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OA-8E Cygnus completes mission after 12 days of free-flight activities

18 Dec 2017, 06:10 UTC
OA-8E Cygnus completes mission after 12 days of free-flight activities
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The eighth Cygnus resupply mission to the orbital outpost departed ISS and completed 12 days of free flight events ahead of a destructive re-entry that occurred on Monday. Before the end of its mission, Cygnus conducted a variety of activities, including the deployment of 14 Nanoracks Cubesats as well as several experiments for Orbital ATK for potential future uses of the spacecraft.

Cygnus OA-8E departs Station for 2nd phase of mission:
Orbital ATK entered the second phase of the OA-8E Cygnus’ resupply flight to the International Space Station, a mission that was completed exceedingly well.
“Overall, this has really been a great mission. I really would describe it as flawless,” noted Frank DeMauro, Vice President and General Manager of the Advanced Programs Division for Orbital ATK Space Systems Group, in an interview with NASASpaceflight’s Chris Gebhardt.
“The spacecraft has performed extremely well, exactly as designed.”
Like the craft it took to orbit, Orbital ATK’s Antares rocket also earned excellent marks for its performance during the mission’s launch on 12 November.
“Antares performance on OA-8 was excellent, and matched very well the performance we observed on the prior OA-5 mission,” noted Kurt Eberly, Vice President and Antares Program Manager for Orbital ...

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