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

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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!

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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

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Dragon CRS-9 Reaches ISS

SpaceX_CRS-9_PatchJuly 20, 2016: SpaceX’s unmanned Dragon spacecraft successfully reached the International Space Station (ISS) this morning, on the ninth mission under the Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract with NASA. After a nominal launch from Cape Canaveral on July 18 and a smooth two-day rendezvous, Dragon reached ISS and was captured via robotic arm at 10:56 GMT on July 20, 2016.

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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Inaugural Odyssey Pool Party

Pool_swimmingJuly 16, 2016: Pool_foodOdyssey employees and families tried to beat the Houston heat with a dip in the Nassau Bay community pool, just down the street from the main OSR offices. We enjoyed lunch featuring homemade barbecue brisket and cherry pie. A not very intense game of volleyball rounded out the activities for the day. A great time was had by all!

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Successful End to OA-6 Mission!

Orbital_Sciences_CRS_Flight_6_PatchJune 22, 2016: The Orbital ATK Cygnus has successfully completed the OA-6 mission, its fifth Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) cargo mission to the International Space Station (ISS) and its longest to date. Odyssey engineers supported from the Johnson Space Center Mission Control Complex as Cygnus was released and departed from ISS on June 14, with release occurring at 13:30 GMT. Re-entry followed on June 22, with successful destructive re-entry completed at 13:05 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-6 mission, visit the Cygnus website: http://www.orbital.com/AdvancedSystems/CRS

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