Commercial Spaceflight And The Dawning Age of NewSpace

Station-bound cargo ship shown to press before launch | Spaceflight Now

The Orbital ATK’s Cygnus commercial resupply spacecraft, named the SS Deke Slayton II, is packed up and poised for launch to the International Space Station.

Engineers showed the vessel to local reporters and photographers at the Kennedy Space Center’s Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility on Friday. It will be encapsulated in the Atlas 5 rocket’s 14-foot diameter aluminum nose cone on Monday and moved to the United Launch Alliance vehicle integration facility next Friday for mating to the booster.

Liftoff is planned for approximately 5:55 p.m. EST (2255 GMT) on Dec. 3.

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