Come along with the Talking Space Team to NASA’s Kennedy Space as we bring to you the sights and sounds leading up to the return to flight of Orbital ATK’s Cygnus Cargo spacecraft (named after pioneering Astronaut Donald K. Slayton) and the resumption of ISS logistics delivery from US Soil. In this special expanded show, we discuss the mission , designated OA4, the Cygnus itself and just why we are launching this cargo ship from Florida and not its usual home port of Wallops Island, Virginia. Also why we are flying on United Launch Alliance’sAtlasV and not OrbitalATK'sAntares booster. With wind measurements playing a huge factor in this launch (wind delayed in the launch three times) Mark Ratterman takes us on a tour of a key instrument, NASA’s Doppler Radar Wind Profiler. Once fully commissioned the system will serve as another device to make sure the “highway to space” is safe for launch vehicles leaving KSC. We spend some time with Mr. Frank DeMauro, OrbitalATK’s Vice President of Human Spaceflight Systems to discuss his career and his role in supporting this return to flight mission.
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