Northrop Grumman debuts Antares 230+ launch vehicle on NG-12 mission

Will Smoot

November 2, 2019

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The morning calm of Chincoteague Island and the surrounding Eastern Shore of Virginia was briefly interrupted by a powerful rocket launch from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on November 2, 2019. Correspondent Will Smoot provides a first-hand account of launch viewing from Tom's Cove.

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Northrop Grumman's Cyngus spacecraft receives late-load cargo less than 24 hours prior to the launch of the NG-12 mission.  Photo credit: Jared Haworth / We Report Space

What's on board NG-12?

A day prior to the scheduled launch of Northrop Grumman's Antares 230+ rocket and Cygnus spacecraft, NASA presents a briefing on the various payloads traveling to the International Space Station.

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NASA's Space Launch System core stage pathfinder is suspended over the transfer aisle in preparation for lifting operations.  Photo credit: Scott Schilke / We Report Space

KSC Crane Operators Lift Core Stage Pathfinder Six Times During October 2019

The Jacobs Company employs 21 overhead crane operators at Kennedy Space Center. The crews had an opportunity to practice with a mock-up of the SLS Core Stage for crane operations in the Vehicle Assembly Building.

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One of the "rainbirds," a water-dispersal device atop the SLS mobile launcher, blankets the launch platform with water during the final flow test at Kennedy Space Center.  Photo credit: Michael Howard / We Report Space

NASA Drops 450,000 Gallons of Water on SLS Mobile Launcher

NASA releases 450,000 gallons of water in a matter of moments during their seventh and final water flow test at LC-39B in support of the upcoming Artemis / SLS launch.

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ULA's Delta IV Heavy launches from SLC-37B on August 12, 2018.  Photo credit: Michael Seeley / We Report Space

US Air Force Awards Contract for Final Five Delta IV Heavy Missions

The Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), in partnership with the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), awarded a sole source, five-year, $1.18 billion Firm-Fixed-Price (FFP) modification of the Delta IV Heavy contract (FA8811-19-C-0002), saving $455 million.

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