Northrop Grumman orders two extra Cygnus from Thales

Northrop Grumman orders two extra Cygnus from Thales

Northrop Grumman orders two extra Cygnus from Thales

Cygnus on the ISS. Picture: NASA

Paris, 23 February 2021. – Two extra: Northrop Grumman has ordered two extra Cygnus cargo modules from Thales Alenia House, the three way partnership between Thales and Leonardo stated in Turin yesterday.

Thales will ship pressurized cargo modules for the 18th and nineteenth Cygnus cargo mission, the corporate stated, a contract extension that “reaffirms the longstanding collaboration between the 2 firms”.

Cygnus contains two parts: a Service Module, constructed by Northrop Grumman, and an enhanced Pressurized Cargo Module (PCM), constructed by Thales Alenia House. The primary contract between the 2 in 2009 was for the supply of 9 modules, whereas the second contract in 2016 noticed an extra 9 modules.

Because the finish of 2015, the improved Cygnus configuration encompasses a extra environment friendly design, in a position to accommodate extra payload quantity and weight (over 3,5 tons). Fifteen cargo modules plus a demo have been launched up to now, 4 within the authentic model and eleven within the enhanced model.

The fifteenth mission to ship provides to the Worldwide House Station (ISS), launched by an Antares rocket from the Wallops Island, Virginia, on 20 February, arrived yesterday on the ISS, bringing 8,000 kilos of analysis {hardware} and provides.

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