Orbital ATK all set to launch cargo ship to space station

Orbital ATK all set to launch cargo ship to space station

Orbital ATK’s Atlas V rocket carrying an unmanned Cygnus cargo ship is all set to blast off from a NASA launch pad for delivering food and supplies for the astronauts living aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

The Cygnus cargo ship carrying Atlas V rocket is poised to be launched during a thirty-minute launch window starting at 11:11 a.m. (1511 GMT) from a launch pad in Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Tuesday.

President Frank Culbertson, of Orbital ATK’s Space Systems Group, said, “As we count down to launch, we are proud and humbled to name the OA-7 Cygnus spacecraft in honor of John Glenn. The S.S. John Glenn is dedicated to his legacy as a lifelong pioneer of human spaceflight who paved the way for America's space program.”

It is going to be Orbital ATK’s seventh mission to space as part of its $1.9 billion contract with government-run space agency NASA to transport supplies to the ISS.

Loaded with 7,626 pounds of food, hardware and experiment equipment, the cargo ship is expected to arrive at the orbiting outpost on 22nd of April, after the scheduled docking of a Russian Soyuz spaceship on Thursday.