Orbital ATK Cygnus CRS OA-6 Cargo Module Inside The Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility At Kennedy Space Center, Florida.

On Tuesday, March 8, 2016 we had the opportunity to visit Kennedy Space Center to view the Orbital ATK Cygnus CRS OA-6 spacecraft filled with cargo for the International Space Station. The spacecraft was on display inside NASA’s Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility (PHSF).

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Arriving at the Kennedy Space Center Press Site around noon I joined the rest of the news media outlets by the bus so we could be transported to the PHSF a few miles down the road. Once at the PHSF it was time for some super cleaning. We had to clean our shoes and camera equipment and suit up in clean room attire. Once we were in our clean room attire we had to walk through air showers to make sure we were not carrying any stray particles that really shouldn’t be sent to space.

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The mission is dedicated to S.S. Rick Husband, the commander for the Shuttle Columbia mission STS-107. This is the first time a resupply mission to the ISS has been dedicated to someone who has actually been the Space Station.

This the fifth commercial resupply services mission for Orbital ATK and it will launch atop a commercial United Launch Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The launch is scheduled for March 22 at approximately 11:05 p.m. EDT.

Under the Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA, Orbital ATK uses the Cygnus to perform resupply flights to the International Space Station. The Cygnus spacecraft consist of two modules, a pressurized cargo module for crew supplies, equipment and various scientific experiments. The other module provides solar power and propulsion.

The Cygnus CRS OA-6 mission will be the second flight of the enhanced variant of the Cygnus pressurized cargo module. The enhanced PCM can carry approximately 7,700 pounds of cargo to the ISS, compared to the standard PCM which was designed to carry approximately 5,000 pounds of cargo.

This was the second time I was able to photograph the Cygnus cargo module inside the PHSF. You can see the images from the first time I was at the PHSF here.

Mission Partners:

Orbital ATK
Prime contractor; engineering and developement; Cygnus Service Module, mission and cargo operations.
Thales Alenia Space
Pressurized cargo module
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (MELCO)
Proximity link system
Draper Laboratory
Guidance, navigation and fault tolerance computer support
United Launch Alliance
Atlas V 401 launch vehicle delivery service
JAMSS America, Inc.
Operations support
Kennedy Space Center
Spacecraft processing facilities and services

Mission Overview PDFs
CRS Fact Sheet
Cygnus Fact Sheet
ISS Payload Opportunities on Cygnus Fact Sheet

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