|Mission type||ISS resupply|
|Spacecraft type||Enhanced Cygnus|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||19 February 2022 (planned) |
|Launch site||Wallops, Pad 0A|
|End of mission|
|Decay date||2022 (planned)|
|Reference system||Geocentric orbit|
|Regime||Low Earth orbit|
|Berthing at International Space Station|
|Berthing port||Harmony or Unity|
Cygnus NG-17 mission patch
Cygnus NG-17, previously known as Cygnus OA-17, is the seventeenth planned flight of the Northrop Grumman robotic resupply spacecraft Cygnus and its sixteenth flight to the International Space Station (ISS) under the Commercial Resupply Services (CRS-2) contract with NASA. The mission is planned to launch in February 2022. This is the sixth launch of Cygnus under the CRS-2 contract.
Orbital ATK (now Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems) and NASA jointly developed a new space transportation system to provide commercial cargo resupply services to the International Space Station (ISS). Under the Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program, Orbital ATK designed, acquired, built, and assembled these components: Antares, a medium-class launch vehicle; Cygnus, an advanced spacecraft using a Pressurized Cargo Module (PCM) provided by industrial partner Thales Alenia Space and a Service Module based on the Orbital GEOStar satellite bus.
Cygnus NG-17 is the sixth Cygnus mission under the Commercial Resupply Services-2 contract.
Production and integration of Cygnus spacecraft are performed in Dulles, Virginia. The Cygnus service module is mated with the pressurized cargo module at the launch site, and mission operations are conducted from control centers in Dulles, Virginia and Houston, Texas.
Cygnus spacecraft is loaded with 0 kg (0 lb) of research, hardware, and crew supplies.
The new experiments arriving at the orbiting laboratory will inspire future scientists and explorers, and provide valuable insight for researchers.
NASA Glenn Research Center studies: