Northrop Grumman aims for Valentine’s Day launch of NASA cargo on Cygnus spacecraft

Northrop Grumman aims for Valentine’s Day launch of NASA cargo on Cygnus spacecraft

The Northrop Grumman Antares rocket carrying the Cygnus NG-13 spacecraft is lowered into horizontal place at its Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport launch web site at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia on Feb. 12, 2020. Antares is scheduled to launch Cygnus on a NASA cargo mission on Feb. 14.

(Picture: © NASA/Aubrey Gemignani)

Northrop Grumman is now aiming for a Valentine’s Day launch of its subsequent Cygnus cargo ship crammed with NASA provides sure for the Worldwide Area Station.

The resupply mission, which has been delayed since Sunday (Feb. 9), is now scheduled to launch an Antares rocket and uncrewed Cygnus spacecraft on Friday (Feb. 14) from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Virginia. Liftoff is ready for 3:43 p.m. EST (2043 GMT). 

On launch day, you may watch the Cygnus launch reside right here and on’s homepage, courtesy of NASA TV. NASA’s webcast will start at 3:15 p.m. EST (2015 GMT).

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How Northrop Grumman’s Antares rockets & Cygnus ships work

Northrop Grumman initially tried to launch the Cygnus cargo mission, known as NG-13, simply after sundown on Sunday, however a sensor problem on floor gear compelled a delay. Foul climate prevented launch makes an attempt for a lot of this week, however circumstances seem like bettering, NASA officers stated. 

The chances of fine climate at launch time are about 80% for Friday, with thick clouds and floor winds the principle issues, NASA officers stated. These climate odds enhance to a 95% probability of fine circumstances on Saturday (Feb. 15), however drop again to 80% on Sunday, if wanted. 

The Cygnus NG-13 spacecraft is carrying 7,600 lbs. (3,400 kilograms) of experiment gear, meals and different provides for the three-person Expedition 62 crew on the house station. If all goes nicely, the spacecraft ought to arrive on the station on Sunday (Feb. 16). 

NASA TV will present reside protection of the Cygnus-13 spacecraft’s arrival on the station, starting at 2:30 a.m. EST (0730 GMT). 

Go to on Friday for launch protection of Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus NG-13 cargo mission for NASA. 

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