Commercial Spaceflight And The Dawning Age of NewSpace

Preview: Cygnus to take flight Tuesday aboard Atlas 5 rocket | Spaceflight Now

CAPE CANAVERAL — A hundred days after the last U.S. commercial resupply of the International Space Station by a Cygnus cargo ship launched atop an Atlas 5 rocket, the booster and freighter duo will do it again Tuesday.

It was just three months ago when a United Launch Alliance Atlas delivered Orbital ATK’s Cygnus — the S.S. Deke Slayton II — into orbit from a pad at Cape Canaveral. That cargo ship spent 72 days at the station to drop off over 7,000 pounds of supplies and take away 3,000 pounds of trash.

“That it’s right on the heels of the previous mission is a pleasant surprise. We were in the control room operating the last Cygnus until Feb. 20, now here we are ready to launch the next one. That pace is invigorating,” said Dan Tani, former space shuttle and station astronaut and now the senior director for mission and cargo operations at Orbital ATK.

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