NASA TV Coverage Set for Cygnus Launch to International Space Station
WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Northrop Grumman's next NASA resupply services mission to the International Space Station is targeted for launch at 5:39 p.m. EST Sunday, Feb. 9. Live coverage of the launch and briefings will begin at 5 p.m. on NASA Television and the agency's website.
The company's 13th commercial resupply services mission using its Cygnus cargo spacecraft is scheduled to launch on its Antares rocket from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.
Loaded with approximately 8,000 pounds of research, crew supplies, and hardware, the Cygnus spacecraft, dubbed the SS Robert H. Lawrence, will arrive at the space station Tuesday, Feb. 11 at about 4:30 a.m. NASA Flight Engineer Andrew Morgan will grapple Cygnus and NASA astronaut Jessica Meir?will be acting as a backup. After capture, the spacecraft will be installed on the Unity module's Earth-facing port.
The Cygnus spacecraft is scheduled to remain at the space station until May 11, when it will depart the orbiting laboratory. The Saffire-IV experiment will be conducted within Cygnus after it departs the station, and prior to deorbit, when it also will dispose of several tons of trash during a fiery reentry into Earth's atmosphere May 25.
Media registration for the launch and associated activities is closed. Media can submit questions during the prelaunch news conference and the What's on Board briefing using #askNASA.
Complete coverage of launch activities is as follows (all time Eastern):
Saturday, Feb. 8:
11 a.m. – Prelaunch News Conference
3 p.m. – What's on Board Briefing
Sunday, Feb. 9:
5 p.m. – Launch coverage begins
Tuesday, Feb. 11
3 a.m. – Capture of Cygnus with the space station's robotic arm
Cargo resupply from U.S. companies ensures a national capability to deliver critical science research to the space station, significantly increasing NASA's ability to conduct new investigations at the only laboratory in space.
Learn more about the Northrop Grumman mission by going to the mission webpage at:
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