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Orbital’s Cygnus cargo freighter off to the ISS

By: sclaypoole
Orbital Science Corp.’s Cygnus cargo freighter launched to the ISS today from an Antares rocket from Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia (where LADEE launched recently). Cygnus, an advanced maneuvering robotic spacecraft, is part of NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS), which will provide a commercial cargo delivery system to the ISS. SpaceX has also developed and tested a spacecraft for the program, Dragon, which launched in May. Under the Commercial Resupply Service (CRS) program, Orbital will provide eight pressurized cargo missions to the ISS beginning in late 2013. CRS will complement existing Russian, European and Japanese ISS cargo vehicles. The Orbital team, with the help of Applied Defense Solutions and Space Exploration Engineering, used STK, STK Astrogator and Orbit Determination Tool Kit to design the rendezvous flight dynamics system for Cygnus. We are extremely proud that our software is being used for this important program. Click here to view a dynamic, interactive 2D/3D simulation developed with AGI’s Cesium software that tracks Cygnus’ position as it approaches and rendezvous with the ISS. Note: Cesium requires WebGL and is supported by recent versions of Chrome, Firefox and Opera. Internet Explorer is supported by using the Chrome Frame plugin. Safari is not currently supported. Read more at the Cesium FAQs. Below, find a short video showing the capture and docking of Cygnus with the ISS.

Capture and Docking of Cygnus with ISS from Analytical Graphics, Inc. on Vimeo.

Posted: 9/18/2013 5:35:51 PM