TheÂ Orbital ATKÂ Cygnus spacecraft launched by NASAÂ Tuesday has arrived at the International Space Station to deliver 7,900 pounds of cargo that includes crew supplies and scientific experiments.
S.S. Rick Husband Cygnus‘ arrival marksÂ the company’s fourth berthing with ISS under the space agency’s Commercial Resupply Services contract, Orbital ATK said Saturday.
“As we accomplish our fifth Cygnus berthing to the ISS, we celebrate the completion of a primary mission objective for OA-6,” said Frank Culbertson, president of Orbital ATKÂ space systems group and an inductee into Executive Mosaic‘s Wash100 for 2016.
“Following its stay at the ISS, and for the first time, we will undertake three experiments onboard the unmanned spacecraft.”
The companyÂ said Cygnus — which launched late TuesdayÂ from Cape Canaveral Air Force station — was maneuvered close to ISSÂ before its retrieval by theÂ space observatory’s robotic arm and docking at the Unity module.
The spacecraft willÂ stay at ISSÂ for two months before proceeding with three payload mission objectives, which are toÂ place five CubeSats into orbit,Â light a large-scale fire onboard using the Spacecraft Fire Experiment-IÂ and perform the Reentry Breakup Recorder experiment.
It will alsoÂ carry 4,400 pounds of disposable cargo to Earth, Orbital ATK added.