[amsat-bb] Cygnus Docking Delayed 48 Hours

Clint Bradford clintbrad4d at earthlink.net
Sun Sep 22 09:46:48 PDT 2013

Cygnus Rendezvous Delayed 48 Hours
Sept 22, 2013

Orbital Sciences has confirmed Sunday morning, around 1:30 a.m. EDT, its Cygnus spacecraft established direct data contact with the International Space Station (ISS) and found that some of the data received had values that it did not expect, causing Cygnus to reject the data. This mandated an interruption of the approach sequence. Orbital has subsequently found the causes of this discrepancy and is developing a software fix. The minimum turnaround time to resume the approach to the ISS following an interruption such as this is approximately 48 hours due to orbital mechanics of the approach trajectory.


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