NASA is launching its Antares rocket that will carry the Cygnus cargo spacecraft to the ISS on April 17th at 4:46 PM EDT. This event will be live on NASA Television and website. The mission is on collaboration with Northrop Grumman and will launch from Virginia Space Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility. The rocket will carry 7,500 pounds of crew supplies, hardware, and research.
Two and a half hours after launch, the spacecraft’s solar arrays will automatically initiate deployment, and the full rollout will take 30 minutes per total. The shuttle will arrive in ISS area on Friday, April 19, at 5:30 A.M. Astronaut Nick Hague monitors spacecraft’s systems on the way to space. With the help of the station’s robotic arm, astronaut Anne McClain, assisted by David Saint-Jacques from the Canadian Space Agency, will grip Cygnus and capture it. The robotic arm will install Cygnus on the bottom of ISS’s Unity module.
Watch live the launch of NASA’s Antares which will deploy the Cygnus cargo ship for the ISS
Moreover, the Cygnus spacecraft is scheduled to remain at the International Space Station until July 23. After the spaceship departs, its mission will be extended in orbit until December. Next, several tons of trash will be disposed of during a scheduled reentry and destruction in Earth’s atmosphere. NASA will have the final mission under Northrop Grumman’s Commercial Resupply Services (CRS-1). After that CRS-2 contract starts from this fall with the same partner, Northrop Grumman’s, and together, they will have 11 missions.
Also, no media registration will be granted for the launch. NASA TV will have the coverage of launch activities for three days with an organized program as well. However, media is accepted to participate at the What’s on Board briefing, at prelaunch and postlaunch conferences with phones.
Tune in to the stream below on April 17th at around 4:30 PM EDT to watch the launch of NASA’s Antares rocket. In the meantime, on the same live stream, you can enjoy viewing the Earth from the ISS and many more.
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