Robotics Controllers Install Cygnus Resupply Ship on Station

May 24, 2018: International Space Station Configuration
May 24, 2018: International Space Station Configuration. Four spaceships are attached to the space station including the Orbital ATK Cygnus resupply ship, the Progress 69 resupply ship and the Soyuz MS-07 and MS-08 crew ships.

The Orbital ATK Cygnus cargo ship was bolted into place on the International Space Station’s Earth-facing port of the Unity module at 8:13 a.m. EDT. The spacecraft will spend about seven weeks attached to the space station before departing in July. After it leaves the station, the uncrewed spacecraft will deploy several CubeSats before its fiery re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere as it disposes of several tons of trash.

Orbital ATK’s Cygnus was launched on the company’s Antares rocket Monday, May 21, from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad 0A at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The spacecraft’s arrival brings about 7,400 pounds of research and supplies to support Expedition 55 and 56. Highlights include:

  • The Biomolecule Extraction and Sequencing Technology (BEST), an investigation to identify unknown microbial organisms on the space station and understand how humans, plants and microbes adapt to living on the station
  • The Cold Atom Laboratory, a physics research facility used by scientists to explore how atoms interact when they have almost no motion due to extreme cold temperatures
  • A unique liquid separation system from Zaiput Flow Technologies that relies on surface forces, rather than gravity, to extract one liquid from another
  • The Ice Cubes Facility, the first commercial European opportunity to conduct research in space, made possible through an agreement with ESA (European Space Agency) and Space Applications Services.
  • The Microgravity Investigation of Cement Solidification (MICS) experiment is to investigate and understand the complex process of cement solidification in microgravity with the intent of improving Earth-based cement and concrete processing and as the first steps toward making and using concrete on extraterrestrial bodies.
  • Three Earth science CubeSats
    • RainCube (Radar in a CubeSat) will be NASA’s first active sensing instrument on a CubeSat that could enable future rainfall profiling missions on low-cost, quick-turnaround platforms.
    • TEMPEST-D (Temporal Experiment for Storms and Tropical Systems Demonstration) is mission to validate technology that could improve our understanding of cloud processes.
    • CubeRRT (CubeSat Radiometer Radio Frequency Interference Technology) will seek to demonstrate a new technology that can identify and filter radio frequency interference, which is a growing problem that negatively affects the data quality collected by radiometers, instruments used in space for critical weather data and climate studies.

For more information about newly arrived science investigations aboard the Cygnus, visit:

9 thoughts on “Robotics Controllers Install Cygnus Resupply Ship on Station”

  1. We need some ice for the 2018 Memorial Day holiday, please don’t forget to bring back some ice. I am proud of you astronauts and pleased too, congratulations on your steady work, I’m praying for you too. I have been watching for the iss from Michigan, USA. I tell people about you.

      1. I’m very sorry for that joke “fake news”. It was just a try for joke, nothing more!! Actually I would like to know if any sextant was really delivered by Cygnus to ISS or not. NASA previously informed about it but in your “information above” is no mention about it. Thank you for your answer. 🙂

        1. You’re welcome. The payload investigator has also sent us this reply… “You bet Michal, the sextant really was delivered to ISS aboard Cygnus OA-9. Our team is hard at work preparing for a great experiment with some hardware steeped in history!”

          1. Thanks a lot Mark (and payload investigator) for positive answer. I’m looking forward to the results of that experiment eagerly.

  2. New Horizons in The Quantum Fields.

    Howdy ISS,

    This is in the references to your post at 17 may 2018 in respect to The Coolest Spot in the Universe Laser and Magnetic traps Slaw atoms down until they are almost motionless.

    I would kindly to draw you attention for a several points of the experiment of The Cold Atom Laboratory (CAL) for a multi-user facility designed to study ultra-cold quantum gases in the microgravity environment of the International Space Station (ISS).

    During Inside The Cold Atom Lab (CAL) uses lasers and magnetic forces to freeze atoms that are ten BILLION times colder than deep space and in the zero gravity while atoms hold their wave like forms longer as a Free fall:

    1-      The Atomic Gravity Fields will be activate [ Where on Earth`s Gravity Field all The Gravity Fields of all material objects been cancel due to the combination with The Gravity Fields to compose  the total Gravity field of The Earth ], therefore During Inside CAL ULTRA-COLD ATOMS and in the zero gravity while atoms hold their wave like forms as a Freefall The Atoms of the experiment will attract with each other the same way of the attraction of a small material on the earth as a Van der Waals force. Remember The Light Diffraction Phenomenon occurs even on Earth`s Gravity zone, while it depends on The Atomic Gravity Fields when light passes a nearby these Materials which have the influences to bend the path of Photons of The Electromagnetic waves.

    2-      In order to understand The quantum phenomena’s it is strongly recommended to measure practically in The Physics Labs to recognize The Value of The Magnetic Field Force of The Electron and also for The Positron and the depth of their Active Magnetic Fields in The Spaces around them, because the effects of these a Magnetic Forces determining The Size of Atoms and their Chemical and Physical Characteristics, While these Characteristics differs of each other due to the different of a value of the total active Magnetic Fields either of The Electron or The Positron, either the Attraction Force between Electron and The Protons of The Nucleus of atoms or The Repulsion Forces among The Electron While they form  Electrons Orbit of The Atoms and also The Attraction Force between Electrons in The Atomic Orbits With The Protons While Positrons Grant their Magnetic Fields Characteristics to The Protons of The Nucleus of Atoms (Which represent The Nuclear Magnetic Resonance).

    The a different Values of the Attraction and Repulsion that may be different among atoms of The Atomic Table changing The Size of Atoms and their Chemical and Physical Characteristics.

    Therefore determining these values may help us to better understand Quantum and to produce Materials with a specific Characteristics required to our application.

    It is a great experiment and may open a new horizons in the Quantum fields.

    Important Note: The recent planned experiments which should be done on The Board of The International Space Station The Cold Atom Laboratory (CAL)  should be achieved a several times at a different values of Temperature, because at a very low values of Temperature The Nuclear Magnetic Resonance will occur which may also have The Influences upon the atoms of The Expirment Materials as a Repulsion Force among these Materials, therefore the case of this expirment is variable due to the value of the Atomic Gravity Fields ( Attraction Force Among These Materials) which may appear obviously at The Zero Gravity Environment and The Nuclear Magnetic Resonance which may push these Materials away of each other.

    Good Luck.

  3. If NASA or any other Earthy entity intends to send a self sustainable mission to the moon or mars, and are training these technologies on the space station, and routinely use supply ships to take “tons” of garbage to burn up into the atmosphere upon reentry on each disposable cargo craft from near Earth orbit,
    is a good model? We are nowhere close to going far beyond the umbilical of Earth.
    Tons? Each disposable craft? No way can such economy sustain a mission to Mars.
    I am in full support of all space efforts, but with such waste, we are not ready, unless the recycle loop is closed. It seems not, yet. But, we learn much, must learn more, and if we over reach, could doom our goals by failure. Can’t waste in space.

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