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Launch of Atlas V 401 with payload OA-4
Video courtesy of NASA
Launch scheduled for 3 Dec 15 23:03:00 GMT
Local Time : 3 Dec 15 18:03:00 EST
A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket with a Cygnus ISS resupply spacecraft will launch from Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on December 3rd.
The Atlas V rocket will fly in the 401 configuration with a single booster, no solid rocket motors, a 4 metre payload fairing and a single Centaur upper stage.
The mission will be the first flight of the enhanced variant of Orbital ATK’s Cygnus advanced maneuvering spacecraft, capable of delivering more than 7,700 pounds of essential crew supplies, equipment and scientific experiments to the station.
Science payloads include a new life science facility that will support studies on cell cultures, bacteria, and other micro-organisms; a microsatellite deployer and the first microsatellite to be deployed from the space station; experiments that will study the behavior of gases and liquids and clarify the thermo-physical properties of molten steel; and evaluations of flame-resistant textiles.