Orbital ATK Inc., an aerospace and defense technology company headquartered in Chandler, successfully launched its Antares rocket carrying a Cygnus spacecraft. The launch was Orbital’s sixth cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station for NASA.
During the mission, designated OA-5, Cygnus was tasked with delivering vital equipment, supplies and experiments to astronauts aboard the space station, as well as conduct scientific experiments onboard Cygnus following undocking from the space station.
“Congratulations to the entire Orbital ATK and NASA team on a successful launch,” said Scott Lehr, president of Orbital’s flight systems group.
Cygnus carried the Saffire II payload experiment to study combustion behavior in microgravity. Data from the experiment was downloaded via telemetry.
Beginning in 2019, Orbital plans on carrying out a minimum of six initial cargo missions under a recently awarded NASA contract. Info: orbitalatk.com/news-room/bmc.