As the NG-10 Cygnus sails through its post-ISS mission, Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems continues showcasing the new capabilities of their cargo vessel, including a new CubeSat deployer for the SEOPS company and an – at the time of launch – unplanned use of Cygnus and its thrusters as part of a Mission Defense Agency test.
New CubeSat deployer:
Ten days after leaving the International Space Station, the NG-10 Cygnus has completed deployment of its supplementary CubeSat payloads both above and below the orbital altitude of ISS.
For the first time though, part of this deployment involved the launch of CubeSats from a new, specially mounted dispenser outside of Cygnus’ hatch – a dispenser attached by crew members on board the Station prior to the S.S. John Young’s departure from the orbital outpost earlier this month.
The CubeSat deployments followed a flawless mission for Cygnus, with Frank DeMauro, VP and General Manager, Space Systems Division, Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems, noting in an interview with NASASpaceflight’s Chris Gebhardt that “performance has been excellent from the time we launched. The rendezvous with the ISS was textbook. All the berthing activities went exactly as planned.”
Regarding the post-ISS segment of Cygnus’ mission, Mr. ...