NG-11 Cygnus begins multi-month post-ISS mission

NG-11 Cygnus begins multi-month post-ISS mission

Northrop Grumman’s NG-11 Cygnus departed the International Space Station following its 3.5-month stay aboard the orbiting laboratory, beginning a multi-month free-flying secondary mission. Using the robotic Canadarm2, the spacecraft was unberthed Aug 6, 2019, from the Earth-facing port of the Unity module and positioned about 10 meters below the Destiny laboratory module and released to slowly move away from the ISS.

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Progress MS-12 makes fast-track flight to ISS

Progress MS-12 makes fast-track flight to ISS

Two orbits after launching from Kazakhstan, Russia’s Progress MS-12 cargo spacecraft rendezvoused and docked with the International Space Station. Inside the freighter is some 2,400 kilograms of hardware and crew supplies bound for the outpost and its six-person Expedition 60 crew.

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NG-11 Cygnus begins 3-month ISS stay

NG-11 Cygnus begins 3-month ISS stay

Two days after launch, Northrop Grumman’s NG-11 Cygnus rendezvoused and was berthed to the International Space Station's Unity module.

Capture of Cygnus by the space station’s Canadarm2 remote manipulator system took place at 09:28 UTC April 19, 2019, while the outpost was flying about 409 kilometers over northeast France.

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NG-10 Cygnus ends post-ISS mission after deploying satellites

NG-10 Cygnus ends post-ISS mission after deploying satellites

Having launched Nov. 17, 2018, and spent 81 days attached to the International Space Station, the NG-10 Cygnus, named SS John Glenn by Northrop Grumman, was unberthed Feb. 8 to perform a two-week stand-alone mission. That post-ISS flight came to an end at about 09:00 UTC Feb. 25, 2019, when the spacecraft’s engine performed a deorbit burn to lower its orbit enough for Earth’s atmosphere to drag it down, safely burning it up of the Pacific Ocean.

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NG-10 Cygnus departs ISS to perform secondary mission

NG-10 Cygnus departs ISS to perform secondary mission

Northrop Grumman’s NG-10 Cygnus spacecraft has departed the International Space Station after three months at the orbiting complex.

Loaded inside the disposable cargo freighter is 2,500 kilograms of trash and unneeded equipment. Cygnus is now set to perform a two-week free-flight mission to deploy three CubeSats, according to NASA.

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NG-10 Cygnus brings experiments, supplies to ISS crew

NG-10 Cygnus brings experiments, supplies to ISS crew

Less than 24 hours after Progress MS-10 docked with the International Space Station, Northrop Grumman’s NG-10 Cygnus cargo freighter rendezvoused with the orbiting outpost.

After launching from Wallops Island, Virginia, two days ago, the spacecraft arrived in the vicinity of the ISS in the early-morning hours of Monday, Nov. 19, 2018.

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OA-9 Cygnus leaves ISS

OA-9 Cygnus leaves ISS

Following two months attached to the International Space Station, the ninth Cygnus resupply spacecraft was unberthed and released from the orbiting outpost to perform a secondary two-week free-flight mission.

The Northrop Grumman (formerly Orbital ATK) OA-9 Cygnus was unberthed in the early-morning hours of July 15, 2018, before being released at 8:37 a.m. EDT (12:37 GMT).

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OA-9 Cygnus cargo ship arrives at ISS

OA-9 Cygnus cargo ship arrives at ISS

Orbital ATK’s OA-9 Cygnus cargo spacecraft rendezvoused with the International Space Station May 24, 2018, after a three-day chase of the orbiting outpost following a successful launch atop an Antares rocket.

When the OA-9 Cygnus spacecraft, named S.S. J.R. Thompson, was within about 10 meters of the football field-sized complex, Expedition 55 Flight Engineer Scott Tingle of NASA used the robotic Canadarm2 to reach out and grab the vehicle.

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The S.S. Gene Cernan OA-8 Cygnus arrives at ISS

The S.S. Gene Cernan OA-8 Cygnus arrives at ISS

After a two-day trek, Orbital ATK’s OA-8 Cygnus cargo ship arrived at the International Space Station. The vehicle was berthed to the outpost at 7:15 a.m. EST (12:15 GMT) Nov. 14, 2017, and will remain attached for several weeks.

Named “S.S. Gene Cernan” after the late Moonwalker, the spacecraft is loaded with about 7,400 pounds (3,350 kilograms) of pressurized cargo.

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OA-7 Cygnus re-enters atmosphere after 2-month mission

OA-7 Cygnus re-enters atmosphere after 2-month mission

Burning up in a blaze of glory, Orbital ATK‘s OA-7 Cygnus cargo ship re-entered Earth’s atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean June 11, 2017, ending its nearly two-month-long flight.

The spacecraft, which spent some six weeks attached to the International Space Station, delivered more than 3,300 kilograms of supplies to the outpost and, after unberthing last week, performed a fire experiment.

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