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

Posted in HTV, ISS Visiting Vehicles | Comments Off on Successful End to HTV-6 Mission!

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

Posted in HTV, ISS Visiting Vehicles | Comments Off on HTV-6 Rendezvous Successful

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

Posted in Cygnus, ISS Visiting Vehicles | Comments Off on Cygnus OA-5 Mission Complete!

Successful Cygnus Rendezvous

Cygnus_OA-6_approaching_the_ISSOctober 23, 2016: Orbital ATK’s unmanned Cygnus spacecraft successfully reached the International Space Station (ISS) this morning on the sixth of its planned cargo missions under the Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract with NASA. Cygnus launched from Wallops Virginia on October 17 atop an Antares 230, successfully reaching ISS and being captured via robotic arm at 13:28 GMT on October 23, 2016.

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 approximately a month 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

Posted in Cygnus, ISS Visiting Vehicles | Comments Off on Successful Cygnus Rendezvous

Odyssey Engineers Recognized for NASA Software of the Year

September 26, 2016: Odyssey Engineers Alan Asp and Guy deCarufel were recently recognized for their work on “Generic Command and Telemetry Applications CI-TO” with a runner-up award during NASA’s Software of the Year competition.

Every year, each NASA center selects their best software to enter in this prestigious award competition designed to recognize developers of exceptional software created for or by NASA. The Software of the Year Award competition allows NASA to recognize and appreciate the teams that set high standards for significant software. Alan and Guy’s work won the Johnson Space Center (JSC) Software of the Year Competition and went on to represent JSC in this year’s national competition.

“Generic Command and Telemetry Applications CI-TO” is an extensible framework for general-purpose, configurable, telemetry output (TO) and command ingest (CI) Core Flight System (cFS,) applications. These applications, and their supporting I/O library, are being used on several current and future space mission projects and were designed to enable software reuse.

Congratulations to Alan and Guy for this prestigious award!

Posted in Awards | Comments Off on Odyssey Engineers Recognized for NASA Software of the Year

Dragon SpX-9 Mission Complete!

August 26, 2016: SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft has completed the ninth of its Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) cargo missions 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 on time at 15:47 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-9 mission, visit the SpaceX website: http://www.spacex.com

Posted in Dragon, ISS Visiting Vehicles | Comments Off on Dragon SpX-9 Mission Complete!