Orbital ATK has concludedÂ its sixth cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station whichÂ also marked the company’s return to flight operations atÂ NASA‘s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.
The company said MondayÂ theÂ Cygnus spacecraft, nicknamedÂ S.S. Alan Poindexter, has completed its re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere as part of the OA-5 mission.
Cygnus arrived at the space station in OctoberÂ and delivered nearlyÂ 5,300 pounds of supplies, laboratory equipment and scientific experiments for ISS crew.
The spacecraft also performed Spacecraft Fire Experiment-IIÂ and deployed CubeSats to aidÂ weather forecasting after the vehicle departed the ISS Nov. 21.
“We returned to flight operations at our home base in eastern Virginia, successfully launched aboard our upgraded Antares rocket and once again showcased Cygnusâ€™ dynamic versatility and value to serve as a platform for conducting science experiments and payload operations,” said Frank Culbertson, president of Orbital ATK’s space systems group.
NASA’s Glenn Research Center designed the experiment while the space agency’s Advanced Exploration Systems Division funded the mission, Orbital ATK noted.
The company added preparations for the next mission under the Commercial Resupply Services-1 contract are underway and OA-7 is currently expected to launch in the spring of 2017.