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Cygnus  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 29 September 2013
Maiden Flight: 18 September 2013
Total Production: ?
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Orbital ATK* and Thales Alenia Space   (*) lead contractor
Parent System: Cygnus
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 29 September 2013
Maiden Flight: 18 September 2013
Total Production: ?
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Description: The Orbital Sciences Corporation Cygnus is an unmanned spacecraft designed to deliver cargo and logistics to the International Space Station (ISS) developed under NASA's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program started in 2008. Cygnus consists of a common Service Module (SM) and a Pressurized Cargo Module (PCM). The SM incorporates avionics, power, propulsion and communications systems already successfully flown aboard dozens of Orbital's satellites. The PCM, designed and built by Thales Alenia Space, is based on the Multi-Purpose Logistics Module (MPLM) previously used with the Space Shuttle. The first mission of Cygnus was completed on September 29, 2013, docking with the ISS ten days after the spacecraft launch by Orbital's Antares rocket. The spacecraft carried a payload of 700 kg.

With a full load of cargo and fuel, the standard-configuration Cygnus cargo logistics spacecraft weighs about 5,200 kg at launch and generates 3.5 kw of electrical power while in orbit. It is capable of extended-duration missions of a year or longer in space. Cygnus has a total cargo up-mass capacity of 2,000 kg in its standard configuration, expanding to 2,700 kg in its enhanced design for later missions.

Cygnus Specifications

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Time
Mission Endurance: 1 year (365 day)
Weight
Max Takeoff Weight: 5,200 kilogram (11,464 pound)
Payload: 2,000 kilogram (4,409 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Cygnus News

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on 29 Sep 2013
Sunday, September 29, 2013Cygnus Cargo Logistics Spacecraft Successfully Berths with International Space Station

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