TYSONS CORNER, VA, May 20, 2016 âÂ Frank Culbertson, president of Orbital ATK‘s (NYSE: OA)Â space systems group, hasÂ indicated that the company seeksÂ to use the Cygnus spacecraft as the model for a manned habitat in cislunar space, ExecutiveBiz reported Thursday.
The company said WednesdayÂ Culbertson, who is also an inductee into Executive Mosaic‘s Wash100 for 2016, told aÂ House panel that Cygnus can be utilized as a lunar-orbit outpost for NASA space crews by 2020.
“The experience gained in the cislunar proving ground will lead directly to longer mission durations in deep space and eventually enable a manned mission to Mars, ” Culbertson said in his testimony.
“[In] order to increase stay times in cislunar space and accommodate a range of technology demonstrations and scientific experiments, additional habitation space and consumables are necessary.”
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