Crane Converters and EMI Filters Head to the International Space Station Aboard the Cygnus Spacecraft
On Dec. 6, the Cygnus spacecraft successfully launched from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket. A partnership between Orbital ATK and ULA in support of NASA, Cygnus’s mission is to bring crew supplies, vehicle hardware, spacewalk equipment, and research equipment to the International Space Station (ISS).
The International Space Station is a microgravity laboratory that hosts six astronauts at a time. It is managed and run by the space agencies of the United States, Canada, Europe, Russia and Japan. Crewmembers conduct research in many disciplines to advance scientific knowledge in earth, space, physical and biological sciences.
The unmanned Cygnus spacecraft carried a 7,700-pound payload of equipment and supplies to the astronauts. According to NASA, this delivery helps support “significant research being conducted off the Earth to benefit the Earth, including investigations in advanced and automated data collection and in the behavior of gases, liquids and burning textiles in microgravity.”
Crane supplies Interpoint® dc-dc converters and EMI filters for the Cygnus program. Space programs have very demanding performance requirements, due to the harsh environment. Crane’s space-qualified power products stand up to these tough conditions to deliver reliable, high-quality performance that customers like Orbital ATK can rely on.
The Cygnus launch is a part of a trio of launches to the ISS slated for December. On Dec. 15, Expedition 46 is planned to launch from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan to deliver three new astronauts from England, Russia and the United States to the ISS. The final planned December launch is the Progress 62P Cargo Craft, which will bring more supplies and fuel to the station.
We congratulate NASA, Orbital ATK and United Launch Alliance on the successful launch of Cygnus, and are proud to provide our dc-dc converters and EMI filters to help support the ISS and its crew.