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Cygnus Expected to Load up The International Space Station

Up to 5,952 lb. (2,700 kg.) of payload, capacity will be carried onto the International Space Station via the Cygnus’ highly pressurized cargo module.

At the rear end of the Cygnus is a delivery unit fitted with aircraft, power module, information systems, and components that help in intelligence gathering. The Cygnus also has twin fixed-wing solar arsenide arrays that are capable of dispensing a power output of 3.5 kilowatts, are located outside the service module. A large pressure cargo unit and sturdy solar panels are improved for the Cygnus space future shuttle ships

A promising experimental trip scheduled for the 21st of April 2013 saw the launch of the first Antares rocket. The smooth plane ride laid the foundation for the first Cygnus test launch in September 2013. 

The Cygnus will receive a payload of over 7,500 lbs when fully packed. NASA administrators told the press that the 3,401-kilogram rocket would blast off with the three-person crew heading for the space station. The mission is named Expedition 62 that aims to take supplies, science experiments, and other equipment. 

This includes the Mobile Space Lab, a research project to look into the impact of micro-gravity interaction, and a shipment of bioengineered Ecoli bacteria for an experiment to try to produce fuel in space and another experiment to grow tissues and cells in space. Cowpeas have also been placed on board the cargo to aid in food experiments. Astronauts are also expected to test how fires spread in zero gravity by throwing fire into the Cygnus spaceship. The cowpeas are part of a space-food development trial that aims to find means of growing food in space

NASA’s managing director in charge of the International Space Station Integration Office, Ven Feng, said that the spaceship would also carry some fresh produce, sweets and for the first time preserved cheeses for space-based astronauts. Orbital Sciences centred in Virginia maintains NASA’s $1.9 billion agreement to provide eight unmanaged supplies of its Antares and Cygnus carrying ferry payloads to the International Space Station.

The LADEE is the first lunar campaign of the United States to be shipped outside of Florida. However, as per the NASA news publication, its deviation from the Wallops launch pad mandated several improvements at that time. Such alterations include the Building U-40 that received a transformation into some launch control hub. This is partly because it was used several years ago for that very same purpose. The fuelling factory for space shuttle V55 also saw conversion to a clean area fully prepared for launch to send LADEE out. NASA has many launches planned. However, we can only wait to see as they shape out

By Mark Wood

Mark served in the Marine Corps as a Lance corporal before retiring to spend time with his wife and young son. Today, he works part-time in construction and has numerous hobbies that keep him active. He founded Cole of Duty to write about military news around the world. He loves to discuss politics and the US budget, often debating with his wife and coworkers about who ought to be elected in 2020.

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