NASA Extends Media Credentials Deadlines for Commercial Cargo Mission

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  March 03, 2016 
NASA Extends Media Credentials Deadlines for Commercial Cargo Mission

Inside the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, engineers and technicians install a NanoRack on a Cygnus cargo spacecraft. The Cygnus will be launched to the International Space Station on the upcoming Orbital ATK Commercial Resupply Services-6 mission, delivering hardware and supplies to the orbiting outpost. A NanoRack is a low-cost research platform for payloads on the U.S. National Laboratory of the space station. Based on CubeSats, the standardized mini-labs allow low cost use by researchers and commercial customers, as well as students.

Credits: NASA/Ben Smegelsky

NASA has extended media accreditation deadlines for the next launch of a commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station, now targeted for Tuesday, March 22, during a 30-minute launch window that opens at approximately 11 p.m. EDT.

Orbital ATK’s Cygnus spacecraft will launch on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) in Florida. The spacecraft will carry crew supplies and hardware to the orbital laboratory to support the Expedition 47 and 48 crews.

Media prelaunch and launch activities will take place at CCAFS and at nearby NASA Kennedy Space Center. The deadline to apply for media access to CCAFS is 5 p.m. Monday, March 14 for U.S. citizens. International media access to CCAFS is closed. The deadline to apply for media access to Kennedy is 5 p.m., March 8 for non-citizens and 5 p.m. March 14 for U.S. citizens. International media are required to upload a scanned copy of their visa and passport or green card when submitting their online accreditation request.

All media accreditation requests must be submitted online at:

All media representatives must present two forms of unexpired legal, government identification to access Kennedy. One form must include a photo, such as a passport or driver’s license. Questions about accreditation should be directed to Jennifer Horner at or 321-867-6598. For other questions or additional information, contact the Kennedy newsroom at 321-867-2468.

This launch is the fifth contracted mission by Orbital ATK under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services contract and will be followed later this year by an Orbital ATK resupply mission launching from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia.

For launch countdown coverage, NASA’s launch blog, and more information about the mission, visit:


Kathryn Hambleton
Headquarters, Washington

Tracy Young
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

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