Orbital Sciences developed CygnusTM Spacecraft which uses IHI Aerospace’s Delta-Velocity Engine as its main engine successfully berthed to the International Space Station
IHI Aerospace Co., Ltd (IA, headquartered at Toyosu Koto-ku, Tokyo, President: Shigeki Kinai), announced that the CygnusTM advanced maneuvering spacecraft developed by Orbital Sciences Corporation (Orbital) (NYSE: ORB), which uses IA’s Delta-Velocity Engine as its main propulsion system, successfully berthed to the International Space Station (ISS) on September 29. The Delta-Velocity Engine demonstrated its cutting edge capability to maneuver the CygnusTM spacecraft to achieve the successful berthing.
Orbital’s Cygnus spacecraft was developed with NASA under the Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) shared research and development agreement that began in early 2008. For a series of eight operational cargo resupply missions to the ISS, Orbital was awarded a long-term contract under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services (CRS), in late 2008.
“This is an historic milestone for our spacecraft propulsion business and we are extremely happy to have played an important role in the mission’s success. It is a privilege for us to have a supporting role in maintaining the International Space Station development with our state of the art engines,” remarked Naoki Matsuda, IA’s Program Manager.
500N Delta-Velocity Engines, which were developed by IA, have the top-level performance of [Isp – Specific Impulse] in the world. IA has numerous flight experiences with JAXA-developed satellites and has exported its products to overseas satellite manufacturers such as Orbital. IA has verified the high performance and reliability of its products through consecutive successes. IA will continue its effort to become the leading supplier of high performance, highly reliable spacecraft propulsion products.
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