Commercial Spaceflight And The Dawning Age of NewSpace

Photos: Cygnus packed up and fueled for trip to the space station | Spaceflight Now

The International Space Station cargo ship launching from Cape Canaveral on March 22 has been given a name — the SS Rick Husband.

Orbital ATK, in keeping with its five previous commercial freighters named after astronauts who have passed away, has christened the latest craft for the commander of shuttle Columbia’s ill-fated 2003 mission that was lost upon re-entry.

Liftoff of the SS Rick Husband is planned for 11:02 p.m. EDT (0302 GMT) on March 22 atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket on a three-day trek to rendezvous with the space station. Cygnus is carrying 7,756 pounds of goods and supplies for the outpost and its residents.

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