Cygnus CRS Orb-2 arriving at the
International Space Station on 16 July 2014.
|Names||Orbital Sciences CRS Flight 2|
|Mission type||ISS resupply|
|Operator||NASA / Orbital Sciences|
|Mission duration||34 days, 20 hours, 29 minutes|
|Spacecraft||S.S. Janice Voss|
|Spacecraft type||Standard Cygnus |
Thales Alenia Space
|Launch mass||5,644 kg (12,443 lb)|
|Payload mass||1,494 kg (3,294 lb)|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||13 July 2014, 16:52:14 UTC |
|Rocket||Antares 120 |
|Launch site||MARS, LP-0A|
|End of mission|
|Decay date||17 August 2014, 13:22 UTC|
|Reference system||Geocentric orbit |
|Regime||Low Earth orbit|
|Berthing at International Space Station|
|Berthing port||Harmony nadir|
|RMS capture||16 July 2014, 10:36 UTC|
|Berthing date||16 July 2014, 12:53 UTC|
|Unberthing date||15 August 2014, 09:14 UTC|
|RMS release||15 August 2014, 10:40 UTC|
|Time berthed||29 days, 20 hours, 21 minutes|
Orbital Sciences Orb-2 mission patch
Cygnus CRS Orb-2, also known as Orbital Sciences CRS Flight 2, was the third flight of the Orbital Sciences' uncrewed resupply spacecraft Cygnus, its third flight to the International Space Station, and the fourth launch of the company's Antares launch vehicle. The mission launched from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) on 13 July 2014 at 16:52:14 UTC.
This was the second of eight scheduled flights by Orbital Sciences under the Commercial Resupply Services (CRS-1) contract with NASA. It was the last planned usage of the enhanced Castor 30B second stage for this CRS Orb-x series.
The mission was originally scheduled to launch on 1 May 2014 but the launch was delayed to 6 May 2014, then to 17 June 2014, then to 1 July 2014, again to 10 July 2014, again to 11 July 2014 due to test stand failure of an AJ-26 engine, to 12 July 2014 due to weather, and finally to 13 July 2014, again due to weather. Orb-2 launched on 13 July 2014 at 16:52:14 UTC with berthing to the ISS following 3 days later on 16 July 2014. The Cygnus Orb-2 delivered 1,650 kg (3,640 lb) of cargo to ISS and disposed of about 1,470 kg (3,240 lb) of trash through destructive reentry.
Night rollout from the Horizontal Integration Facility (HIF).
Raising of the rocket into launch position.
The Antares launch vehicle clears the TEL at liftoff.
The launch as seen from a viewing site.
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