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ISS Space

Cygnus Launches In First Mission Since Antares Rocket Explosion (arstechnica.com) 39

An anonymous reader writes: An Atlas V rocket carrying a Cygnus cargo spacecraft to resupply the International Space Station has lifted off from Cape Canaveral. This is the first flight of the Cygnus since the previous spacecraft was destroyed during an Antares rocket explosion in 2014. Ars reports: "Sunday's successful launch was the fourth attempt this week to get CRS Orb-4 into space. Three previous launch attempts—one per day since Thursday—were scrubbed due to foul weather at Cape Canaveral. The CRS-4 Cygnus capsule is currently en route to the ISS, carrying about 7300 pounds (about 3300kg) of food, hardware, and scientific equipment for the Expedition 44 crew on board the ISS (which includes US astronaut Scott Kelly, who is more than halfway through a year-long stay aboard the station)."
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Cygnus Launches In First Mission Since Antares Rocket Explosion

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  • by unixisc ( 2429386 ) on Sunday December 06, 2015 @08:35PM (#51069895)

    I remember when Cygnus was a major name in writing FOSS for Linux and Unix platforms until Red Hat acquired them. They've really taken off since then - literally - by the look of it, given where they are today

  • by Anonymous Coward

    I know its popular to hate on cyngus for basically recycling unused parts, but you gotta give it to them, at least they slap together this stuff into something workable. Sure it might blow up from time to time, but its better than letting the stuff rot in a warehouse.

  • I'm not sure you can take credit for overcoming your rocket disaster when you "solve" the problem by using some other company's rocket.

  • I came here to write a snarky comment about deciding to out source lifting services when your cobbled launch system goes boom. However, the more think about it, this seems like the smarter thing for Cygnus to do.

    Get out of the lifting business. ULA and SpaceX (last launch not withstanding) have a reliable proven launch systems.
    Bezos is coming to the party possible soon.

    What they should instead do is get everybody at the table and agree to an interface that everybody would use for connecting their space cr
    • Get out of the lifting business. ULA and SpaceX (last launch not withstanding) have a reliable proven launch systems. Bezos is coming to the party possible soon.

      ATK Orbital is the sole source provider of the SRM's used on Atlas V launchers. Also, ATK Orbital manufactured the SRB's that were used on the shuttle, and will likely be manufacturing the SLS SRB's as well. They make the rocket motor for the PAM payload assist module used by many satellites during the shuttle days, and is an upper stage option for Delta launchers. They aren't exactly new to the game...

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