WALLOPS ISLAND, VA – As part of NASA’s ongoing effort to deliver supplies to the International Space Station (ISS) using commercially-developed space systems, the second Pressurized Cargo Module (PCM) for Orbital Sciences Corp.’s Cygnus spacecraft is schedule to arrive at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility July 17 to begin processing. The PCM being delivered will be used for the first of Orbital’s eight [image-62] operational cargo delivery missions to the ISS under the Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract with NASA. This first contracted cargo flight will follow Orbital's demonstration mission to the space station, which is scheduled for mid-September.
The Cygnus PCM is schedule to arrive around 6 p.m., via an Antonov An-124 aircraft. The An-124 is the world’s second largest operating cargo aircraft. It is being shipped from the Thales Alenia Space’s facility in Turin Italy, where it is manufactured under a subcontract from Orbital.
The Cygnus PCM will be unloaded from the An-124 and delivered to the Payload Processing Facility at NASA Wallops. Over the next few months, Orbital’s engineering team will load it with supplies bound for the ISS and will integrate it with the spacecraft’s service module which houses the spacecraft’s avionics, propulsion and power systems. Orbital builds and tests the service module at it Dulles, Va., manufacturing facilities and ships the completed unit to Wallops for integration with the PCM.
Orbital is currently scheduled to launch its first Cygnus mission to the ISS under the Commercial Orbital Transportations Services (COTS) development program in September with the first complete Cygnus that is already at Wallops awaiting integration with Orbital’s Antares rocket. All of Orbital’s ISS cargo resupply missions will occur from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport’s pad 0A at Wallops.
Media wanting to cover the arrival of the Cygnus pressurized cargo module should contact Keith Koehler via email or at 757-824-1579 by 10 a.m. July 17.
Information on the Cygnus spacecraft is available on the Internet at: http://www.orbital.com/Antares-Cygnus/
\Information on NASA’s commercial space transportation efforts is available on the Internet at: http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/commercial/index.html
Wallops Flight Facility