13 July 2018
The Orlando Sentinel reports that an Orbital ATK Cygnus commercial spacecraft “launched from Virginia in May to resupply the International Space Station is set to depart the station in a live-streamed event Sunday morning.” NASA plans to begin its broadcast at 8:15 a.m. EDT Sunday to “capture the moment when station crew members use a robotic arm to release the Cygnus at 8:35 a.m.” After leaving the ISS, the Cygnus will “spend two more weeks in orbit while a flight control team conducts engineering tests and a NanoRacks deployer releases a series of CubeSats.” The spacecraft is expected to complete its mission “July 30 when it enters the atmosphere carrying thousands of pounds of space station trash to burn up harmlessly over the Pacific Ocean.” (Image: Russian Soyuz crew craft and the Northrop Grumman (formerly Orbital ATK) Cygnus space freighter attached to the ISS. Credit: NASA)
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