Next Northrop Grumman Cygnus Launch Set for April 17

Launch of Antares rocket at night
The Northrop Grumman Antares rocket, with Cygnus resupply spacecraft onboard, launches from Pad-0A, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018 at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Northrop Grumman’s 10th contracted cargo resupply mission for NASA to the International Space Station will deliver about 7,400 pounds of science and research, crew supplies and vehicle hardware to the orbital laboratory and its crew. Credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky

Media accreditation is open for the launch of Northrop Grumman’s next delivery of NASA science investigations, supplies and equipment to the International Space Station on April 17.

Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus spacecraft is targeted to launch on the company’s Antares rocket at 4:46 p.m. EDT from Pad-0A of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island in Virginia.

On this mission, Northrop Grumman will use a new late load capability. Previously, all cargo had to be loaded about four days prior to launch. This new capability will allow time-sensitive science experiments to be loaded into Cygnus just 24 hours before liftoff.

CRS-10 Launch Blog Coverage Concludes

Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus spacecraft is on its way to the International Space Station with about 7,400 pounds of cargo after launching at 4:01 a.m. EST Saturday from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.

The Northrop Grumman Antares rocket, with Cygnus resupply spacecraft aboard, launched from Pad-0A, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky

The spacecraft launched on an Antares 230 Rocket from the Virginia Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport’s Pad 0A at Wallops on the company’s 10th cargo delivery flight, and is scheduled to arrive at the orbital laboratory Monday, Nov. 19. Expedition 57 astronauts Serena Auñón-Chancellor of NASA and Alexander Gerst of ESA (European Space Agency) will use the space station’s robotic arm to grapple Cygnus about 5:20 a.m. Installation coverage will begin at 4 a.m. on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

NASA’s post-launch press release

Cygnus Solar Arrays Deployed

Northrop Grumman has confirmed that the Cygnus’ two solar arrays are deployed and receiving power.

File photo of a Cygnus spacecraft with its solar arrays deployed. This Cygnus spacecraft with its cymbal-like UltraFlex solar arrays deployed was pictured departing the International Space Station Dec. 5, 2017, during Expedition 53. Credit: NASA

Arrival of the Cygnus at the space station is scheduled for Nov. 19. Cygnus carries about 7,400 pounds of crew supplies and hardware, including science and research in support of dozens of research investigations.

Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus cargo spacecraft was launched aboard the company’s Antares rocket from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia at 4:01 a.m. EST Nov. 17. The flight is Northrop Grumman’s 10th contracted cargo resupply mission for NASA to the space station.

Liftoff!

The Northrop Grumman Antares rocket, with Cygnus resupply spacecraft aboard, launches from Pad-0A, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky

Northrop Grumman’s Antares rocket carrying the Cygnus cargo spacecraft lifted off at 4:01 a.m. EST and is on its way to the International Space Station.

At about 5:45 a.m., commands will be given to deploy the spacecraft’s solar arrays.

Launch coverage will continue on NASA TV until shortly after spacecraft separation then resume at 5 a.m. for solar array deployment, which is expected to last about 30 minutes.

A post-launch news conference will follow and is scheduled to begin on NASA TV at approximately 6:30 a.m.

For more information about the International Space Station, visit www.nasa.gov/station.

Launch Commentary Begins

Countdown is proceeding toward a 4:01 a.m. EST launch window for Northrop Grumman’s Antares rocket from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.

Live coverage and commentary of the mission is now airing on NASA TV  and streaming online at nasa.gov/live.

More details: how and where to watch

Antares is carrying Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus cargo spacecraft for the company’s 10th contracted cargo resupply mission for NASA to the space station. Cygnus will carry about 7,400 pounds of crew supplies and hardware to the station, including science and research in support of dozens of research investigations.

Antares rocket at launch pad. Credit: NASA

Count Under Way for Northrop Grumman CRS-10 Launch

Countdown is proceeding toward a 4:01 a.m. EST launch window for Northrop Grumman’s Antares rocket from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.

Live coverage of the mission is now airing on Wallops video and audio Ustream sites. Launch coverage and commentary on NASA TV  and streaming online at nasa.gov/live will begin at 3:30 a.m. EST.

More details: how and where to watch

The Northrop Grumman Antares rocket, with Cygnus spacecraft aboard, is seen on Pad-0A, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky

Antares is carrying Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus cargo spacecraft for the company’s 10th contracted cargo resupply mission for NASA to the space station. Cygnus will carry about 7,400 pounds of crew supplies and hardware to the station, including science and research in support of dozens of research investigations.

Nov. 17 Launch: How and Where to Watch

NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility and Virginia’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport are set to support the launch of Northrop Grumman’s Antares rocket, carrying the company’s Cygnus cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station at 4:01 a.m. EST, Nov. 17.

The launch may be visible, weather permitting, to residents up and down the East Coast of the United States.

launch viewing map for NG-10
The launch of Northrop Grumman’s Antares rocket from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility may be visible throughout the Mid-Atlantic, depending on local conditions. Credit: NASA/Stephan Wlodarczyk

When accessed from a smartphone browser, the Wallops Mission Status Center website can provide specific viewing information based on your location. Live coverage of the mission is scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m. EST Nov. 16 on the Wallops video and audio Ustream sites.

Launch coverage and commentary on NASA TV  and streaming online at nasa.gov/live will begin at 3:30 a.m. EST Nov. 17.


NASA astronaut Kay Hire describes what it’s like to witness a rocket launch in person. This audio postcard was recorded in May 2018 at Wallops during the most recent previous launch of an Antares rocket. Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

For local launch-viewers, the NASA Visitor Center at Wallops opens at 12:01 a.m. on Nov. 17 (four hours before the launch). Additional locations for catching the launch are Robert Reed Park on Chincoteague Island or Beach Road spanning the area between Chincoteague and Assateague Islands. Assateague Island National Seashore/Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia will not be open for viewing the launch.

Visitors are reminded that alcohol, pets and firearms are not allowed on the NASA Visitor Center grounds.

Guidance from NASA on drone use for viewing Wallops launches
Guidance for mariners (PDF)
Guidance for pilots (PDF)

Under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services contract, Cygnus will carry about 7,400 pounds of crew supplies and hardware to the space station, including science and research in support of dozens of research investigations.

Latest Forecast for Nov. 17 Launch: 95 Percent Favorable

Northrop Grumman’s 10th contracted cargo resupply mission for NASA to the International Space Station will deliver about 7,400 pounds of science and research, crew supplies and vehicle hardware to the orbital laboratory and its crew. The launch window opens Saturday, Nov. 17, at 4:01 a.m. EST.

Today’s Wallops range forecast predicts excellent conditions for launch, with less than a 5 percent chance of a weather-related concern.

The Northrop Grumman Antares rocket, with Cygnus resupply spacecraft aboard, is seen on Pad-0A after sunrise, Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky

The storm system that produced high winds and heavy rain on Thursday is currently exiting the region and moving off quickly to the northeast. Windy conditions will continue through the morning hours before beginning to subside this afternoon as the area of low pressure moves farther away and high pressure builds closer to the Wallops area.

Northrop Grumman’s CRS-10 Launch Postponed to Nov. 17

The launch of Northrop Grumman’s Antares rocket with Cygnus cargo spacecraft is now targeted for 4:01 a.m. EST Saturday, Nov. 17, from Pad 0A of Virginia Space’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport, located at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. NASA TV will provide launch  coverage with commentary online beginning at 3:30 a.m.

The teams decided to wait another day for launch after assessing continuing unfavorable weather conditions, including high winds and high seas, forecast for Friday morning. The forecast for a launch Saturday is significantly improved with a less than five percent chance of weather conditions preventing a launch.

Under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services contract, Cygnus will carry about 7,400 pounds of crew supplies and hardware to the International Space Station, including critical science and research investigations. A launch Saturday would result in capture and berthing Monday, Nov. 19.

 

The Northrop Grumman Antares rocket, with Cygnus resupply spacecraft aboard, is seen on Pad-0A, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky

Northrop Grumman CRS-10 Launch Postponed to Nov. 16

The launch of Northrop Grumman’s Antares rocket with Cygnus cargo spacecraft has been postponed due to the poor weather forecast for the original launch window on Nov. 15. The revised launch window now opens at 4:23 a.m. EST on Nov. 16 from Pad 0A of Virginia Space’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport, located at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.

The Northrop Grumman Antares rocket, with Cygnus spacecraft aboard, is seen on Pad-0A, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky

Today’s Wallops range forecast for Nov. 15 assessed weather conditions at 90-percent unfavorable for a launch, with the main concerns being thick clouds, disturbed weather and low cloud ceilings. Heavy rainfall (1-2 inches) and high wind gusts (45-50 mph) are expected.

Rainfall looks to taper off early Friday morning, but strong northwesterly winds are still expected to affect the Eastern Shore during Friday’s backup count and launch window. Winds are expected to be sustained at 25-30 mph with gusts up to 35 mph. Sea states will also be of concern with the prolonged high wind event: Seas are expected to be 8-12 feet during Friday morning’s count and slightly falling off to 8-10 feet during the launch window.

Conditions look to become quite favorable for a launch Saturday morning with high pressure building into the southeastern U.S. and the Eastern Shore, providing lighter winds and mostly clear to clear skies. One caveat to Saturday however, is that the system expected to impact the Wallops region Thursday will drag a strong front across Bermuda on Friday into early Saturday, providing potentially heavy rainfall and strong winds there prior to the launch window. At this time, conditions do look to improve enough in
Bermuda prior to the expected T-0 Saturday morning with winds diminishing and light rainfall lingering.

Weather in Bermuda is a factor because NASA’s Bermuda Tracking Station supports tracking, telemetry, command and control of launches from both Wallops and Florida.

Under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services contract, Cygnus will carry about 7,400 pounds of crew supplies and hardware to the International Space Station, including science and research in support of dozens of research investigations.