Start of the space truck Cygnus

Start of the space truck Cygnus

May 23, 2018

Usually we observe the launch of our Soyuz spacecraft, today we will look at the launch of the American ship.

NASA Space Agency, in conjunction with Orbital ATK, successfully launched the Antares launch vehicle with the latest Russian RD-181 engines. The rocket sent into space the space truck "Swan" (Eng. Cygnus), which must deliver more than 3 tons of cargo to the ISS.

Let's see beautiful pictures from the start.

The first stage - the removal of the rocket to the launch pad on the island of Wallops (Virginia) in the Atlantic Ocean, May 17, 2018. We will understand and draw. (Photo by NASA | Aubrey Gemignani):

 

Start of the space truck Cygnus

2. If our rockets are carried to the launch site by rail, but the Americans deliver Antares by regular road. (Photo by NASA | Aubrey Gemignani):

Start of the space truck Cygnus

3. Russian engines RD-181 designed and manufactured by NPO Energomash. This is a single-chamber liquid-propellant rocket engine with a vertically located turbopump assembly. The contract for the supply of engines RD-181 company Orbital ATK was signed in December 2014. (Photo by NASA | Aubrey Gemignani):

Start of the space truck Cygnus

4. The design of the ship does not provide for the return of cargo to Earth,therefore, after undocking from the ISS and information from orbit, the Cygnus cargo ship with recyclable debris from the ISS collapses when entering the dense layers of the atmosphere. Antares is also a one-time launch vehicle. (Photo by NASA | Aubrey Gemignani):

Start of the space truck Cygnus

5. The next stage is to lift the rocket into a vertical position on the launch site on Wallops (Virginia) in the Atlantic Ocean, May 18, 2018. (Photo by NASA | Aubrey Gemignani):

Orbital ATK CRS-9 Raising on the Pad

6. Details. (Photo by NASA | Aubrey Gemignani):

Orbital ATK CRS-9 Raising on the Pad

7. (Photo by NASA | Aubrey Gemignani):

Orbital ATK CRS-9 on the Pad

8. (Photo by NASA | Aubrey Gemignani):

Orbital ATK CRS-9 on the Pad

9. Let's go! Launch of a spaceship on the island of Wallops (Virginia) in the Atlantic Ocean, May 22, 2018. (Photo by NASA | Bill Ingalls):

Start of the space truck Cygnus

10. The Swan space truck should deliver 3.35 tons of cargo to the ISS, including materials for scientific experiments. (Photo by NASA | Bill Ingalls):

GRACE-FO Launch

11. (Photo by NASA | Bill Ingalls):

GRACE-FO Launch

12. (Photo by NASA | Bill Ingalls):

GRACE-FO Launch

13. The spacecraft will remain in orbit for about seven weeks, after which it will leave the station with waste materials. After the ship is undocked from the ISS, six small satellites will be launched from it, then it will burn in the upper layers of the Earth’s atmosphere.

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