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Re: LIVE: Cygnus OA-8 - Antares - November 12, 2017
« Reply #480 on: 11/12/2017 02:46 pm »
1st Rendez vous burn, today at around 12 noon ET...

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Re: LIVE: Cygnus OA-8 - Antares - November 12, 2017
« Reply #481 on: 11/12/2017 03:02 pm »
Congrats to Orbital ATK and NASA on the successful launch of Cygnus CRS OA-8 and the S.S. Eugene Cernan.

What a relief to see everything work without a problem.
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Re: LIVE: Cygnus OA-8 - Antares - November 12, 2017
« Reply #482 on: 11/12/2017 03:08 pm »
Congratulations to all concerned in this successful launch of further supplies to ISS.

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Re: LIVE: Cygnus OA-8 - Antares - November 12, 2017
« Reply #483 on: 11/12/2017 03:16 pm »
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This will be the fastest we will go from launch to rendezvous with @Space_Station.
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Space_Station crew watched this morning's #OA8 launch live! They are ready to receive #Cygnus on Tuesday morning at approx. 4:50 am EST
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Re: LIVE: Cygnus OA-8 - Antares - November 12, 2017
« Reply #484 on: 11/12/2017 03:51 pm »
Congratulations to Orbital ATK for a successful Cygnus launch! I got up briefly to watch it and got back to bed.
I'll even excitedly look forward to "flags and footprints" and suborbital missions. Just fly...somewhere.

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Re: LIVE: Cygnus OA-8 - Antares - November 12, 2017
« Reply #485 on: 11/12/2017 04:56 pm »
Congrats to Orbital ATK, NASA, and all others.

Thanks to Chris2, Steven, and Centaurinasa for the coverage.
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Re: LIVE: Cygnus OA-8 - Antares - November 12, 2017
« Reply #486 on: 11/12/2017 04:57 pm »
November 12, 2017
RELEASE 17-087

NASA Space Station Cargo Launches Aboard Orbital ATK Mission

The International Space Station will receive about 7,400 pounds of cargo, including new science and technology investigations, following the successful launch of Orbital ATK’s Cygnus spacecraft from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia Sunday.

Orbital ATK’s eighth contracted cargo delivery flight to the station launched at 7:19 a.m. EST on an Antares rocket from Pad 0A at Wallops, and is scheduled to arrive at the International Space Station Tuesday, Nov. 14.

This is the fifth flight of an enhanced Cygnus spacecraft, and the second using Orbital ATK’s upgraded Antares rocket. The spacecraft for this mission is named in honor of Gene Cernan, the last human to step foot on the Moon. Cernan, who passed away in January at age 82, set records for both lunar surface extravehicular activities and the longest time in lunar orbit.

Expedition 53 astronauts Paolo Nespoli of ESA (European Space Agency) and Randy Bresnik of NASA will use the space station’s robotic arm to grapple Cygnus, about 4:50 a.m. Tuesday. Cygnus will remain at the space station until Dec. 4, when the spacecraft will depart the station and deploy several CubeSats before its fiery re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere as it disposes of several tons of trash.

The resupply mission will support dozens of new and existing investigations as Expeditions 53 and 54 contribute to about 250 science and research studies.

Highlights from the new experiments will include studies on antibiotic resistance, high-speed data transmission, plant growth and improved power and communication technologies.

The E. coli AntiMicrobial Satellite (EcAMSat) mission will investigate the effect of microgravity on the antibiotic resistance of E. coli, a bacterial pathogen responsible for urinary tract infection in humans and animals. Antibiotic resistance could pose a danger to astronauts, especially since microgravity has been shown to weaken human immune response. The experiment will expose two strains of E. coli to three different doses of antibiotics; one of these strains is deficient in the gene responsible for the increased antibiotic resistance in microgravity. Results from this investigation could help determine appropriate antibiotic dosages to protect astronaut health during long-duration missions and help us understand how antibiotic effectiveness may be increased in microgravity, as well as on Earth.

The Optical Communications and Sensor Demonstration (OCSD) project will study high-speed optical transmission of data and small spacecraft proximity operations. It will test functionality of laser-based communications using CubeSats that provide a compact version of the technology.

Results from OCSD could lead to significantly enhanced communication speeds between space and Earth and a better understanding of laser communication between small satellites in low-Earth orbit.

The Biological Nitrogen Fixation in Microgravity via Rhizobium-Legume Symbiosis (Biological Nitrogen Fixation) investigation examines how low-gravity conditions affect the nitrogen fixation process of Microclover, a resilient and drought tolerant legume. The nitrogen fixation process, a process by which nitrogen in the atmosphere is converted into a usable form for living organisms, is a crucial element of any ecosystem necessary for most types of plant growth. This investigation could provide information on the space viability of the legume’s ability to use and recycle nutrients and give researchers a better understanding of this plant’s potential uses on Earth.

As space exploration increases, so will the need for improved power and communication technologies. The Integrated Solar Array and Reflectarray Antenna (ISARA), a hybrid solar power panel and communication solar antenna that can send and receive messages, tests the use of this technology in CubeSat-based environmental monitoring. ISARA may provide a solution for sending and receiving information to and from faraway destinations, both on Earth and in space.

For more than 17 years, humans have lived and worked continuously aboard the International Space Station, advancing scientific knowledge and demonstrating new technologies, making research breakthroughs not possible on Earth that will enable long-duration human and robotic exploration into deep space. A global endeavor, more than 200 people from 18 countries have visited the unique microgravity laboratory that has hosted more than 2,100 research investigations from researchers in more than 95 countries.

Learn more about Orbital ATK's mission at:

http://www.nasa.gov/orbitalatk 

Get breaking news, images and features from the station on Instagram and Twitter:

http://instagram.com/iss

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Re: LIVE: Cygnus OA-8 - Antares - November 12, 2017
« Reply #487 on: 11/12/2017 04:58 pm »
Orbital ATK Successfully Launches Eighth Cargo Delivery Mission to the International Space Station
 
Antares Rocket Boosts Approximately 7,400 Pounds, Its Heaviest Load to Date
 
Cygnus to Host Science Experiments While Docked With Station
 

Dulles, Virginia 12 November 2017 – Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, successfully launched its AntaresTM rocket carrying a CygnusTM spacecraft today at 7:19 a.m. EST, from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia. The launch is Orbital ATK’s eighth cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station for NASA. During the mission, designated OA-8, Cygnus will deliver vital equipment, supplies and experiments to the astronauts aboard the space station, as well as conduct scientific experiments onboard Cygnus while docked with the orbiting laboratory.
 
The Antares rocket launched the Cygnus spacecraft loaded with approximately 7,400 pounds (3,350 kilograms) of cargo to the crew of six who are aboard the space station. Following an approximate nine-minute ascent, the “S.S. Gene Cernan” Cygnus spacecraft, named in honor of the late astronaut and the last man to leave the moon, was successfully deployed into orbit. Orbital ATK’s engineering team confirmed reliable communications have been established and the vehicle’s solar arrays are fully deployed, providing the necessary electrical power to operate the spacecraft.
 
“While the Antares team celebrates a successful launch today, we’re already well into building the vehicles for the next two missions,” said Scott Lehr, President of Orbital ATK’s Flight Systems Group. “We will be ready to launch again whenever Cygnus needs us.”
 
Cygnus will be grappled at approximately 4:50 a.m. EST on November 14. The spacecraft will remain attached to the space station for approximately three weeks before departing with more than 4,000 pounds (approximately 2,000 kilograms) of disposable cargo. Cygnus’ large-volume disposal capability, a critical service to NASA, is unique among America’s commercial cargo providers.
 
“Today’s successful launch of the OA-8 Cygnus on our Antares launch vehicle once again demonstrates the reliability of Orbital ATK’s hardware along with our commitment to deliver critical cargo to astronauts on the International Space Station,” said Frank Culbertson, President of Orbital ATK’s Space Systems Group. “Soon, Cygnus will rendezvous with the space station to deliver valuable scientific experiments, hardware and crew supplies to the orbiting platform. On this mission, Cygnus will again display its flexibility as an in-orbit science platform by supporting experiments to be performed inside the cargo module while attached to the space station. We are proud to dedicate this mission to Apollo astronaut Gene Cernan and his family and look forward to celebrating the OA-8 contributions to science in his name.”
 
Upon arrival at the space station, the “S.S. Gene Cernan” Cygnus will be unloaded and used for the first time as an extension of the orbiting laboratory for an experiment featuring a SpaceTango facility. TangoLab is a reconfigurable general research facility designed for microgravity research and development. This exercise will highlight the ability to expand the station’s capabilities for hosting experiments using the Cygnus module. During the three weeks Cygnus remains docked, the astronauts on the space station will perform the transfer of the lab to Cygnus and then back to the station where it will remain. Once Cygnus is unberthed, a NanoRacks deployer will release 14 Cubesats, a record number for the spacecraft. Upon completion of its secondary missions, Cygnus will perform a safe, destructive reentry into Earth’s atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean.
 
Under the CRS-1 contract with NASA, Orbital ATK will deliver approximately 66,000 pounds (30,000 kilograms) of cargo to the space station. Beginning in 2019, the company will carry out a minimum of six cargo missions under NASA’s CRS-2 contract. This partnership is cultivating a robust American commercial space industry, freeing NASA to focus on developing the next-generation rocket and spacecraft that will enable humans to conduct deep space exploration missions.
 
The Antares rocket systems are manufactured and engineered by Orbital ATK’s Flight Systems Group primarily in Chandler, Arizona, and Dulles, Virginia, with rocket integration taking place at NASA’s Horizontal Integration Facility at Wallops Island, Virginia. The vehicle includes two RD-181 engines from Energomash, a core from Yuzhmash and a CASTOR® 30XL solid rocket motor second stage manufactured at Orbital ATK’s facilities in Clearfield and Magna, Utah.
 
The Cygnus system consists of a common service module and pressurized cargo module. The service module was built and tested at Orbital ATK’s manufacturing facility in Dulles, Virginia. Orbital ATK manufactures several other Cygnus components at three of the company’s facilities in California: UltraFlexTM solar arrays in Goleta, composite structures in San Diego and propellant tanks in Commerce.
 
B-roll and animation footage for the mission can be found here: http://www.orbitalatk.com/news-room/bmc/#. Please note that media will need to request a PIN for access.

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Re: LIVE: Cygnus OA-8 - Antares - November 12, 2017
« Reply #488 on: 11/12/2017 05:51 pm »
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Re: LIVE: Cygnus OA-8 - Antares - November 12, 2017
« Reply #489 on: 11/12/2017 05:56 pm »
43006       CYGNUS 0A-8   2017-071A     89.53min  51.61deg  299km   203km   
43007   ANTARES R/B   2017-071B     90.12min     51.61deg    361km   199km
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Re: LIVE: Cygnus OA-8 - Antares - November 12, 2017
« Reply #490 on: 11/12/2017 06:12 pm »
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The S.S. Gene Cernan #Cygnus has successfully completed its first Delta-V (DV) burn. All systems are operating nominally

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Re: LIVE: Cygnus OA-8 - Antares - November 12, 2017
« Reply #491 on: 11/12/2017 06:29 pm »
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Re: LIVE: Cygnus OA-8 - Antares - November 12, 2017
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Re: LIVE: Cygnus OA-8 - Antares - November 12, 2017
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Re: LIVE: Cygnus OA-8 - Antares - November 12, 2017
« Reply #494 on: 11/13/2017 06:34 am »
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Re: LIVE: Cygnus OA-8 - Antares - November 12, 2017
« Reply #495 on: 11/13/2017 07:58 am »
mdeep, loved your first shot.  Any chance we could see it in hi-res?

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Re: LIVE: Cygnus OA-8 - Antares - November 12, 2017
« Reply #496 on: 11/13/2017 03:34 pm »
And capture by Paolo Nespoli at 9:50 UTC on Tuesday 14 nov.

Cygnus capture is almost simultaneous with JPSS-1 launch!  Split-screen NASA coverage?
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Re: LIVE: Cygnus OA-8 - Antares - November 12, 2017
« Reply #497 on: 11/13/2017 03:39 pm »
And capture by Paolo Nespoli at 9:50 UTC on Tuesday 14 nov.

Cygnus capture is almost simultaneous with JPSS-1 launch!  Split-screen NASA coverage?

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Antares/OA8: Cygnus is on course for capture at the International Space Station around 4:50am EST Tuesday; NASA plans to cover the capture on its public TV channel; coverage of the JPSS1 launch from Vandenberg AFB will be carried on the media channel
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Re: LIVE: Cygnus OA-8 - Antares - November 12, 2017
« Reply #498 on: 11/13/2017 04:26 pm »
I have a feeling that tomorrow morning's events will happen similarly to the GOES-R/GOES 16 launch and Soyuz-MS 03 docking coverages last year.

In a way that maybe the Media and Public channels will switch from time to time and the JPSS-1/NOAA 20 launch being interrupted after SRB separation.
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Re: LIVE: Cygnus OA-8 - Antares - November 12, 2017
« Reply #499 on: 11/13/2017 05:56 pm »
Congratulations to Orbital on a great launch and orbit insertion for Cygnus #8.
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