Antares Awesome Afternoon Ascent Carrying Cygnus Cargo Craft to Space Station Crew: Photo/Video Gallery

UpClose view of
twin RD-181 first stage engines and massive flames as Northrop Grumman Antares
rocket carrying Cygnus commercial resupply spacecraft launches April 17, 2019 from
Pad-0A at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on Northrop Grumman’s 11th
contracted cargo resupply mission for NASA to the International Space Station to
deliver about 7,600 pounds of science and supplies. 
Credit: Ken
Kremer/kenkremer.com/SpaceUpClose.com
Ken
Kremer —
SpaceUpClose.com &
RocketSTEM
– 25 April 2019



NASA WALLOPS FLIGHT FACILITY, VA –  Northrop Grumman’s Antares rocket mounted an
awesome afternoon ascent to orbit on April 17 carrying the Cygnus commercial cargo
craft to the crew of the International Space Station (ISS)  just one and a half days after lifting off fromNASA’s Wallops launch base on Virginia’s Eastern shore. 



The biggest crowd ever gathered
for an Antares launch witnessed the flawless performance put on by NASA’s
commercial cargo partner Northrop Grumman
as the rocket soared in its upgraded 230 configuration at 4:46 p.m. EDT
(2046 GMT) Wednesday, April 17 from seaside Launch Pad 0A
at the Virginia Space Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport
(MARS)
at NASA’s
Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.



Enjoy our expanding gallery
of Space UpClose imagery of Antares launch. 



Check back as the gallery
grows of my photos and video imagery ringing the launch pad – catching up as I’m
been in transit and covering the SpaceX Crew Dragon anomaly.  
Antares and
Nature blast off for space and the space station.
The Northrop Grumman Antares rocket,
with Cygnus resupply spacecraft onboard, launches from Pad-0A, Wednesday, April
17, 2019 at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Northrop Grumman’s 11th
contracted cargo resupply mission for NASA to the International Space Station
will deliver about 7,600 pounds of science and research, crew supplies and
vehicle hardware to the orbital laboratory and its crew. 
Credit: Ken
Kremer/kenkremer.com/SpaceUpClose.com

The Cygnus NG-11
mission is Northrop Grumman’s 11th contracted cargo resupply mission for NASA
to the International Space Station. 



Launch of Northrop
Grumman’s Antares rocket and Cygnus NG-11 cargo freighter on 11th contracted resupply
mission for NASA to the International Space Station on April 17, 2019 from NASA’s
Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.  
Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/SpaceUpClose.com
Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/SpaceUpClose.com

Huge crowds enjoyed the stunning April 17 blastoff of the
Northrop Grumman Antares rocket from NASA Wallops launch base on the Virginia
shore carrying
40 micetronauts, a robotic astronaut helper, 63 thinsat free
flying experiments from over 250 students and a wide array of research.  

Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/SpaceUpClose.com

The two stage Antares measures 139 feet (42.5 m)
tall and 13 feet (3.9 m) in diameter. 



The 14 story tall commercial expendable Antares launch vehicle
is launching in the upgraded and more powerful re-engined 230 configuration rocket
compared to the original version. 



The first stage is powered by two newly built Russian-built
NPO Energomash RD-181 engines with independent thrust vectoring and fires for 3
minutes and 35 seconds before separating from the upper stage. They are test
fired by Energomash in Russia and shipped to Wallops.



They produce about 860,000 pounds of thrust, roughly 100,000
more thrust than the original Antares 100 configuration. They are throttled
down at Max Q to maintain core integrity. 



Watch my Antares NG-11 launch video
here:

Video Caption: Watch
and listen to the power of Antares as the pad camera gets creamed by tremendous
heave of mud and exhaust. Launch of Northrop Grumman Antares rocket carrying Cygnus
NG-11 cargo freighter roars to life on April 17, 2019 from Pad-0A on NASA’s
Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on 11th resupply mission for NASA
to the International Space Station
– as seen in
this video camera stationed at pad.
Credit: Ken
Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com



The second stage comprises the Castor 30XL solid
rocket motor producing approximately
107,000 pounds of thrust.  It burns
for about 156 seconds.



Cygnus NG-11 arrived and berthed at the ISS on
April 19 with close to 7,600 pounds of research and supplies to space station. 
Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/SpaceUpClose.com

The crew has begun unloading the cargo as they also prepare
for the arrival of the next cargo ship- the Dragon CRS-17 vessel to be launched
by SpaceX now retargeted to May 1.

Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/SpaceUpClose.com

The Cygnus spacecraft is scheduled to remain at
the space station for about 3 months until July 23, 2019, when it will depart
the station, deploy NanoRacks customer CubeSats, and then have an extended
mission until December 2019 before it will dispose of several tons of trash
during a fiery reentry into Earth’s atmosphere.

UpClose view of
twin RD-181 first stage engines and massive flames as Northrop Grumman Antares
rocket carrying Cygnus commercial resupply spacecraft launches April 17, 2019 from
Pad-0A at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on Northrop Grumman’s 11th
contracted cargo resupply mission for NASA to the International Space Station to
deliver about 7,600 pounds of science and supplies. 
Credit: Ken
Kremer/kenkremer.com/SpaceUpClose.com

Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/SpaceUpClose.com

This will be the final
mission under Northrop Grumman’s CRS-1 contract with NASA before starting the
CRS-2 contract missions in the fall of 2019. Under Northrop Grumman’s Commercial
Resupply Services
contract, the company will fly 11 missions.

UpClose view of
twin RD-181 first stage engines and massive flames as Northrop Grumman Antares
rocket carrying Cygnus commercial resupply spacecraft launches April 17, 2019 from
Pad-0A at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on Northrop Grumman’s 11th
contracted cargo resupply mission for NASA to the International Space Station to
deliver about 7,600 pounds of science and supplies. 
Credit: Ken
Kremer/kenkremer.com/SpaceUpClose.com
Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/SpaceUpClose.com

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Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida and Wallops Flight Facility, Virginia.



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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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