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April 17th, 2017

Orbital ATK Honors Astronaut John Glenn ... Spacecraft OA-7 Cygnus Ready to Launch 

All ready for a launch!

A dedicated astronaut's name will be remembered with tomorrow's launch of Orbital ATK's OA-7 Cygnus.

Report from Orbital ATK 

Mission Update - April 17, 2017

The United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket has rolled from the Vertical Integration Facility (VIF) to launch pad 41 in preparation for tomorrow's launch. Weather is looking good with 90 percent favorable conditions. 

Photos courtesy of NASA.

Earlier this month ULA developed a plan to resolve an earlier booster hydraulic issue. Both the Atlas V rocket and Cygnus spacecraft remain secure. Several tons of cargo including crew supplies and science experiments packed aboard Cygnus remain in good shape.

Orbital ATK is honored to name the OA-7 Cygnus cargo delivery spacecraft after former astronaut and US Senator John Glenn.

Glenn, the first American to orbit Earth, was a lifelong pioneer of human spaceflight. Glenn paved the way for America’s space program, from moon missions, to the space shuttle and the International Space Station.

His commitment to America's human space flight program and his distinguished military and political career make him an ideal honoree for the OA-7 Mission. Glenn passed away on December 8, 2016 and is survived by his wife of 73 years, Annie, and their children, John and Carolyn.

Read more about John Glenn here.