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How will Cygnus Spacecraft Dock to Space Station?


Orbital ATK’s Cygnus CRS-6 spacecraft is scheduled to launch to the International Space Station on March 22. The spacecraft is set to lift off on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket at 11:05 p.m. EDT, which is also the start of a 30-minute launch window.

Cygnus will carry almost 7,500 pounds of science and research, crew supplies and vehicle hardware to the orbiting laboratory.

After launch in Florida, the spacecraft will arrive to the station on Saturday, March 26. Upon arrival, the spacecraft will be grappled (grabbed) using the space station’s robotic arm.


After the Cygnus spacecraft is berthed (connected) to the space station, the contents will be emptied and brought inside for use. Any trash that is on the space station, can be put inside the empty Cygnus before it is undocked from station and sent to burn up in Earth’s atmosphere.

Watch Launch

You can watch the launch of Orbital ATK’s Cygnus spacecraft online. Stream live coverage starting at 10 p.m. EDT on March 22. Launch is scheduled for 11:05 p.m., which is the start of a 30-minute launch window.

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Source: NASA

How will Cygnus Spacecraft Dock to Space Station?

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