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Main » 2016 » November » 10 » “Cygnus” CRS OA-5 spacecraft launched to Space Station.

“Cygnus” CRS OA-5 spacecraft launched to Space Station.

On October 17, 2016 at 23:45 UTC the "Cygnus” privately owned U.S. unmanned supply spacecraft was launched from Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS). MARS is a commercial space launch facility located at the southern tip of NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, in the Atlantic Ocean just east of the Delmarva Peninsula and south of Chincoteague, Virginia, USA. The launch was performed by Orbital ATK Inc., an American aerospace manufacturer and defense industry company. The "Cygnus” (CRS OA--5 “Alan Poindexter”) unmanned supply spacecraft, built by U.S. space firm Orbital Sciences Corp., was orbited by the “Antares-230” rocket-carrier on its cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station. CRS means Commercial Resupply Services. The "Cygnus” (CRS OA-5) is the 6th successful flight of the Orbital ATK uncrewed resupply spacecraft Cygnus. The “Cygnus” spacecraft for this mission was named Alan Poindexter in honor to astronaut Alan G. Poindexter, a deceased American astronaut. The “Antares-230” first stage was powered by two Russian made RD-181 engines. The “Cygnus” CRS OA--5 “Alan Poindexter” is to be docked with the ISS on October 23.

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