Cygnus space truck failed to orbit the ISS

(ORDO NEWS) — Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus NG CRS-17 engine was scheduled to fire for 5 minutes and 1 second to test the cargo ship’s ability to orbit the International Space Station in the future.

Engine start was aborted after five seconds. The flight director for the Cygnus mission in Dulles, Va., said the cause of the engine shutdown was being investigated.

NASA controllers and Northrop Grumman are reviewing the data from today’s attempt and will develop a plan for the next steps needed to continue developing this enhanced capability as a standard service for NASA.

The crew of Expedition 67, who were not in any danger, continue their usual work on board the station, which is in orbit at an altitude of about 420 kilometers above the Earth.

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