Orbital ATK - updates

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Aircraft overhead forces Orbital to cancel cargo launch

Nov 11, 2017 - 8:58 AM

(UPDATED) The unmanned, barrel-shaped Cygnus is packed with food, supplies, and equipment for the 6 astronauts at the International Space Station

SET FOR LAUNCH. The Orbital ATK Antares rocket, with the Cygnus spacecraft onboard, is seen on launch Pad-0A, Friday, November 10, 2017 at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Photo by Bill Ingalls/NASA/AFP

'Fire in space' experiment kicks off aboard U.S. cargo ship

Nov 22, 2016 - 7:08 AM

How does fire act in space? Researchers will soon find out by trying to ignite 9 different materials aboard an unmanned spaceship on its way to a fiery re entry

In this file photo, Orbital ATK's Cygnus cargo craft (left) is seen from the Cupola module windows aboard the International Space Station on Oct. 23, 2016. NASA photo

'Fire in space' experiment to kick off aboard US cargo ship

Nov 21, 2016 - 11:30 PM

The 9 samples of materials to be set ablaze include flame retardant fabrics used for astronaut clothing station Plexiglas window samples with edge variations and structures used for storage containers and silicone composites says NASA

CYGNUS' FIRE EXPERIMENTS. In this October 23, 2016 image from NASA TV, the Cygnus resupply ship after joining up with the International Space Station. File photo by NASA TV / AFP

Orbital cargo ship arrives at space station

Oct 24, 2016 - 12:15 AM

The unmanned cargo ship successfully brings 2 5 tons of food and supplies to the 6 astronauts living in orbit

In this October 23, 2016 Iamge from NASA TV, the Cygnus resupply ship after joining up with the International Space Station(ISS. The unmanned cargo ship operated by the US company OrbitalATK arrived Sunday at the International Space Station, delivering 2.5 tons of food and supplies to the six astronauts living in orbit. US astronaut Kate Rubins and Japanese astronaut Takuya Onishi led the operation to grab the incoming Cygnus spaceship with the space station's robotic arm.  / AFP PHOTO / NASA TV / HO / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / NASA TV" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

First launch for Orbital's Antares rocket since '14 blast

Oct 18, 2016 - 8:19 AM

UPDATED The unmanned Cygnus cargo ship launches packed with some 5 100 pounds 2 300 kilograms of gear bound for the station s astronauts living in orbit

Liftoff of OA-5 rocket from Wallops Island, Virginia, October 17, 2016. Credit: NASA TV

NASA tests deep space rocket booster ahead of 2018 mission

Jun 29, 2016 - 12:18 AM

NASA describes the SLS as the world s most powerful rocket saying the test aims to see how the propellant performs at the colder end of its temperature range

SPACE LAUNCH SYSTEM TEST. The second and final qualification motor (QM-2) test for the Space Launch System’s booster is seen, Tuesday, June 28, 2016, at Orbital ATK Propulsion System's (SLS) test facilities in Promontory, Utah. Photo by Bill Ingalls/NASA

PH microsatellite Diwata-1 reaches Int'l Space Station

Mar 27, 2016 - 8:10 AM

The unmanned space freighter Cygnus carrying the Diwata 1 microsatellite in its payload of experiments and supplies successfully docks at the International Space Station

ARRIVAL. A computer overlay with engineering data provides video of the Canadarm2 robotic arm maneuvering to capture the Orbital ATK Cygnus space freighter. Credit: NASA TV

Excitement, hope as PH launches own microsatellite

Mar 23, 2016 - 3:55 PM

After a successful launch into space the Philippines now looks forward to the deployment of its first microsatellite Diwata 1

The Atlas V rocket lifts off. Image courtesy NASA

PH microsatellite Diwata-1 heads to Int'l Space Station

Mar 23, 2016 - 11:11 AM

The Philippines first ever homegrown microsatellite the Diwata 1 sets off for the International Space Station aboard the Cygnus resupply mission

LIFTOFF. The Atlas V rocket, carrying the Cygnus resupply mission, lifts off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, March 22, 2016. Frame grab courtesy NASA TV

WATCH: Cygnus sets off for ISS with PH microsatellite Diwata-I

Mar 23, 2016 - 10:17 AM

UPDATED NASA partner Orbital ATK sent its Cygnus cargo ship to the International Space Station with it the Philippines first microsatellite the Diwata I in its payload

The Atlas V rocket lifts off. Image courtesy NASA

Philippine microsatellite Diwata-I set for launch

Mar 22, 2016 - 9:46 PM

The Diwata I microsatellite is set to be brought to the International Space Station ISS on Wednesday morning March 23 Manila time

HELLO, DIWATA! Diwata 1, the first Filipino-made microsatellite, is surrounded by Filipino and Japanese scientists in this photo during its turnover to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), January 13, 2016. Photo courtesy Department of Science and Technology

NASA to test fire in space by burning unmanned orbiting craft

Mar 16, 2016 - 7:45 PM

The experiment called Saffire 1 aims to help NASA improve the safety of space missions

In this December 9, 2015 NASA TV image the Orbital ATK's Cygnus cargo ship is seen just before capture as it arrives at the International Space Station. Cygnus is carrying more than 7,000 pounds (3,000 kilograms) of water, food and supplies for global astronauts. AFP PHOTO / HANDOUT / NASA TV == RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE / MANDATORY CREDIT: "AFP PHOTO / HANDOUT / NASA TV "/ NO MARKETING / NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS / DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS == / AFP / NASA TV / -

Takata airbag fault due to moisture – investigators

Feb 24, 2016 - 10:30 PM

The Independent Testing Coalition discovers 3 factors behind the airbag defect all linked to moisture

epa04758528 A general view of the Takata facility in Auburn Hills, Michigan USA on 20 May 2015. Under pressure from US transportation regulators, the Japanese manufacturer Takata on 19 May 2015 acknowledged a safety defect in airbags it supplied to 11 automakers and agreed to a recall of nearly 35 million automobiles in the United States. EPA/JEFF KOWALSKY

Orbital to fly first space cargo mission since 2014 explosion

Dec 03, 2015 - 9:01 AM

Orbital executives deny any jitters on the eve of the launch over a year after the blastoff in Virginia

PREP FOR LAUNCH. The Orbital ATK Cygnus spacecraft is being filled with cargo and research for the International Space Station at NASA?s Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Friday, November 13, 2015. Cristobal Herrera/EPA