Cygnus Standard

Active Cargo Unknown Payload Capacity: 2000 kg Diameter: 3.07 m Height: 5.1 m

Northrop Grumman Space Systems (NGSS)

Sept. 18, 2013

Cargo Earth Orbit Logistics

Flight Life

1 Week to 2 Years design life.

Description

The Cygnus spacecraft is launched aboard Antares or the Atlas V to deliver cargo to the ISS under NASAs CRS contracts. It has no heatshield so at the end of its mission its used to dispose of waste by burning up in the Earths atmosphere.

History

Cygnus is a spacecraft developed originally by Orbital ATK and then aquired by Northrup Grumman after an aquisition. It is used to transport cargo to the ISS. The first operational mission of Cygnus to the ISS was in September 2013. One flight on 28 October 2014 ended in a failure when the Antares launch vehicle, used to launch the Cygnus, exploded shortly after launch. This set back the Cygnus launch schedule over a year. Following the launch anomaly a new version known as 'Cygnus Enhanced' was flown. This extended the Cygnus length and allowed it to carry an extra 700kg to the ISS.


Northrop Grumman Space Systems

Commercial
CEO: Kathy Warden
NGSS 2015

Northrup Grumman Space Systems designs, builds and delivers space, defence and aviation-related systems to customers around the world. They aquired Orbital ATK in 2018 along with its launchers and ongoing missions.


SSLV
Failure
1 day, 9 hours ago
SSLV Demo 1
Satish Dhawan Space Centre First Launch Pad - Sriharikota, Republic of India

First test flight of Indian SSLV (Small Satellite Launch Vehicle).


Falcon 9
Success
3 days, 14 hours ago
Danuri (KPLO - Korean Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter)
Space Launch Complex 40 - Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

Lunar orbiter designed by the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) to demonstrate technologies, survey lunar resources and produce a topographic…


Long March 2F
Success
3 days, 21 hours ago
Chinese Reusable Space Vehicle
Launch Area 4 (SLS-1 / 921) - Jiuquan, People's Republic of China

Note: Launch time is approximate. Probable reflight of the Chinese spaceplane capable of returning to Earth, which flew in orbit September 4 - 6, …


New Shepard
Success
3 days, 23 hours ago
NS-22
West Texas Suborbital Launch Site/ Corn Ranch - Corn Ranch, USA

NS-22 is the sixth crewed New Shepard flight, carrying six passengers.


Atlas V 421
Success
4 days, 2 hours ago
SBIRS GEO-6
Space Launch Complex 41 - Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

Sixth geosynchronous satellite of the Space Based Infrared System program (SBIRS), providing capabilities for early missile warning and missile defen…


Electron
Success
4 days, 8 hours ago
NROL-199 (RASR-4)
Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1B - Onenui Station, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand

Classified payload for the US National Reconnaissance Office (NRO).


Long March 4B
Success
4 days, 10 hours ago
Terrestrial Ecosystem Carbon Inventory Satellite (TECIS)
Launch Complex 9 - Taiyuan, People's Republic of China

Note: Launch vehicle and payload uncertain. The Terrestrial Ecosystem Carbon Monitoring Satellite (TECIS) is intended to evaluate forest biomass, …


Soyuz 2-1v
Success
6 days, 16 hours ago
Kosmos 25XX
Unknown Pad - Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russian Federation

Per reports this may be a military inspector satellite, capable of monitoring other satellites in orbit. Its payload also allows for Earth observatio…


Long March 2D
Success
1 week, 2 days ago
Yaogan 35 Group 03
Launch Complex 3 ( LC-3 ) ( LA-1 ) - Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

3 Chinese reconnaissance satellites.


Zhongke-1A
Success
1 week, 5 days ago
Zhongke-1A
Jiuquan, People's Republic of China