Loudoun-Manufactured Module Docks With ISS

By April 27, 2017November 9th, 2018Blog, Aerospace & Defense, Featured

Brian Tinsman
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Nearly four tons of food and scientific experiments were delivered to the International Space Station earlier this week aboard a service module that was manufactured in Loudoun County.

Northrop Grumman (formerly Orbital ATK), with offices in Dulles, Va., launched the S.S. John Glenn Cygnus rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on April 18. This is the company’s seventh trip to the ISS, and the spacecraft will remain docked with the station for three months.

The module and spacecraft will provide space for the astronauts to conduct the SAFFIRE-3 space combustion experiment to study flame development in space. The spacecraft is expected to leave the station in July, loaded with thousands of pounds of trash for a destructive re-entry into the atmosphere.

The Northrop Grumman spacecraft is also armed with the Reentry Data Collection flight recorder to provide data about the extreme conditions a spacecraft encounters during atmospheric reentry. This test will provide new insight to engineers designing vehicles to survive or intentionally be destroyed.

Congratulations to Northrop Grumman on another successful mission. To discuss why Loudoun would be a good fit for your aerospace company, please email Rick Morris, or call 1-800-LOUDOUN.