A Northrop Grumman cargo ship carrying almost 8,000 pounds of scientific investigations, technology demonstrations, commercial products, and other cargo is set to arrive to the International Space Station. The uncrewed Cygnus spacecraft launched at 9:16 p.m. EDT Friday, Oct. 2 on an Antares rocket from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.
Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 63 Commander Chris Cassidy of NASA will capture the spacecraft assisted by Ivan Vagner of Roscosmos, who will monitor Cygnus systems during its approach for capture. They will use the space station’s robotic arm to take hold of the Cygnus, dubbed the S.S. Kalpana Chawla. After Cygnus’ capture, ground controllers will command the station’s arm to rotate and install it on the bottom of the station’s Unity module.
NASA Television coverage of capture has begun. Watch live online at www.nasa.gov/live
A timeline of remaining Cygnus and space station activities for the earliest capture attempt is below:
Time (EDT) Event
4:09 a.m. Cygnus within 300m of Space Station
4:14 a.m. 250m Hold Point Arrival
4:24 a.m. 250m Hold Point Departure
4:35 a.m. Cygnus within 100m of Space Station
4:51 a.m. 30m Hold Point Arrival
4:58 a.m. Earliest “Go” for Capture
5:10 a.m. Capture Point Arrival
5:14 a.m. “Go” or “No-Go” for Capture
5:20 a.m. Capture