Cygnus CRS-7 Successfully Reaches ISS

Orbital_Sciences_CRS_Flight_7_PatchApril 22, 2017: This morning, the unmanned Cygnus spacecraft successfully reached the International Space Station (ISS). This is the seventh of its planned cargo missions under Orbital ATK’s Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract with NASA. Cygnus launched from Cape Canaveral on April 18 atop an Atlas V, successfully reaching ISS and being captured via robotic arm at 10:05 GMT on April 22, 2017.

Odyssey personnel supported from the Mission Control Complex at Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX throughout the rendezvous and capture. Cygnus will remain attached to ISS for nearly three months before departing for a destructive atmospheric re-entry. Congratulations to the entire Orbital ATK team!

For more information, visit the Orbital ATK website: http://www.orbital.com/AdvancedSystems/CRS

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SpX-10 End of Mission!

March 19, 2017: Today SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft completed its tenth Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) cargo mission to the International Space Station (ISS). Odyssey engineers supported from the Johnson Space Center Mission Control Complex as release and departure from ISS went smoothly this morning. Re-entry followed a few hours later, with successful splashdown occurring at 14:46 GMT.

Odyssey’s role in Dragon development was extensive, including Dragon Guidance Navigation and Control (GN&C) and System Engineering design support, as well as Independent Verification and Validation of all safety critical software. Congratulations to the entire SpaceX and NASA team!

For more information on the SpaceX Dragon CRS-10 mission, visit the SpaceX website: http://www.spacex.com

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Successful SpX-10 ISS Arrival

SpX-10_approaches_the_ISSFebruary 23, 2017: SpaceX’s unmanned Dragon spacecraft successfully reached the International Space Station (ISS) this morning, on the tenth mission under the Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract with NASA. Following launch from Cape Canaveral on February 16, the Dragon spacecraft performed an automatic abort on its first rendezvous attempt. After safely following a 24-hour “racetrack” trajectory, Dragon reached ISS and was captured via robotic arm at 10:44 GMT on February 23, 2017.

Odyssey personnel supported from the Mission Control Complex at Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX throughout the rendezvous and capture. Dragon will remain attached to ISS for approximately a month before departing for a controlled atmospheric re-entry and splashdown in the Pacific Ocean for retrieval. Congratulations to the entire SpaceX team!

For more information, visit the SpaceX website: http://www.spacex.com

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Successful End to HTV-6 Mission!

February 5, 2017: Today the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) announced completion of the destructive re-entry of the sixth H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV), named Kounotori-6, bringing to an end its mission. Odyssey engineers supported from the Johnson Space Center Mission Control Complex as release and departure from ISS went smoothly on January 27, with release occurring at 15:45 GMT. Re-entry followed 8 days later at 15:06 GMT after conducting the Kounotori Integrated Tether Experiment (KITE). Congratulations to the entire JAXA, CSA, and NASA team!

For more information on the HTV or the HTV-6 mission, please visit: http://iss.jaxa.jp/en/htv/mission/htv-6

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HTV-6 Rendezvous Successful

htv6_captureDecember 13, 2016: The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) unmanned H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV) successfully reached the International Space Station (ISS) this morning, its sixth such cargo mission. After a nominal launch from Tanegashima, Japan on December 9, HTV reached ISS and was captured via robotic arm at 10:37 GMT on December 13, 2016.

Odyssey personnel supported from the Mission Control Complex at Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX throughout the rendezvous and capture. HTV-6 will remain attached to ISS for approximately two months before departing for a destructive atmospheric re-entry. Congratulations to the entire HTV team!

For more information, visit the HTV-6 mission website at: http://iss.jaxa.jp/en/htv/mission/htv-6

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Cygnus OA-5 Mission Complete!

November 28, 2016: The Orbital ATK Cygnus has successfully completed the OA-5 mission, its sixth Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) cargo mission to the International Space Station (ISS). Odyssey engineers supported from the Johnson Space Center Mission Control Complex as Cygnus was released and departed from ISS on November 21, with release occurring at 14:22 GMT. After releasing several Cubesats and conducting the Saffire-II experiment, re-entry occurred on November 28, with successful destructive re-entry completed at 12:05 GMT.

Odyssey’s role in Cygnus development was extensive, including Systems Engineering design support, Concept of Operations development, Robotic Capture design and analysis, and Independent Verification and Validation of all safety critical software. Congratulations to the entire Orbital ATK and NASA team!

For more information on Cygnus and the OA-5 mission, visit the Cygnus website: http://www.orbital.com/AdvancedSystems/CRS

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