AnÂ Orbital ATK‘s Cygnus spacecraft has departed theÂ NASA‘s International Space Station after a 72-day stay there for astronauts to collect cargo and supplies for science experiments on the ISS.
Cygnus unloaded 7,700 pounds of cargo for the OA-4 mission under aÂ Commercial Resupply Services contract position Orbital ATK holds with NASA, the companyÂ said Monday.
Cygnus left the ISS Friday, thenÂ re-entered Earthâ€™s atmosphere and burned upon arrival east ofÂ New Zealand and above the Pacific Ocean on Feb. 20 withÂ 3,000 pounds of items the space station crew loaded onto the spacecraft for disposal.
“We now turn our efforts toward final preparations for the next Cygnus cargo mission in March with a continued focus on supporting the needs of the crew members aboard the ISS,” said Frank Culbertson, president of Orbital ATKâ€™s space systems groupÂ president.
Orbital ATK has begun preparations for the next resupply mission called OA-6, which is awaiting approval from the Eastern Range for aÂ March 22 launch aboardÂ anÂ Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.
The companyÂ aims toÂ complete 10 CRS missions to deliverÂ 59,000 pounds of cargo to the ISS by 2018.