Watch Science and Prelaunch Briefings for Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus Mission to Space Station

NASA’s commercial partner Northrop Grumman is scheduled to launch its Antares rocket from Pad-0A of Virginia Space’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at 5:39 p.m., Feb. 9, from the agency’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Two pre-launch briefings will air live on NASA TV and the agency’s online stream (nasa.gov/live)  today at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. EST.

Antares is carrying Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus cargo spacecraft for the company’s 13th contracted commercial resupply mission for NASA to the space station. Cygnus will carry about 8,000 pounds of crew supplies and hardware, including new science and research investigations.

PRELAUNCH NEWS CONFERENCE 11 a.m.: Mission managers will provide an overview and status of launch operations.

WHAT’S ON BOARD SCIENCE BRIEFING 3 p.m.: Scientists and researchers will discuss some of the investigations and technology demonstrations to be delivered to the space station.

Commander Peggy Whitson works on the OsteoOmics bone cell study that utilizes the Microgravity Science Glovebox inside the U.S. Destiny laboratory on May 2, 2017. Credits: NASA

The public can submit questions during the pre-launch press conference and the What’s on Board briefing using #askNASA. Media can submit questions during the prelaunch news conference and the What’s on Board briefing using #askNASA or via the media phone bridge.  Contact Keith Koehler at keith.a.koehler@nasa.gov for phone dial-in information.

On Feb. 9, live coverage of the launch will begin at 5 p.m. EST. For NASA TV downlink information, schedules and links to streaming video, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv

Latest Weather Forecast 95% Favorable for Northrop Grumman CRS-13 Launch

The latest weather forecast stands at 95% favorable for the scheduled launch Sunday, Feb. 9 of Northrop Grumman’s Antares rocket from Virginia Space’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. As of this time, cumulus clouds and thick clouds are the primary weather concerns being tracked for a launch attempt at 5:39 p.m. EST Sunday.

Northrop Grumman’s 13th contracted commercial resupply mission with NASA will send the Cygnus spacecraft to the International Space Station to deliver approximately 8,000 pounds of science and research, crew supplies and vehicle hardware to the orbital laboratory and its crew.

A Northrop Grumman Antares rocket is rolled out to Pad-0A, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. (NASA/Aubrey Gemignani)

Blustery conditions will continue today as a deep area of low pressure continues to move off to our northeast. Winds will subside overnight tonight, providing for a calm, uneventful Saturday. A weak upper level shortwave trough will then move across the Mid-Atlantic Saturday night, producing an uptick in cloudiness into early Sunday morning. High pressure will build back into the local area by Sunday afternoon, leading to another seasonable day under partly cloudy skies. Clouds begin to increase in the mid and upper- levels Sunday evening as another cold front approaches the region.

Follow launch activities at the launch blog and @NASA_Wallops and learn more about space station activities by following @space_station and @ISS_Research on Twitter as well as the ISS Facebook and ISS Instagram accounts.

Latest Weather Forecast for Northrop Grumman’s CRS-13 Launch: 90% Favorable

The latest weather forecast stands at 90% favorable for the Feb. 9 launch of Northrop Grumman’s Antares rocket from Virginia Space’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility. At this time, cumulus clouds are the only weather concern being tracked for a launch attempt on Sunday afternoon.

NASA’s commercial partner Northrop Grumman is scheduled to launch its 13th commercial resupply services mission, carrying more than 8,000 pounds of research, crew supplies and hardware to the International Space Station, at 5:39 p.m. EDT on Feb. 9.

A Northrop Grumman Antares rocket carrying a Cygnus resupply spacecraft is seen just after being raised into a vertical position on Pad-0A, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility. Photo Credit: (NASA/Aubrey Gemignani)

Low pressure will continue to slowly move northeastward across the Mid-Atlantic tonight, bringing periods of rain and gusty winds through Friday. There is an uptick in cloudiness and a slight chance of an isolated shower or snow flurry early Sunday morning, but high pressure will build back into the Mid-Atlantic by Sunday afternoon, allowing for dry conditions, decreasing cloudiness, and light winds.

Follow launch activities at the launch blog and @NASA_Wallops. Learn more about space station activities by following @space_station and @ISS_Research on Twitter, as well as the ISS Facebook and ISS Instagram accounts.

How and When to Watch the Northrop Grumman CRS-13 Launch

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 5:39 p.m. EST, Feb. 9.

The launch may be visible, weather permitting, to residents throughout the mid-Atlantic region and possibly the East Coast of the United States. This map indicates when (in seconds) and where to look up in the sky after liftoff:

Launch viewing map for the CRS-13 launch.

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 12:30 p.m. EST Feb. 9 on the Wallops video and audio Ustream sites.

For local launch-viewers, the NASA Visitor Center at Wallops opens at 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 9 (about four hours before 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. The beach at the Assateague Island National Seashore/Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge will not be open during the launch.

Find directions and more information about the Visitor Center at: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/wallops/visitorcenter.

Visitors are reminded that alcohol, pets and firearms are not allowed on the NASA Visitor Center grounds. Also, because of limited parking, over-size vehicles such as campers and recreational vehicles will not be able to park.

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

Outside the predicted visibility area? NASA TV launch coverage and commentary, as well as streaming online at nasa.gov/live, will begin at 5:00 p.m. EST Feb. 9.

This will be Northrop Grumman’s 13th commercial resupply services mission. Cygnus will carry more than 8,000 pounds of crew supplies and hardware to the space station, including science and research in support of dozens of research investigations.

 

Antares Rocket for Northrop Grumman CRS-13 Rolls to Launch Pad

NASA’s commercial partner Northrop Grumman is scheduled to launch its Antares rocket carrying its Cygnus cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station at 5:39 p.m. EDT Sunday, Feb. 9.

Loaded with more than 8,000 pounds of research, crew supplies and hardware, this is Northrop Grumman’s 13th commercial resupply NASA-contracted mission. It will launch from Virginia Space’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility.

A Northrop Grumman Antares rocket is seen as it is rolled out of the Horizontal Integration Facility to launch Pad-0A, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Photo Credit: (NASA/Aubrey Gemignani)
Photo Credit: (NASA/Aubrey Gemignani)
Photo Credit: (NASA/Aubrey Gemignani)

The team rolled the Antares rocket out to Pad-0A at Wallops the morning of Wednesday, Feb. 5.

More images are available from NASA Headquarters’ Flickr gallery.

The launch, as well as briefings preceding and following liftoff, will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website beginning at 5:00 p.m. EDT Feb. 9.

NASA Invites Social Media to Next Northrop Grumman Cygnus Launch Set for Feb. 9

This image of the Northrop Grumman Antares rocket, with Cygnus resupply spacecraft aboard, was taken Wednesday, April 17, 2019, at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

We are inviting social media users to apply for credentials to cover the launch of Northrop Grumman‘s CRS-13 mission to the International Space Station. An Antares rocket carrying the Cygnus cargo spacecraft will liftoff no earlier than 5:39 p.m. EST on Feb. 9, 2020 from Pad 0A at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

Registration opened on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. Social media users must apply by 11:59 p.m. EDT on Thursday, January. 23, 2020. All social media accreditation applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Media accreditation is still open for the launch of Northrop Grumman’s next delivery of NASA science investigations, supplies and equipment to the International Space Station on Feb. 9. The deadline for international media without U.S. citizenship closed on Monday, Jan. 13. The application deadline for media who are U.S. citizens is Monday, Feb. 3.