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ISS Update: Interviews (Oct. 15-19, 2012)
Interviews: International Space Station Update

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ISS Update: Update on Orbital Sciences Cargo Flights to Station – 10.19.12
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NASA Public Affairs Officer Josh Byerly talks with Bruce Manners, a project executive for NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS), about Orbital Sciences Corporation’s work to provide cargo capability to the International Space Station.

Orbital is developing and qualifying a new launch vehicle called Antares to enable lower-cost COTS launches and the Cygnus cargo module. Antares will be launching from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

Orbital plans to launch Antares on its first test flight by the end of this year. Orbital also will launch Cygnus atop an Antares rocket in 2013 for its first demonstration flight to the station. Cygnus is designed to deliver cargo to the station then return to Earth filled with trash for destructive re-entry.

ISS Update: Capturing a Dragon – 10.16.12
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NASA Public Affairs Officer Josh Byerly talks with Robotics Officer Melanie Miller about the Aug. 10 capture and installation of the SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft, a team effort by the International Space Station’s Expedition 33 crew and robotics flight controllers at Mission Control Houston.

Commander Suni Williams and Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide used the station’s robotic arm, Canadarm2, to reach out and grapple Dragon as the cargo vehicle flew within about 32 feet of the orbiting complex. With Dragon securely in the grasp of Canadarm2, Miller and her team remotely operated the arm to guide the capsule to the Earth-facing side of the Harmony module for final installation by the station crew.

Reflecting upon the depth of her involvement with station robotics – from training the crew before flight to participating in the robotic operations taking place on orbit – Miller remarks, “It is an awesome privilege to be able to be certified to do this kind of job.”

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