DEC 06, 2015 9:50 PM PST

ISS to Get Supplies Via Successful Resupply Rocket Launch

WRITTEN BY: Anthony Bouchard

The International Space Station is about to get much-needed supplies – 7,400-7,700 pounds of food, science experiments, space equipment, and other necessities to keep astronauts alive and busy in space.
 
After a successful launch of Orbital ATK’s Cygnus resupply spacecraft on Sunday, December 6th at 4:44:56 P.M. Eastern time, which was already three days late from its original planned launch due to blustery weather conditions in the Cape Canaveral, Florida area, the International Space Station is estimated to receive its supplies via the attached resupply capsule by this Wednesday.

The International Space Station's supply rocket blasted off successfully on December.

Among some of the experiments are supplies for testing the effects of gasses, liquids, and burning textiles in micro-gravitational situations.
 
The successful launch marks an important milestone for the United States, which has had some not-so-lucky attempts to resupply the International Space Station in the past, such as with SpaceX’s Falcon 9 spacecraft exploding shortly after take-off, and another failed rocket launch in the previous year. It’s the United States’ first time resupplying the International Space Station since April.
 
The successful launch also shows that the United States is still capable of supplying the International Space Station despite its reliance on commercial companies, and that it’s not always going to have to rely on other nations, such as Russia, to supply astronauts in space.
 
"The Orbital ATK and United Launch Alliance teams quickly learned more during this launch campaign about tailoring the Atlas booster flight path so that our team and NASA can capitalize on the increased capacity of the enhanced Cygnus and the lifting power of the Atlas V to deliver large quantities of vital goods to the space station.  The crew members need these critical supplies from Earth to do their important work, and we intend to do everything possible to enable their mission to continue," said Frank Culbertson, president of Orbital ATK's Space Systems Group and a former astronaut.
 
It was a close one. The International Space Station wasn’t exactly empty just yet, but with only four months of food and supplies left on board prior to the launch, the latest resupply launch will get resources back to a comfortable level. This is a big deal considering there are currently six astronauts and cosmonauts above the International Space Station today.

You can watch the successful launch below:
 


With NASA teaming up with American commercial space companies, and the companies racing to earn NASA's trust with contracts for future missions, this is a chalk on the tally board for Orbital ATK.

Source: NASA

About the Author
  • Fascinated by scientific discoveries and media, Anthony found his way here at LabRoots, where he would be able to dabble in the two. Anthony is a technology junkie that has vast experience in computer systems and automobile mechanics, as opposite as those sound.
You May Also Like
MAY 16, 2021
Space & Astronomy
Measuring the Natural Illumination in the Night Sky
MAY 16, 2021
Measuring the Natural Illumination in the Night Sky
It may get dark at night, but there's still light in the sky in even the darkest places. This low glow comes from natura ...
MAY 30, 2021
Space & Astronomy
New Discovery Casts Origin of Milky Way into Doubt
MAY 30, 2021
New Discovery Casts Origin of Milky Way into Doubt
A detailed cross-section of another galaxy, known as YGC 10738, has cast previous ideas of how the Milky Way was formed ...
JUN 08, 2021
Space & Astronomy
Astrophysicists Discover Origins of First Structures in Milky Way
JUN 08, 2021
Astrophysicists Discover Origins of First Structures in Milky Way
A team of scientists led by the Centre for Astrobiology have discovered that the bulges we see in disc galaxies formed i ...
SEP 06, 2021
Chemistry & Physics
NASA's James Webb Space Telescope is Ready for Space!
SEP 06, 2021
NASA's James Webb Space Telescope is Ready for Space!
With a long set of rigorous tests behind it, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), NASA’s next major space telesc ...
OCT 13, 2021
Space & Astronomy
NASA Plans to Bring Mars Rocks Back to Earth
OCT 13, 2021
NASA Plans to Bring Mars Rocks Back to Earth
In continuing the time-honored tradition of celestial rock collecting, NASA’s Perseverance rover has collected a s ...
NOV 09, 2021
Space & Astronomy
10 Facts You May Not Know About Carl Sagan
NOV 09, 2021
10 Facts You May Not Know About Carl Sagan
Carl Sagan was born November 9, 1934, 87 years ago today. He would go on to become one of the most influential voices in ...
Loading Comments...