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Author Topic: NG Innovation Systems aims for one year or more on-orbit Cygnus lifetime  (Read 430 times)

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That anticipated ability for Cygnus to remain on orbit for a full calendar year or more is a striking increase in the crafts capability from its CRS1 contract variant to the improved versions that will fly the CRS2 contract beginning next year with current Cygnus vehicles able to remain on orbit for about 90 days.

During this extended on-orbit lifetime, Cygnus would provide commercial and government customers the ability to perform science experiments not permissible on the ISS, demonstrate technical capabilities, mature those same capabilities, and fly a payload like SAFFIRE and downlink that data to Earth.