jeudi 24 mai 2018

Astronaut Commands Robotic Arm to Capture Cygnus Cargo Craft












NASA / Orbital ATK - Cygnus OA-9 Mission patch.

May 24, 2018


Image above: Orbital ATK’s Cygnus resupply ship slowly maneuvers its way toward the International Space Station before its robotic capture and installation during Expedition 47 in March of 2016. Image Credit: NASA.

At 5:26 a.m. EDT, Expedition 55 Flight Engineer Scott Tingle of NASA successfully captured Orbital ATK’s Cygnus cargo spacecraft using the International Space Station’s robotic arm, backed by NASA Astronauts Ricky Arnold and Drew Feustel.

OA-9 S.S. J.R. Thompson Cygnus capture

Robotic ground controllers will position Cygnus for installation to the orbiting laboratory’s Earth-facing port of the Unity module.


Image above: The Cygnus space freighter is grappled by the Canadarm2 after a three-day trip to the space station. Image Credit: NASA TV.

NASA TV coverage of operations to install the Cygnus, dubbed the S.S. James “J.R.” Thompson, to the space station’s Unity module will resume at 7:30 a.m.

Learn more about the Orbital ATK CRS-9 mission by going to the mission home page at: http://www.nasa.gov/orbitalatk

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Related links:

NASA TV: https://www.nasa.gov/nasatv

S.S. James “J.R.” Thompson: https://www.orbitalatk.com/news-room/feature-stories/OA9-Mission-Page/Documents/SS_JR%20Thompson_Bio.pdf

Expedition 55: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/expeditions/expedition55/index.html

Commercial Resupply: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/structure/launch/index.html

Space Station Research and Technology: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/index.html

International Space Station (ISS): https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/main/index.html

Images (mentioned), Video, Text, Credits: NASA/Mark Garcia/NASA TV/SciNews.

Best regards, Orbiter.ch

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