Cygnus Launch to International Space Station Set Feb. 9 From NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility

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Live coverage of launch and briefings begins at 5 p.m

A Northrop Grumman Antares rocket, with Cygnus resupply spacecraft onboard, launches from Pad-0A of NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia Nov. 2, 2019. (NASA image)

WALLOPS ISLAND, VIRGINIA – 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.

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.

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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.