The Spacecraft Fire Experiment-II (Saffire-II) was the second in a series of tests to study the behavior of large-scale fires in microgravity. Results from Saffire experiments lead to technologies and materials that will make deep space exploration spacecraft safer for astronauts; a critical factor as NASA prepares for long-duration missions on its journey to Mars.Orbital ATK successfully sent the command from the ground to initiate the Saffire-II experiment. The command intentionally ignited nine different experimental material samples inside the Cygnus pressurized cargo module which grew and eventually burned out. The experiment, designed by NASA's Glenn Research Center and funded by NASA's Advanced Exploration Systems Division, executed as intended. NASA's Glenn Research Center is currently evaluating all data and imagery gathered from the test. Following the Saffire-II experiment, Cygnus used a NanoRacks CubeSat deployer to launch four CubeSats into orbit. The spacecraft boosted its altitude to a record 500 kilometers before releasing the satellites into orbit. The altitude boost will increase the on-orbit lifespan of the satellites from about nine months in a typical International Space Station deployment to at least two years. Now in their intended positions, the satellites will help enhance weather forecasting capabilities. Preparations are underway for the company's next mission under NASA's Commercial Resupply Services-1 (CRS-1) contract. OA-7 is targeted to launch in the spring of 2017. Under the CRS-1 contract with NASA, Orbital ATK will deliver approximately 66,000 pounds (30,000 kilograms) of cargo to the International Space Station through 2018. Beginning in 2019, Orbital ATK will carry out a minimum of six initial cargo missions under NASA's CRS-2 contract. About Orbital ATK Orbital ATK is a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies. The company designs, builds and delivers space, defense and aviation systems for customers around the world, both as a prime contractor and merchant supplier. Its main products include launch vehicles and related propulsion systems; missile products, subsystems and defense electronics; precision weapons, armament systems and ammunition; satellites and associated space components and services; and advanced aerospace structures. Headquartered in Dulles, Virginia, Orbital ATK employs approximately 12,000 people in 18 states across the U.S. and in several international locations. For more information, visit www.orbitalatk.com.