Cygnus freighter's ISS-boosting engine burn ends early

Cygnus freighter’s ISS-boosting engine burn ends early

A planned reboost maneuver of the International Space Station ended after just 5 seconds for reasons currently unknown.

Cargo ships docked at the International Space Station regularly fire their thrusters in short bursts to keep the orbiting laboratory at its cruising altitude. Typically, these vehicles are Russian Progress capsules, but on Monday (June 20), a Northrop Grumman Cygnus vehicle was scheduled to complete a five-minute burn to evaluate whether the capsule is ready to take this duty on regularly.

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