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November 2nd, 2015

Processing Continues On Cygnus For December 3 Launch Date

[Satnews] Kennedy Space Center is reporting that the Cygnus spacecraft that will carry nearly 6,000 pounds of cargo on the next U.S. resupply flight to the International Space Station has been moved from the Space Station Processing Facility to the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility (PHSF) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Photo of the Cygnus spacecraft during approach to the ISS.
Photo is courtesy of NASA.

This was followed by the spacecraft's move into the building’s high bay, where it will be uncovered, removed from atop its transporter, and placed into a work stand to begin preparations for propellant loading this week.

Developed and built by Orbital ATK, the Cygnus comprises the pressurized cargo module and attached service module, which houses the solar arrays and propulsion system. The spacecraft is set to deliver equipment, supplies and research to the station on the company’s fourth Commercial Resupply Services flight.

Launch aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V is scheduled for December 3 from Space Launch Complex 41 at nearby Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

Story by Anna Heiney.