Cygnus Orb-2 cargo craft unberths/undocks from ISS and re-enters

by | Aug 20, 2014 | International Space Station, Satellites, Seradata News | 0 comments

The Cygnus Orb-2 spacecraft, a disposable unmanned freighter operated by Orbital Sciences Corporation for NASA, was unberthed/undocked from the International Space Station (ISS) at 0914 GMT on 15 August 2014.   Aboard the spacecraft was trash/rubbish and unwanted items placed in the capsule by the crew of the ISS.  The spacecraft was pulled clear of the ISS by the station’s robot arm and then released to float away in orbit.  A commanded re-entry plunged the Cygnus Orb-2 spacecraft into the Earth’s atmosphere with re-entry occurring at 1315 on 17 August 2014.

The re-entry was imaged by astronauts on board the ISS.  Surviving debris fell into the Pacfic Ocean near New Zealand.  The spacecraft was originally launched into orbit by an Antares launch vehicle on 13 July 2014.

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