Orbital ATK Cygnus CRS OA-6 Cargo Module Inside The Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility At Kennedy Space Center, Florida.

On Tuesday, March 8, 2016, we had the opportunity to visit Kennedy Space Center to view the Orbital ATK Cygnus CRS OA-6 cargo module filled with cargo for the International Space Station. The spacecraft was on display inside NASA’s Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility (PHSF).

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Arriving at the Kennedy Space Center Press Site around noon I joined the rest of the news media outlets by the bus so we could be transported to the PHSF a few miles down the road. Once at the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility it was time for some super cleaning. We had to clean our shoes and camera equipment and suit up in clean room attire. Once we were in our clean room attire, we had to walk through air showers to make sure we were not carrying any stray particles that absolutely shouldn’t be sent to space.

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United Launch Alliance OA-4 mission logo patch

Biz360Tours Honda CR-V outside the Vehicle Assembly Building at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Biz360Tours Honda CR-V outside the Vehicle Assembly Building at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Credit: Biz360Tours
360 degree VR panoramic inside the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility with the United Launch Alliance Cygnus Cargo Module packed with supplies for the OA-6 mission
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OA-6 Cargo Module
360-degree little planet image inside the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility with the United Launch Alliance OA-6 Cargo Module Credit: Biz360Tours
OA-6 Cargo Module
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OA-6 Cargo Module
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OA-6 Cargo Module
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inside the PHSF with the OA-6 Cargo Module
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The mission is dedicated to S.S. Rick Husband, the commander of the Shuttle Columbia mission STS-107. This is the first time a resupply mission to the ISS has been dedicated to someone who has actually been the Space Station.

This the fifth commercial resupply services mission for Orbital ATK and it will launch atop a commercial United Launch Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The launch is scheduled for March 22 at approximately 11:05 p.m. EDT.

Under the Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA, Orbital ATK uses the Cygnus to perform resupply flights to the International Space Station. The Cygnus spacecraft consists of two modules, a pressurized cargo module for crew supplies, equipment, and various scientific experiments. The other module provides solar power and propulsion.

The Cygnus CRS OA-6 mission will be the second flight of the enhanced variant of the Cygnus pressurized cargo module. The enhanced PCM can carry approximately 7,700 pounds of cargo to the ISS, compared to the standard PCM which was designed to carry nearly 5,000 pounds of cargo.

This event was the second time I was able to photograph the Cygnus cargo module inside the PHSF. You can see the images from the first time I was at the PHSF here.

Mission Partners:

Orbital ATK
Prime contractor; engineering and development; Cygnus Service Module, mission and cargo operations.
Thales Alenia Space
Pressurized cargo module
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (MELCO)
Proximity link system
Draper Laboratory
Guidance, navigation and fault tolerance computer support
United Launch Alliance
Atlas V 401 launch vehicle delivery service
JAMSS America, Inc.
Operations support
Kennedy Space Center
Spacecraft processing facilities and services

Mission Overview PDFs
CRS Fact Sheet
Cygnus Fact Sheet
ISS Payload Opportunities on Cygnus Fact Sheet

View the Atlas V launch images

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