Northrop Grumman Antares Rocket Blasts off from Virginia on Commercial Cygnus NASA Resupply Mission to ISS – Breaking US Launch Scrub Scene

Northrop Grumman Antares Rocket Blasts off from Virginia Wallops on Commercial Cygnus NASA Resupply Mission to ISS – Breaking US Launch Scrub Scene
A Northrop Grumman Antares rocket launches to the International Space Station on Oct. 2, 2020, from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, Virginia. The rocket is carrying a Cygnus spacecraft with 8,000 pounds of supplies and experiments. Credits: NASA Wallops/Patrick Black

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CAPE CANAVERAL SPACE FORCE STATION, FL –  The US launch curse emanating from the Florida Space Coast was at last briefly broken – though not in Florida – by the successful launch of the Northrop Grumman Antares rocket Friday evening at 9:16 p.m. ET from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Oct. 2 on Virginia’s eastern shore on a mission carrying a commercial Cygnus cargo resupply ship loaded with 4 tons of NASA science and supplies to the International Space Station (ISS).

Liftoff took place after a 1 day delay due to a last minute scrub related to ground systems.

Unfortunately the launch curse of near endless ‘scrubitis’ came back in full  force when the SpaceX Falcon 9  set to carry the newest GPS III series navigation satellite for the U.S. military and the Space Force to orbit aborted liftoff 30 minutes later and  just moments before planned ignition Friday evening Oct. 2 at 9:43 p.m. ET from pad 40 on Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.

SpaceX Falcon 9 vigorously vents liquid oxygen (LOX) in the final minutes of countdown prior to scrub moments before planned liftoff at 9:43 p.m. ET Oct. 2, 2020 from Space Launch Complex 40 for launch of GPSIIISV04 navigation satellite for U.S. Space Force. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com

I could not attend the Antares launch because of the overlap with three launches here in Florida – which ultimately all scrubbed this week in the final moments of the terminal countdowns including another Falcon 9 and a ULA Delta IV Heavy.

The Northrop Grumman Cygnus NG-14 resupply spacecraft is on its way to the ISS jam packed with nearly 8,000 pounds of scientific investigations, technology demonstrations, commercial products, and other cargo after launching at 9:16 p.m. EDT Friday Oct. 2 from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Virginia.

Among the cargo is also a new advanced $23 million zero- G titanium space toilet.

A Northrop Grumman Antares rocket launches to the International Space Station on Oct. 2, 2020, from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, Virginia. The rocket is carrying a Cygnus spacecraft with 8,000 pounds of supplies and experiments. Credits: NASA Wallops/Patrick Black

Cygnus cargo ship launched on an upgraded Antares 230+ rocket from the Virginia Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport’s Pad 0A at Wallops.

The cymbal shaped solar arrays deployed as planned

 

After a 2 day chase it is scheduled to arrive at the space station around 5:20 a.m. Monday, Oct. 5.

NASA plans live coverage of the spacecraft’s approach and arrival that will begin at 3:45 a.m. on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

Expedition 63 Commander Chris Cassidy of NASA will use the space station’s robotic arm to capture Cygnus, while Ivan Vagner of Roscosmos monitors telemetry during rendezvous, capture, and installation on the Unity module’s Earth-facing port.

 

Antares Cygnus NG-14 prelaunch view from NASA TV

There are currently only 3 residents at the ISS- 1 from NASA and 2 from Roscosmos.

The next Soyuz crew launches on Oct. 14

Here are the details from NASA:

Cygnus will remain at the space station until mid-December before it disposes of several thousand pounds of trash as it burns up during a safe re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere.

This delivery – Northrop Grumman’s 14th contracted cargo flight to the space station and the third under its Commercial Resupply Services 2 contract with NASA – will support dozens of new and existing investigations.

Included aboard Cygnus for delivery to the space station are:

Improving how we ‘go’ in space

A new toilet is headed to the space station. Its features improve on current space toilet operations and help NASA prepare for future missions, including those to the Moon and Mars. The Universal Waste Management System (UWMS) demonstrates a compact toilet and the Urine Transfer System that further automates waste management and storage. The smaller footprint of the UWMS supports a possible increase in the number of crew members aboard the space station, as well as planning for future exploration missions.

New ISS space toilet

Energy and water from waste

The investigation Elucidating the Ammonia Electrochemical Oxidation Mechanism via Electrochemical Techniques at the ISS (Ammonia Electrooxidation) examines a process for ammonia oxidation in microgravity. An electrochemical ammonia removal system could serve as an innovative water recovery system on long-duration missions to the Moon and Mars and provide vital drinkable water in remote and arid areas on Earth.

Adding radishes to the space salad

A new crop of vegetables is headed to the space station. While previous experiments have grown different types of lettuces and greens aboard the orbiting laboratory, the Assessment of Nutritional Value and Growth Parameters of Space-grown Plants (Plant Habitat-02) investigation adds radishes to the mix, cultivating seeds to see how different light and soil conditions affect growth. Findings could help optimize growth of the plants in space, as well as provide an assessment of their nutrition and taste.

Identifying targeted cancer treatments

The Leveraging Microgravity to Screen Onco-selective Messenger RNAs for Cancer Immunotherapy (Onco-Selectors) investigation tests drugs based on messenger ribonucleic acids (mRNA) for treating leukemia. In normal gravity, the drugs to be tested are onco-selective, meaning they can distinguish cancer cells from healthy ones. Researchers expect any drugs that also demonstrate this trait in microgravity could make good candidates for safer, more effective, and affordable medicines to treat leukemia and other cancers. This could improve survival rates for thousands of people every year.

Spacewalks in virtual reality

The International Space Station Experience (ISS Experience) is creating an immersive virtual reality series documenting life and research aboard the space station. Partnering with the ISS National Lab and TIME, a team from Felix and Paul Studios launched a customized 360-degree camera to the space station in December 2018 that crew members have used to record a few hours inside the station every week. Felix and Paul and partner NanoRacks further modified an additional camera to withstand the extreme conditions of space and are launching for use in filming a spacewalk. The new camera will be mounted to the Canadarm2 to capture a spacewalk from start to finish as well as footage of Earth and the exterior of the space station.

These are just a few of the hundreds of investigations currently being conducted aboard the orbiting laboratory in the areas of biology and biotechnology, physical sciences, and Earth and space science. Advances in these areas will help to keep astronauts healthy during long-duration space travel and demonstrate technologies for future human and robotic exploration beyond low-Earth orbit to the Moon and Mars through NASA’s Artemis program.

In addition to science and research, this launch will also support commercial space endeavors. Estée Lauder’s New Advanced Night Repair serum will be photographed in the space station’s iconic cupola window as part of NASA’s efforts to enable commercial activities at the space station and develop a robust low-Earth orbit economy. The imagery will be used on the brand’s social media platforms. These opportunities can help catalyze and expand space exploration markets for many businesses.

Kalpana Chawla, American astronaut who died during the failed re-entry of Space Shuttle Columbia. Credit: NASA

The Cygnus spacecraft for this resupply mission is named in honor of Kalpana Chawla, who made history at NASA as the first female astronaut of Indian descent. Chawla, who dedicated her life to understanding flight dynamics, lost her life during the STS-107 mission when the space shuttle Columbia disintegrated upon reentering Earth’s atmosphere.

 

File photos. 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

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Estee Lauder is also on board.

Watch my SpaceX GPS post scrub commentary at Fox 35 News Orlando on Oct. 3

https://www.fox35orlando.com/news/elon-musk-heading-to-cape-canaveral-after-a-week-of-scrubbed-launches

 

Watch my live interview discussion of current space missions and launches on Sept. 18 edition of  ‘Stay Curious’ daily space show presented by the American Space Museum, Titusville, FL.

Space Journalist Dr. Ken Kremer updates "Stay Curious" on space news

Our 25th "Stay Curious" week ends with space journalist Dr. Ken Kremer joining MarQ & Marty to update you on the lastest news from the Space Coast…all to bridge the space between us.

Posted by American Space Museum & Space Walk of Fame on Friday, September 18, 2020

 

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A Northrop Grumman Antares rocket launches to the International Space Station on Oct. 2, 2020, from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, Virginia. The rocket is carrying a Cygnus spacecraft with 8,000 pounds of supplies and experiments. Credits: NASA Wallops/Patrick Black
Ken Kremer

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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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