OA-7 Launch: Cargo Resupply Trip to the ISS

On April 18, 2017 at 11:11 am EDT, Orbital ATK’s Cygnus spacecraft launched on a ULA Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral bound for the International Space Station. The module carried more than 7,600 pounds of crew supplies and scientific equipment including four Polar units that were prepared for launch at UAB EITD. This is the most Polar units launched at one time and the first launch for Polar unit serial number 015. Additionally, this is the first powered Orbital flight where the Polar units have been powered and in use since the beginning of March.

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SpaceX CRS-10 Resupply Mission to the ISS

On February 19, 2017 at 9:39:00 am ET, SpaceX CRS-10, a cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS), lifted off from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center. SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket, carrying the Dragon spacecraft, is to deliver approximately 5,500 lbs, including 1 Glacier unit, 2 Polar units, and 1 MERLIN unit that were prepared for launch at UAB EITD. After docking, there will be a total of 12 units from UAB on orbit (5 Glaciers, 3 Polars, and 4 MERLINS). Over the next month the crew members will unpack the new cargo and reload it to return to Earth. The cargo returning to Earth at the end of March after undocking includes 1 Glacier unit, 3 Polar units, and 1 MERLIN unit.

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