezvous-berthing/

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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).
L2 ORB-2/CRS-2 Updates: http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=35160.0
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ISS daily summary report July 14, 2014:

Orbital-2 (Orb-2) Launch: Orb-2 launched successfully yesterday, achieved a nominal orbit and the solar array was successfully deployed.  Cygnus has executed several phasing burns to support rendezvous and grapple scheduled for Wednesday, July 16 at 5:39 am CDT followed by berthing to Node 2 (N2) Nadir.  The Orbital team is working through an issue with one of Cygnus Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS) radios, however, the redundant system is working without any issues.  Ingress is scheduled for Thursday, July 17.

http://blogs.nasa.gov/stationreport/2014/07/14/iss-daily-summary-report-071414/


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from the DPC, Janice Voss is 35km behind and 4km below ISS and CAPCOM reports all is going well
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I have a low angle, 17 degree, pass of ISS and Cygnus shortly not expecting to be able to make both out but you never know :)
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With the Neptec Tridar sensors having a star role today, we remember Atlantis after she tested them out for Cygnus! :)

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2011/07/atlantis-gifts-tridar-orbitals-cygnus-iss-rendezvous-docking/

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I have a low angle, 17 degree, pass of ISS and Cygnus shortly not expecting to be able to make both out but you never know :)

May have seen Cygnus very dim behind ISS but a bright moon, street lights, and dirty glasses made it tough
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ISS daily summary report July 14, 2014:

Orbital-2 (Orb-2) Launch: Orb-2 launched successfully yesterday, achieved a nominal orbit and the solar array was successfully deployed.  Cygnus has executed several phasing burns to support rendezvous and grapple scheduled for Wednesday, July 16 at 5:39 am CDT followed by berthing to Node 2 (N2) Nadir.  The Orbital team is working through an issue with one of Cygnus Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS) radios, however, the redundant system is working without any issues.  Ingress is scheduled for Thursday, July 17.

http://blogs.nasa.gov/stationreport/2014/07/14/iss-daily-summary-report-071414/

Maybe the light weight S band transmitters lost too much weight :)
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First tiny glimpse of @OrbitalSciences #Cygnus #Orb2 – lower right over the ocean

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You can also see it at the ISS Live Stream: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/live-iss-stream
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Live NASA coverage has started per broken audio on the ISS link above but the NASA TV satellite feed and all the online channels (public, media, education) are showing replays of the launch...
Best quote heard during an inspection, "I was unaware that I was the only one who was aware."

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NASA TV coverage has technical issues, thus the B-Roll coverage.

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I don't think we're going to get any NASA TV Coverage! :(

Cygnus is inside 1000 meters of ISS. Crew of Steve Swanson @astro_reid @Astro_Alex have the OrbitalSciences ship in sight

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NASA TV coverage started, finally
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And we now have live coverage!

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No more complaints about SpaceX coverage when a multi-billion dollar agency can't get it's act together :)
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The controller with the big job today.

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two Cygies on the control console
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Around one hour to grapple.

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Go to proceed inside the KOS from 250m.

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Soon to arrive in that box......on the Cupola RWS.

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Moving to 30 meters.

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Tally ho!

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Out of KU.

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RWS view.

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Cygnus sneaking in!

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Just over 30 mins to capture. On the timeline. Cygnus performing well.

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40 meters and heading over California (if spotting is available to you and you're not asleep! ;D )

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Impossible to capture, but there are thunderstorms below Cygnus! Nice!

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Cygnus at the 30 meter hold point.

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Sunrise!

"It wasn't us that turned on the lights" ;D

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Gerst and Swanny in the Cupola.

Texas to Oklahoma below.

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Final go/no go to proceed inside 30 meters next.

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HDEV Camera view!!!

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Oh wow....

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Heading over Chicago!

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can the HDEV see capture?
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Michigan and the Great Lakes, heading to Ottawa, Canada.

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Swanny and Gerst ready!

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Proceeding to the Capture Point from 30 meters!

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Reid has joined in to watch and the Russians! ;D Packed Cupola.

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HDEV again!

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Over Newfoundland.
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Waiting on the final go/no go poll from MCC-D and MCC-H.

Taking picture for Jester ;)

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Short KU drop out.

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thanks Chris for the great coverage! Janice Voss was a great astronaut, and let's all remember her great career!

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Arm going out to grab itself a Cygnus.

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That was nice. Cygnus easing herself into position.

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At the capture point!

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Go for capture, over Spain (that was a fast trip across the Atlantic!)
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Going through the robotics steps.

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Oh wow. Move the camera down!

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I'm guessing this Spain below.

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It was Spain, the Med and then north Africa.
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Moving in for Grapple.

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View from the SSRMS EE.

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Good alignment.

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Snares closing.

GRAPPLE!!!

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"We now have a seventh crew member."

And a tribute for Dr. Voss.
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Well that was smooooth.

Ok, a lot of robotics to come. Keep an eye on things and let's ensure we get first and second stage berthing in a few hours.

Off to cover the next event, which is the launch of Saturn V with Apollo 11!! To the Moon!! ;)
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=35180.0
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Oh and article updated to where we are right now.
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2014/07/orb-2-cygnus-iss-rendezvous-berthing/

I cheated with the image out of L2, but let's keep that between us, yeah? ;)

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One more....

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I photographed the duo flying overhead at around 4:35 EST today! SS Janice Voss is the faint object on the right.
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All,

 

Orbital’s Cygnus spacecraft successfully berthed to the International Space Station at this morning at  6:36 a.m. EDT. On board were 32 CubeSats and 10 internal payloads from NanoRacks’ customers. The payloads held dozens of research experiments, technology demonstrations, and satellites set to deploy from the Space Station. NanoRacks customers included NASA Ames, the Student Spaceflight Experiment Program, Valley Christian High School, MIT Lincoln Labs, Planet Labs and more.

 

The first CubeSat deployment via the NanoRacks deployer is scheduled for the end of July.

 

Please find a copy of the press release attached or at this link: http://nanoracks.com/wp-content/uploads/NanoRacks-Release-26-Cygnus-Successfully-Berthed-to-ISS.pdf


If you have any questions or would like further details on NanoRacks payloads and experiments, please reach out to me at any time.

 

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Missed the movement... I hope someone is recording the HDEV stream

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Final stages of installation
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Whoa, they are ahead of schedule!

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Crew ops for hatch opening still scheduled for tomorrow, but they can sometimes go the same day if they get ahead.

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Moving in and aligning for RTL (Ready To Latch).

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Didn't know there was a camera here, is this from the outside of Destiny?
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Coming up on bolting. Will need some of you guys to cover this part, as I'll be going to the Saturn V launch soon!

Oh, thanks SaxtonHale! :)
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3-4 cm from RTL position. Reid reports lunch complete :P (unless I misheard that)

Have to leave for work, though.

edit: "RTL in work"
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RTL.

First stage capture beginning. SSRMS to limp.

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Go for Second Stage capture!

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And there it is!

8:53am Central for completion of berthing!

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2014/07/orb-2-cygnus-iss-rendezvous-berthing/
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Orbital Sciences/Cygnus-2 - Rendezvous and Berthing to the ISS
http://www.space-multimedia.nl.eu.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=8994

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Orbital’s Cygnus spacecraft successfully berthed to the International Space Station at this morning at  6:36 a.m. EDT. On board were 32 CubeSats and 10 internal payloads from NanoRacks’ customers...Please find a copy of the press release attached or at this link: http://nanoracks.com/wp-content/uploads/NanoRacks-Release-26-Cygnus-Successfully-Berthed-to-ISS.pdf
That's a third Cubesat that wasn't announced in the press kit.  What does GEARSSAAT do exactly?  Whose satellite is it?

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My congratulations  :) !

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Nice, making it look easy! :)

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Congratulations! They make it look so simple and easy. I still wonder, is there a special "surprise" for Gerst?

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Orbital’s Cygnus Spacecraft Successfully Berths with International Space Station

-- Launch, Rendezvous and Berthing Operations of Company’s Third Space Station Cargo Logistics Mission Proceeded Smoothly --

-- Unloading of Over 3,600 Pounds of Cargo Scheduled to Begin Tomorrow with 30-Day Stay at Station Planned --

DULLES, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul. 16, 2014-- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB), one of the world’s leading space technology companies, today announced that its Cygnus™ cargo logistics spacecraft successfully completed its rendezvous and approach maneuvers with the International Space Station (ISS) and was grappled and berthed with the Station by the Expedition 40 astronaut crew earlier this morning. After Cygnus was launched into orbit by Orbital’s Antares™ rocket on Sunday, July 13, from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in eastern Virginia, it completed a series of thruster firings and other maneuvers bringing the spacecraft in close proximity to the ISS. Final approach to the Station began at about 3:00 a.m. (EDT) this morning, culminating with the Station’s robotic arm grappling the spacecraft at 6:36 a.m. when it was about 30 feet (10 meters) from the ISS. Cygnus was then guided to its berthing port on the nadir side of the ISS’ Harmony module where its installation was completed shortly before 10:00 a.m. this morning.

“Our third cargo mission for NASA has proceeded very smoothly, from the Antares launch from Wallops this past Sunday to this morning’s rendezvous, grapple and installation at the Space Station,” said Mr. David W. Thompson, Orbital’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “I am very proud of our Antares and Cygnus teams for their exceptional performance on the mission to deliver vital equipment and supplies to the crew aboard the Station. I also want to pay tribute to our former Orbital colleague and NASA astronaut, the late Dr. Janice Voss, for whom this spacecraft is dedicated.”

Cygnus is delivering approximately 3,670 pounds (1,665 kilograms) of cargo and science payloads to the Expedition 40 astronauts. The crew plans to open the Cygnus hatch and make initial ingress into its cargo module tomorrow. Cygnus will remain berthed at the ISS for approximately 30 days before departing with an estimated 2,800 pounds (1,300 kilograms) of disposable cargo. Orbital will also conduct a series of in-orbit tests designed to provide data to help enhance the vehicle’s performance for future uses. It is scheduled for a safe destructive reentry over the Pacific Ocean five days after departing the Station. Including a demonstration mission conducted in 2013, this is the third berthing with the ISS by a Cygnus spacecraft, which collectively have delivered approximately 8,400 pounds (3,800 kilograms) of supplies and science experiments to the orbiting laboratory.

Under a $1.9 billion contract with NASA, Orbital will use Antares and Cygnus to deliver up to 44,000 pounds (20,000 kilograms) of cargo to the ISS over eight missions, including the mission currently underway, 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.

About Cygnus

Orbital developed the Cygnus cargo spacecraft under a joint research and development program with NASA. Cygnus consists of a common Service Module (SM) and a Pressurized Cargo Module (PCM). The SM incorporates avionics, power, propulsion and communications systems already successfully flown aboard dozens of Orbital’s LEOStar™ and GEOStar™ satellites. The PCM, designed and built by Thales Alenia Space under a subcontract from Orbital, is based on the Multi-Purpose Logistics Module (MPLM) previously used with the Space Shuttle. With a full load of cargo and fuel, the standard-configuration Cygnus weighs about 5,200 kilograms at launch and generates 3.5 kilowatts of electrical power while in orbit. It is capable of extended-duration missions of a year or longer in space.
 

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Congratulations! They make it look so simple and easy. I still wonder, is there a special "surprise" for Gerst?

You mean world cup related? Maybe, but remember Cygnus was sealed up last Tuesday (8th).

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Crew reports the hatch is open and the vehicle is clean without debris or condensation
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Just had a brilliant, zenith ISS pass--if only docking had been delayed a day... I saw something dim, ahead of and on track of ISS really moving.  Is the 2nd stage still in orbit?
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crew reports ingress complete
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crew given the go to remove masks and eye protection
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Just had a brilliant, zenith ISS pass--if only docking had been delayed a day... I saw something dim, ahead of and on track of ISS really moving.  Is the 2nd stage still in orbit?
Yes, about 200 km below ISS and decaying quickly.  It will probably reenter within a week or two.

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July 16, Cygnus Arrival.

from Oleg Artemyev's blog:
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The crew just requested and received permission to use a MERLIN scientific "fridge" to keep some of the newly arrived goodies fresh for a longer period of time.  Earlier one astronaut sounded very happy eating an apple :)
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