Antares Overnight Launch Set for Nov. 17 from Virginia Shore With 4 Tons Cargo Bound for Space Station: Watch Live

Due to persistent drenching downpours Northrop Grumman Antares rocket on the Cygnus NG-10 cargo mission had to stay another two days atop the On-Ramp
to the
International
Space Station at pad 0A on NASA’s
Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Launch now reset to
Nov. 17 at 4:01 a.m. EST.
Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/SpaceUpClose.com
Ken Kremer SpaceUpClose.com  & RocketSTEM –16
November 2018



NASA
WALLOPS FLIGHT FACILITY, VA – After a two day delay due to drenching rainstormsand heavy winds inundating NASA’s launch base on Virginia’s  Eastern Shore, a Northrop Grumman Antares
commercial  rocket is now scheduled to
launch in a few hours during a middle-of-the-night blastoff Saturday, November
17 on a cargo resupply mission bound for the International Space Station (ISS) carrying
nearly 4 tons of science and supplies for the multinational crew
including the 1st ever ‘recycling refabricator’.  



Liftoff
of Northrop Grumman’s
upgraded Antares 230 configuration
rocket
is scheduled for 4:01 a.m.
EST on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018
from seaside pad 0A at NASA’s
Wallops Flight Facility at the Mid Atlantic Regional Spaceport in Virginia.  

Oceanside view of Northrop
Grumman Antares rocket, with Cygnus NG-10 cargo freighter aboard bound for the International
Space Station, is seen on Pad-0A, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Poor
weather forced launch postponement to Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018.
Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/SpaceUpClose.com

That’s roughly 2 hours
before sunrise and should make for an absolutely stunning sight along the
Eastern seaboard – home to America’s most densely populated region. 



And superb weather
conditions are forecast Saturday, Nov. 15 of greater than 95% favorable
conditions in complete contrast to the initial targeted launch dates of Thursday,
Nov. 15 and Friday, Nov. 16 of over 90% unfavorable conditions at launch time.



“Today’s Wallops range forecast predicts excellent conditions
for launch [Nov 17], with less than a 5 percent chance of a weather-related
concern,” NASA reported today.



“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.

Ponds surround Northrop Grumman
Antares rocket after days of rain, with Cygnus NG-10 cargo freighter  aboard bound for the International Space
Station, is seen on Pad-0A, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, at NASA’s Wallops Flight
Facility in Virginia. Poor weather forced launch postponement to Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018.
Credit: Ken
Kremer/kenkremer.com/SpaceUpClose.com
You can watch the launch live on NASA TV and
the agency’s website.



The launch window opens at 4:01 a.m. EST and
extends for 5 minutes total until 4:06 a.m. EST. 



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



“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.”

The launch of Northrop
Grumman’s Antares rocket from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, scheduled for 4:01
a.m. EST on Nov. 17, 2018, may be visible throughout the Mid-Atlantic,
depending on local conditions. Credit: NASA/Stephan
Wlodarczyk
 

Backup launch opportunities
exist on Sunday and Monday in case of a delay for any reason including
technical and weather issues.

Technicians work at base of
Antares rocket raised at pad 0A atop launch mount and above flame trench at NASA’s
Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Launch reset for Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018
after weather delays.
Credit: Ken
Kremer/kenkremer.com/SpaceUpClose.com

If Antares launches on
Saturday, Cygnus starts a two day chase to arrive at the station on Monday,
Nov. 19 for robotic arm capture and berthing at the Earth-facing port on Unity
orbiting some 250 miles (400 km) above Earth.  


Cygnus will be loaded with cargo up to 3,350 kg (7,385 lb.)
comprising science experiments, research gear,
food, water, spare parts, crew supplies and vehicle hardware
to support the Expedition 57 and 58 crews and over 250 new and ongoing research
investigations.



The
rocket is ready to launch when the weather cooperates.



“The
combined systems test of the rocket, payload, and range was completed,” said Kurt
Eberly, Antares program manager VP at Northrop Grumman. 



The countdown
starts at T Minus 6 hours 15 minutes before liftoff.  Fueling begins at T Minus 1.6 hours.



Whenever Cygnus does fly this will be NASA’s 5
cargo resupply mission of 2018 and 1more is also planned by SpaceX on NET Dec.
4, said Montelbano.



Cygnus NG-10 will remain at the station for
approximately 3 months.  



The Cygnus NG-10 cargo freighter, built by Northrop Grumman
Corporation, was christened the ‘S.S. John Young’ – in memory of John Young who
was NASA’s longest serving astronaut and passed away earlier this year in
January at age 87.

The Northrop Grumman built Cygnus NG-10 cargo spacecraft
is prepped inside clean room High Bay facility at NASA Wallops and named in
honor NASA astronaut and Apollo 16 moonwalker John Young on Oct. 24, 2018.  Blastoff on Antares rocket is slated for Nov.
17, 2018 from pad 0A
at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility
in Virginia bound for the International Space Station.
  Credit: Ken
Kremer/kenkremer.com/SpaceUpClose.com

The S.S. John Young cargo resupply freighter is jam packed and will
deliver nearly 4 tons of research experiments and station hardware and crew
supplies to the trio of astronauts and cosmonauts living aboard the orbiting
science outpost after blastoff atop the 2 stage Antares 230 version rocket.

NG-10 counts as Northrop Grumman’s 10th station
resupply cargo mission for NASA. 



Here’s a breakdown of the manifest aboard
Cygnus NG-10 which includes:   



Crew Supplies: 2,515.5
lbs. / 1,141 kg



Science Investigations: 2,301.6 lbs. / 1,044 kg



Spacewalk Equipment: 68.3 lbs. / 31 kg



Vehicle Hardware: 2,076.8 lbs. / 942 kg



Computer Resources: 253.5 lbs. / 115 kg



Total Cargo: 7,385.5 lbs. / 3,350 kg



Total Pressurized Cargo with Packaging: 7,215.8
lbs. / 3,273 kg



Unpressurized Cargo (NanoRacks Deployer): 169.8
lbs. / 77 kg  

Dr. Allison Porter,
flight missions manager at Tethers Unlimited Inc., with a mock-up of the Refabricator, a combination 3D printer and
recycler, headed to the International Space Station aboard NG-10. In Porter’s
hand is a roll of 3D printer filament shown during the Nov. 13, 2018 science
briefing at NASA Wallops.
Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/SpaceUpClose.com

Among the research items on board will be the first integrated 3D printer and
recycler
and ref
abricator to aid NASA’s Deep Space
exploration efforts. 



“It will turn waste plastic materials aboard the station
into high-quality 3D-printer filament to create tools and materials, a key
capability for future long-duration space missions beyond low-Earth orbit,”
according to NASA.



Watch this NASA video highlighting some of the
science including the ‘refabricator’.





Video Caption: A “Refabricator” for sustainable in-space manufacturing and a
multifunctional cell culture platform or “lab-on-a-chip” are just
some of the science investigations heading to the International Space Station.
They’re on board Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus resupply flight 10 (CRS-10),
launching in mid-November on the Antares rocket from NASA’s Wallops Flight
Facility. More:
https://go.nasa.gov/2SVf82d. Credit: NASA





Cygnus will deliver
vital equipment, supplies and scientific equipment to the space station as part
of Northrop Grumman’s Commercial Resupply Services-1 (CRS-1) contract with NASA
– totaling 11 cargo flights.



“NG-10 is the next to
last followed by NG-11 next spring under the CRS-1 contract,” said Northrop Grummans Kurt Eberly. 



“Northrop Grumman also
has been awarded the follow-on CRS-2 contract from NASA comprising at least 6
more cargo missions.”



Two new Russian-built NPO Energomash RD-181 engines
at the base of Northrop Grumman Antares rocket first stage that will power the NG-11
cargo resupply mission to the ISS scheduled in spring 2019 undergo processing inside
the
Horizontal Integration Facility (HIF)
at NASA’s Wallops Flight
Facility on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. 
They
are fueled by LOX and RP-1 kerosene.  Credit: Ken
Kremer/kenkremer.com/SpaceUpClose.com

To date, Cygnus
spacecraft have delivered more than 23,000 kilograms of cargo to the
International Space Station, and removed 17,000 kilograms of disposable
cargo. 



The
prior Cygnus cargo freighter was successfully launched by an Antares 230
vehicle from Wallops on May 21, 2018 on the Orbital ATK OA-9 resupply mission
for NASA before the company merged with Northrop Grumman. 



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Watch for Ken’s continuing onsite coverage of NASA, SpaceX, ULA, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and more space and mission reports direct from Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida and Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Stay tuned here for Ken's continuing Earth and Planetary science and human spaceflight news. Dr. Kremer is a research scientist and journalist based in the KSC area, active in outreach and interviewed regularly on TV and radio about space topics. Ken’s photos are for sale and he is available for lectures and outreach events.

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