Awesome Antares Thunders Aloft from NASA Wallops to ISS: Photo/Video Gallery

Awesome Antares Thunders Aloft from NASA Wallops to ISS: Photos/Videos
Northrop Grumman Antares rocket and Cygnus NG-12 resupply spacecraft launched at 9:59 a.m. EDT from Pad-0A of NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia Nov. 2, 2019. New Rocket Lab launch facility visible at center. Cygnus is loaded with 8,200 pounds of science and research, crew supplies and vehicle hardware. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/SpaceUpClose.com

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NASA WALLOPS FLIGHT FACILITY, VA – The commercial Antares rocket put on an awesome display of flawless rocketry and fireworks as it thundered aloft under picture perfect skies from the Virginia shore on NASA’s Wallops Island launch base last weekend delivering the Northrop Grumman Cygnus cargo craft to orbit Saturday, Nov. 2 and successful arrival at the International Space Station (ISS) two days later on Monday, Nov. 4.

The breakfast time blastoff of the Antares Cygnus NG-12 mission on Northrop Grumman’s 12th commercial resupply mission to the space station from Virginia Space’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport occurred right on time at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility seaside launch pad 0A at 9:59 a.m. EDT Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019 from launch pad 0A.

Enjoy our expanded eyewitness gallery of Space UpClose still and video imagery from the media site and remote cameras set up ringing pad 0A.  Check back as the gallery grows.

Between 2 lightning rods – Northrop Grumman Antares rocket and Cygnus NG-12 resupply spacecraft lift off at 9:59 a.m. EDT from Pad-0A of NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia Nov. 2, 2019. View looking to pair of RD-181 engines powering first stage in upgraded Antares 230+ configuration. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/SpaceUpClose.com

Cygnus was jam packed with some 8200 pounds (3705 kg) of research investigations, vehicle hardware and supplies for the six person multinational crew of Expedition 61.

 

The Cygnus spacecraft, dubbed the SS Alan Bean, is named after the late Apollo 12 moonwalker and Skylab astronaut who died on May 26, 2018, at the age of 86.

Liftoff of Northrop Grumman Antares and Cygnus NG-12 cargo craft from NASA Wallops, VA, on Nov. 2, 2019. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/SpaceUpClose.com

The SS Alan Bean NG-12 resupply ship is jam packed with 4 tons of precious NASA science and hardware including a space cookie oven, a crew of micetonauts, NRO cubesats, a space radiation vest and 29 newly developed EVA tools for spacewalking astronauts needed to extend the life of the critical AMS dark matter experiment attached to the orbiting outposts truss.

Commercial Northrop Grumman Antares rocket and Cygnus NG-12 resupply spacecraft blast off at 9:59 a.m. EDT from Pad-0A of NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia Nov. 2, 2019 – as seen from media viewing site. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/SpaceUpClose.com
Commercial Northrop Grumman Antares rocket and Cygnus NG-12 resupply spacecraft thunder aloft at 9:59 a.m. EDT from Pad-0A of NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia Nov. 2, 2019 – as seen from media viewing site. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/SpaceUpClose.com

 

Watch my launch video here:

Video Caption: North and South – Watch and listen to the power of Antares NG-12 blastoff looking north and south at the NASA Wallops launch pad from 180 degrees apart. Launch of Northrop Grumman Antares rocket carrying Cygnus NG-12 cargo freighter roars to life on November 2, 2019 from Pad-0A on NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on 12th resupply mission for NASA to the International Space Station – as seen in these video cameras stationed north and south at pad. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com

Up Close view of Northrop Grumman Antares rocket liftoff focused on RD-181 engines powering first stage in upgraded Antares 230+ configuration. Notice the cyrillic lettering on the Russian made engines from Energomash which flew at full throttle throughout for Cygnus NG-12 resupply spacecraft lift off at 9:59 a.m. EDT from Pad-0A on NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia Nov. 2, 2019. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/SpaceUpClose.com

 

Commercial Northrop Grumman Antares rocket and Cygnus NG-12 resupply spacecraft thunder aloft on long vapor trail at 9:59 a.m. EDT from Pad-0A of NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia Nov. 2, 2019 – as seen from media viewing site. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/SpaceUpClose.com

 

Watch my BBC World TV News post launch interview on Nov. 2, 2019 here:

This was the first cargo mission flown under Northrop Grumman’s CRS-2 contract with NASA starting this fall of 2019. Under Northrop Grumman’s Commercial Resupply Services 1 contract, the company flew 11 missions to the ISS.

Under the CRS-2 contract Northrop Grumman will fly at least 6 Cygnus missions through 2024.

Liftoff of Northrop Grumman Antares and Cygnus NG-12 cargo craft from NASA Wallops, VA, on Nov. 2, 2019. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/SpaceUpClose.com

 

The next launch of NG-13 is slated for February 2020.

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Commercial Northrop Grumman Antares rocket and Cygnus NG-12 resupply spacecraft thunder aloft at 9:59 a.m. EDT from Pad-0A of NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia Nov. 2, 2019 – as seen from media viewing site. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/SpaceUpClose.com
Commercial Northrop Grumman Antares rocket and Cygnus NG-12 resupply spacecraft thunder aloft on long vapor trail at 9:59 a.m. EDT from Pad-0A of NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia Nov. 2, 2019 – as seen from media viewing site. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/SpaceUpClose.com
Liftoff of Northrop Grumman Antares and Cygnus NG-12 cargo craft from NASA Wallops, VA, on Nov. 2, 2019. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/SpaceUpClose.com

 

Northrop Grumman Antares rocket, with Cygnus NG-12 resupply spacecraft onboard, launches at 9:59 a.m. EDT from Pad-0A of NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia Nov. 2, 2019. Cygnus is loaded with 8,200 pounds of science and research, crew supplies and vehicle hardware. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/SpaceUpClose.com
Liftoff of Northrop Grumman Antares and Cygnus NG-12 cargo craft from NASA Wallops, VA, on Nov. 2, 2019. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/SpaceUpClose.com
Northrop Grumman Antares rocket and Cygnus NG-12 resupply spacecraft launched at 9:59 a.m. EDT from Pad-0A of NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia Nov. 2, 2019. New Rocket Lab launch facility visible at center. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/SpaceUpClose.com
Northrop Grumman Antares rocket and Cygnus NG-12 resupply spacecraft launched at 9:59 a.m. EDT from Pad-0A of NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia Nov. 2, 2019. New Rocket Lab launch facility visible at center. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/SpaceUpClose.com
Liftoff of Northrop Grumman Antares and Cygnus NG-12 cargo craft from NASA Wallops, VA, on Nov. 2, 2019. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/SpaceUpClose.com
Between 2 lightning rods – Northrop Grumman Antares rocket and Cygnus NG-12 resupply spacecraft lift off at 9:59 a.m. EDT from Pad-0A of NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia Nov. 2, 2019. View looking to pair of RD-181 engines powering first stage in upgraded Antares 230+ configuration. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/SpaceUpClose.com

 

Northrop Grumman Antares rocket carrying a Cygnus resupply spacecraft is seen horizontal on Pad-0A November 1, 2019 at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Northrop Grumman’s 12th contracted cargo resupply mission with NASA to the International Space Station will launch around 8,200 pounds of science and research, crew supplies and vehicle hardware to the orbital laboratory and its crew Nov. 2, 2019. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/SpaceUpClose.com

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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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