Cygnus docking with Space Station delayed for about a week due to a software error

Orbital’s Cygnus spacecraft was into the final leg of berthing with the International Space Station (ISS) on Sunday morning, prior to a discrepancy relating to the way the ISS and Cygnus determine GPS data. The fascinating issue can be fixed via an update to Cygnus’ software, allowing for a second rendezvous and berthing attempt no earlier than Saturday.

The next attempt – per a call to the ISS crew – will not take place before Saturday, so as to avoid conflicting with the arrival of the next Soyuz vehicle.

“The earliest possible date for the next Cygnus approach and rendezvous with the ISS would be Saturday, September 28. An exact schedule will be determined following the successful completion of Soyuz operations.”

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