Cygnus NG-17

Summary

Cygnus NG-17
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Artists' impression of an Extended Cygnus; the spacecraft type to be used in the mission.
NamesOA-17 (2016–2018)
Mission typeISS resupply
OperatorNorthrop Grumman
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft typeEnhanced Cygnus
Manufacturer
Start of mission
Launch date19 February 2022 (planned) [1][2][3]
RocketAntares 230+
Launch siteWallops, Pad 0A
ContractorNorthrop Grumman
End of mission
DisposalDeorbited
Decay date2022 (planned)
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric orbit
RegimeLow Earth orbit
Inclination51.66°
Berthing at International Space Station
Berthing portHarmony or Unity
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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.[1][2][3] This is the sixth launch of Cygnus under the CRS-2 contract.[4][5]

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.[6]

History

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.[6]

Spacecraft

This will be the twelfth flight of the Enhanced-sized Cygnus PCM.[5][7]

Manifest

Cygnus spacecraft is loaded with 0 kg (0 lb) of research, hardware, and crew supplies.[8]

  • Crew supplies: 0 kg (0 lb)
  • Science investigations: 0 kg (0 lb)
  • Spacewalk equipment: 0 kg (0 lb)
  • Vehicle hardware: 0 kg (0 lb)
  • Computer resources: 0 kg (0 lb)

Research

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: [9]

  • TBD

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Baylor, Michael (1 September 2020). "Status - Cygnus NG-17". Next Spaceflight. Retrieved 8 April 2021.
  2. ^ a b "Launch Schedule". Spaceflight Now. 31 March 2021. Retrieved 9 April 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Microgravity Research Flights". Glenn Research Center. NASA. 22 April 2020. Retrieved 27 December 2020. Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  4. ^ Gebhardt, Chris (1 June 2018). "Orbital ATK looks ahead to CRS-2 Cygnus flights, Antares on the commercial market". NASASpaceFlight.com. Retrieved 27 December 2020.
  5. ^ a b "Northrop Grumman "optimistic" to receive more NASA cargo mission orders". Spaceflight Now. 1 October 2020. Retrieved 27 December 2020.
  6. ^ a b "Cygnus Spacecraft". Northrop Grumman. 6 January 2020. Retrieved 27 December 2020.
  7. ^ "NASA Orders Two More ISS Cargo Missions From Orbital ATK". SpaceNews. 17 August 2015. Retrieved 27 December 2020.
  8. ^ "Northrop Grumman Commercial Resupply". ISS Program Office. NASA. 1 July 2019. Retrieved 27 December 2020. Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  9. ^ "ISS Research Program". Glenn Research Center. NASA. 1 January 2020. Retrieved 27 December 2020. Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.

External links

  • Northrop Grumman Commercial Resupply, NASA page