TITUSVILLE, FLORIDA – September 13, 2013 – Command and Control Technologies Corporation has completed final preparations to configure the launch pad control system for Orbital Sciences’ second Antares flight slated for launch from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on September 17.
Under contract to the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority, CCT designed and implemented the pad control system for pad 0A used in the Antares maiden flight earlier this year. This system automates critical ground support equipment that loads propellants, monitors Antares environmental conditions, and controls other functions critical to ground operations. Based on CCT’s commercial Command and Control Toolkit™ and T-Zero™ software, the system demonstrates use of off the shelf products to provide a highly reliable mission critical control system to automate launch operations. Orbital Sciences also adapted the Command and Control Toolkit™ software to build components of the Antares launch control system for the Dulles, Virginia-based Mission Control Complex.
“This second launch of Antares is a critical demonstration flight transporting cargo to the International Space Station,” said Peter Simons, CCT President. “Our systems are once again ready to go.”
The flight is the final Antares/Cygnus demonstration mission for NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services program.