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'S.S. Roger Chaffee' Delivers Approximately 7,600 Pounds of Cargo to ISS

22 Apr 2019, 20:31 UTC
'S.S. Roger Chaffee' Delivers Approximately 7,600 Pounds of Cargo to ISS
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Northrop Grumman Corporation announced that the “S.S. Roger Chaffee” Cygnus spacecraft successfully completed its rendezvous and berthing maneuvers with the International Space Station on April 19. The mission marks the company’s 11th successful berthing with the orbiting laboratory.Cygnus launched aboard a Northrop Grumman Antares rocket on April 17, 2019 from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad 0A on Wallops Island, Virginia. As the spacecraft approached the space station, Cygnus executed a series of thruster burns to raise its orbit. Once the spacecraft was in close range, crew members on board the space station grappled the spacecraft with the station’s robotic arm at 5:30 a.m. EDT. Cygnus was then guided to its berthing port on the nadir side of the station’s Unity module and officially installed on to the space station at 7:31 a.m. EDT.“Our arrival at the space station as the ‘S.S. Roger Chaffee’ marks a proud moment for the NASA and Northrop Grumman teams,” said Frank DeMauro, vice president and general manager, space systems, Northrop Grumman. “As we deliver critical supplies and cargo to the astronauts aboard the space station, we are inspired by Lt. Commander Chaffee’s courage and commitment to the human exploration of space. The Cygnus spacecraft represents ...

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