Rocket launch reignites space station deliveries in Virginia

  • Rocket launch reignites space station deliveries in Virginia

Rocket launch reignites space station deliveries in Virginia

An Orbital ATK rocket is being launched from NASA's Wallops Island Flight Facility at 7:40 p.m.

"These engines have flown in slightly different variations on other rockets", said Frank Culbertson, president of Orbital ATK, in a news conference Saturday. "A lot of hard work has gone into this". Supply levels are in no immediate danger of running out on the ISS, and Russian Federation and Japan have cargo delivery capabilities as well, but all three countries need to be launching regularly to get the most use out of the orbital laboratory.

The Cygnus capsule positioned atop the rocket was packed with 2,400kg of food, supplies, equipment and scientific experiments bound for the space station. After the cargo is removed and any disposal items are added, Cygnus will depart from the ISS, and begin secondary payload missions, which will be conducted after Cygnus departs the Space Station.

It's expect to arrive at the International Space Station on Sunday when the crew will maneuver it into position. "We have missed seeing the launches from here", Joel Montalbano, the deputy manager for the space station program at NASA's Johnson Space Center, said.

Since then, Orbital ATK launched two Cygnus mission's from Cape Canaveral in Florida on United Launch Alliance's Atlas V rocket.

The AJ-26, also known as the NK-33, was first developed for the Soviet Union's N-1 moon booster. Interestingly, the exact cause of the 2014 explosion was never agreed upon, but Orbital ATK believed it was related to a machining error in the AJ-26 engines used on Antares.

The most notable change in the upgraded Antares is the main engine.

The new engines provided a quicker trip for the Cygnus to orbit on Monday. The rocket delivered a Cygnus cargo spacecraft to orbit.

The cargo aboard the Cygnus will support dozens of new and existing investigations as the space station crews of Expeditions 49 and 50 contribute to approximately 250 science and research studies.

This is the first time since 2014 when this type of rocket was produced by the private company Orbital ATK.

"Every cargo mission is like Christmas, right?"

"Whether they will completely clear out within the next few hours, I'm not sure", she said shortly before 5 p.m.

The video below outlines the OA-5 mission.