Cygnus Departs Successfully Into Space For Its Second Mission
The Northrop Grumman Cygnus cargo spacecraft had entered into the orbit over months. This cargo vehicle was successfully launched from the International Space Station (ISS) for its second mission that is studying space. According to NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Nick Hague, the space station had its Canadarm2 robotic arm put to function so as to propel the spacecraft into space. Cygnus had reached the space station on April 17, 2019. The spacecraft, also known as the S.S. Roger Chaffee, carried around 3,442 Kg of supplies that were necessary for the science experiments and the crew. The spacecraft ferried two Astrobee robots and one out of the two has already started assisting the astronauts on board.
The cargo vessels generally carry the trash from the space station and take it up to the release position. In this case, Cygnus will neither burn up nor just float into space, but instead, will start its special secondary mission. The moment Cygnus reaches a safe distance from ISS, it will start releasing small CubeSat satellites with the help of NanoRacks and Satellite, Extraterrestrial Operations & Procedures (SEOPS.) After a month, the Seeker Robotic External CubeSat Inspection Vehicle built by NASA will drift toward Cygnus and capture the vital photos that will be later stored in the receiver of Cygnus.
On its second mission, the spacecraft will use its Control Moment Gyroscope attitude control system so as to rotate the spacecraft and practice operations for the UbiquitiLink supplies. The time the second mission is completed, Cygnus will burn up in the outermost atmosphere of Earth. Similarly, Russia had its cargo vehicle Progress MS-12 aboard Soyuz-2.1a carrier rocket launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome to the ISS. The cargo vessel will be carrying 2 Tons of dry loads, 50 Kilograms of compressed gas, approximately a ton of fuel, 420 Kilograms of water, and food such as standard food sets, apples, lemons, kompot, grapefruits, horseradish, mustard, a stewed fruits drink, meat, cottage, pearl barley, cheese, ryazhenka, nuts, and a fermented milk product.