Cygnus completes mission to ISS

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Cygnus has successfully completed its cargo mission to ISS, burning up upon re-entry on Sunday.

The story includes images of the re-entry taken by astronauts on ISS.


One comment

  • Edward

    It is noteworthy that Cygnus and Dragon are taking the role of the now discontinued European ATV (the current flight being the last). After several companies competed with each other during the COTS portion of the program, these two companies won the Commercial Resupply Services contracts.

    The ATV program took about 55,000 lbs to the ISS and cost $5 billion. During their CRS contract periods, Cygnus can take about 16,000 lbs (2,000 lbs per flight) for a cost of $2 billion, and Dragon can take 84,000 lbs (7,000 lbs per flight) for a cost of $1.6 billion (or $2 billion, if you choose to include development costs).

    It looks like the commercial companies, which are new to this type of business, are already performing about as well as the older government agencies. Ain’t competition a nice thing?

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