by Staff Writers
Centennial CO (SPX) Aug 14, 2015
United Launch Alliance (ULA) will launch a second Cygnus cargo mission to the International Space Station (ISS) under a contract with Orbital ATK to support NASA's Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) program. The first ULA Atlas launch of a Cygnus cargo mission, OA-4, is set to lift off in early December 2015.
"We look forward to working with our outstanding mission partners on this second cargo mission," said Tory Bruno, ULA president and CEO. "Our reliable Atlas V offers the performance needed for our customer's Cygnus spacecraft to carry the maximum cargo load to service the space station - 3,500 kg of pressurized cargo."
The second cargo mission is scheduled to launch in 2016 aboard an Atlas V 401 configuration vehicle from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
"Our team and our partners are devoting maximum efforts to ensuring the success of NASA's ISS commercial cargo program," said David W. Thompson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Orbital ATK. "We are committed to meeting all CRS mission requirements, and we are prepared to continue to supply the Space Station."
ULA's Atlas V launch vehicle has launched 55 times with 100 percent mission success. Atlas continues to be the cost-effective, proven choice for commercial and government customers to deliver vital payloads to orbit.
With more than a century of combined heritage, United Launch Alliance is the nation's most experienced and reliable launch service provider. ULA has successfully delivered more than 95 satellites to orbit that provide critical capabilities for troops in the field, aid meteorologists in tracking severe weather, enable GPS navigation and unlock the mysteries of our solar system.
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