A Northrop Grumman rocket carrying greater than 4 tons of provides for the Worldwide House Station should wait a minimum of another day to launch after a fireplace alarm at its mission management middle thwarted a liftoff early Sunday (Nov. 6).
The Antares rocket was about 10 minutes away from a deliberate liftoff at 5:50 a.m. EST (1050 GMT) from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Virginia, when Northrop Grumman known as off the flight. A hearth alarm on the firm’s management middle in close by Dulles, Virginia, compelled a constructing evacuation, stopping launch controllers from going by means of with the launch.
“Our ideas are with their staff their their security is on the prime most vital, so we’re going to strive it once more tomorrow,” NASA spokesperson Chelsey Ballarte mentioned throughout dwell commentary. Liftoff is now set for Monday, Nov. 6, at 5:27 a.m. EST (1027 GMT). You possibly can watch the Cygnus cargo launch dwell on House.com, courtesy of NASA TV, starting at 5 a.m. EST (1000 GMT).
Northrop Grumman will use its Antares rocket to launch the uncrewed NG-18 Cygnus spacecraft to the Worldwide House Station on a mission to ship greater than 8,200 kilos (3,720 kilograms) of provides to the lab’s astronaut crew. It’s the 18th cargo mission for NASA by Northrop Grumman.
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The upcoming launch can also be Northrop Grumman’s heaviest supply but, with the corporate squeezing in about 44 kilos (20 kg) of further provides on account of refinements to the launch system. Amongst its valuable cargo are a bioprinter that can try to print human knee cartilage in area and cow ovarian cells to check how weightlessness impacts the expansion of cells.
If all goes properly, the NG-18 Cygnus cargo ship — which has been named the SS Sally Experience in honor of astronaut Sally Experience, the primary American lady in area who died in 2012 — ought to arrive on the area station on Wednesday (Nov. 10).
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