NASA approved me to attend the Dec. 3 resupply launch for the ISS!
Wow, what an exciting day!
I received a social media credential to attend the media events and launch of the Orbital ATK OA-4 cargo resupply flight to the International Space Station at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida! Liftoff is targeted for approximately 6 p.m. EST on Dec. 3.
The events will begin Dec. 1 and span through Dec. 3. I’ll get the once-in-a-lifetime chance to:
- Tour NASA facilities at Kennedy
- Meet and interact with engineers, technicians and other team members of the NASA team
- View and take photographs of the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket on the launch pad
- Meet fellow space enthusiasts who are active on social media and members of NASA’s social media team
- Hopefully, view the launch of an Atlas V rocket and Orbital ATK Cygnus spacecraft
I’ll be blogging everything about my experience… Stay tuned! -Marty
Here’s the last launch of the ULA Atlas V on YouTube:
December 3, 2015 launch details (source: http://www.ulalaunch.com)
Rocket/Payload: A United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 will launch Orbital ATK’s Cygnus™ spacecraft on the initial leg of its cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS).
Mission Description: Cygnus is a low-risk design incorporating elements drawn from Orbital ATK and its partners’ existing, flight-proven spacecraft technologies. Cygnus consists of a common Service Module (SM) and a Pressurized Cargo Module (PCM). The SM is assembled and tested at Orbital ATK’s Dulles, Virginia, satellite manufacturing facility and incorporates systems from Orbital ATK’s flight-proven LEOStar™ and GEOStar™ satellite product lines. The PCM is based on the Multi-Purpose Logistics Module (MPLM), developed and built by Thales Alenia Space of Italy.
The Cygnus spacecraft for the OA-4 mission is the first to employ the longer, “enhanced,” PCM which can carry a greater volume of cargo than the PCM flown on previous missions, and lightweight UltraFlex arrays developed and built by Orbital ATK’s Goleta, California, facility.
Launch Notes: OA-4 will mark the 60th launch of the Atlas V and the 30th launch in the 401 configuration. It also marks ULA’s first mission supporting ISS cargo resupply.
Launch Updates: To keep up to speed with updates to the launch countdown, dial the ULA launch hotline at 1-877-852-4321 or join the conversation at www.facebook.com/ulalaunch, twitter.com/ulalaunch and instagram.com/ulalaunch; hashtags #Cygnus, #OA4 and #AtlasV.