Status Report

Mission Update: OA-8 Space Station Cargo Resupply

By SpaceRef Editor
August 11, 2017
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Orbital ATK, at NASA’s direction, is now targeting November 10 for launch of the OA-8 mission to the International Space Station, solely based on NASA’s revised ISS traffic planning and cargo needs.

Orbital ATK’s Cygnus spacecraft is scheduled to launch aboard an Antares launch vehicle for the sixth time from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

Cygnus will deliver vital equipment, supplies and scientific equipment to the space station as part of Orbital ATK’s Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract with NASA. Integration and test of the Antares launch vehicle and Cygnus spacecraft are complete and both were processed to support a mission as early as September of this year.

Final preparations for the mission will begin in early October to support the new November 10 target launch date.

SpaceRef staff editor.