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Robert Pearlman
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posted 04-08-2014 08:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Editor's note: To keep the topic Orbital Sciences Antares-Cygus Orb-2 CRS flight focused on status updates, feedback and opinions are directed to this thread.

Please use this topic to discuss Orbital Sciences' Antares-Cygnus Commercial Resupply Services-2 flight.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 07-09-2014 06:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NASA release (updated for July 13 launch date)
NASA Television Coverage Set for Orbital-2 Mission to Space Station

NASA Television will provide live coverage of the upcoming Orbital Sciences Corp.'s mission to resupply the International Space Station.

Orbital's Cygnus cargo spacecraft is scheduled to launch from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport's Launch Pad 0A at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on Sunday, July 13 at 12:52 p.m. EDT (1752 GMT).

NASA TV will air a comprehensive video feed of launch preparations and other footage related to the mission beginning at 11:30 a.m. EDT. Launch coverage on NASA TV will begin at noon EDT.

The Cygnus will be filled with more than 3,000 pounds of supplies for the station, including science experiments to expand the research capability of the Expedition 40 crew members aboard the orbiting laboratory, crew provisions, spare parts and experiment hardware.

Among the research investigations headed to the space station aboard Orbital-2 are a flock of nanosatellites that are designed to take images of Earth, developed by Planet Labs of San Francisco; and a satellite-related investigation called TechEdSat-4 built by NASA's Ames Research Center in California, which aims to develop technology that will eventually enable small samples to be returned to Earth from the space station. In addition, a host of student experiments are being flown in association with the Student Spaceflight Experiment Program, an initiative of the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education and NanoRacks.

This and future commercial cargo resupply flights will ensure a robust national capability to deliver critical science research to orbit, significantly increasing NASA's ability to conduct new science investigations to the only laboratory in microgravity.

If Cygnus launches as scheduled, the spacecraft will arrive at the space station on Wednesday, July 16. Station commander Steven Swanson of NASA and Flight Engineer Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency will be standing by in the station’s cupola to capture the resupply craft with the station's robotic arm and install it on the Earth-facing port of the station's Harmony module.

NASA TV coverage of capture and installation will begin at 5:15 a.m. EDT (1015 GMT) on July 16. Grapple is scheduled at approximately 6:37 a.m. EDT. Coverage of the installation of Cygnus onto Harmony will begin at 8:30 a.m. EDT.

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NASA release
Antares Launch postponed to July 12

Orbital Sciences Corp. has postponed the launch of its Cygnus cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station until 1:14 p.m. EDT (1814 GMT) on Saturday, July 12, due to weather conditions that delayed the rollout of the Antares rocket to the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport’s Pad 0A at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

Rollout of the rocket has been rescheduled for Thursday morning.

NASA Television coverage of Saturday's launch will begin at 12:30 p.m. EDT.

If Cygnus launches Saturday, rendezvous will still occur on Tuesday, July 15, with grapple scheduled at 7:24 a.m. EDT. Rendezvous coverage will begin at 6:15 a.m. EDT, followed by berthing coverage at 9:30 a.m. EDT.

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NASA release
Antares launch postponed to July 13

Orbital Sciences Corp. has postponed the launch of its Cygnus cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station until 12:52 p.m. EDT (1752 GMT) on Sunday, July 13, from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport's Pad 0A at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Severe weather in the Wallops area has repeatedly interrupted Orbital's operations schedule leading up to the launch.

NASA Television coverage of Sunday's launch will begin at noon EDT.

If Cygnus launches on Sunday, rendezvous will occur on Wednesday, July 16, with grapple scheduled at 6:37 a.m. EDT. Rendezvous coverage will begin at 5:15 a.m. EDT, followed by berthing coverage at 8:30 a.m. EDT.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 07-13-2014 01:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A great Sunday start to the voyage of the SS Janice Voss:

JBoe
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Robert, great shot! My foster daughter and I weren't able to see it from Churchton, MD due to hazy conditions.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 08-17-2014 05:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From Reid Wiseman on Twitter:
Crew mate Max Suraev just caught this AMAZING photo of Cygnus Orb-2 disintegrating on reentry.

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