Cygnus spacecraft leaves ISS

(29 Jun 2021) Northrop Grumman Corporation announced that its Cygnus spacecraft left the International Space Station to begin the next phase of the NG-15 mission. Carrying more than 8,000 pounds of disposable cargo, Cygnus will remain in orbit for approximately three days to carry out the secondary phase of the mission.

The S.S. Katherine Johnson will now deploy five CubeSats via two separate CubeSat deployers, Slingshot and Nanoracks. This Cubesat deployment includes Dhabisat, the second CubeSat developed by Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Dhabisat was developed as part of Khalifa's Space Systems and Technology Concentration, a joint programme developed in collaboration with UAE-based satellite operator Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat) and Northrop Grumman.

The NG-15 Cygnus spacecraft was launched on 20 February aboard Northrop Grumman's Antares rocket, carrying nearly 3,600 kg of scientific research, supplies and equipment to the astronauts living on the station. The vehicle has been berthed with the orbiting laboratory since 22 February.

Reference: Northrop Grumman PR

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