Northrop Grumman Launches Antares, Completes CRS-1 Contract with NG-11 Liftoff

Will Smoot

April 20, 2019

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Northrop Grumman closes out their participation in the CRS-1 contract with a beautiful, mid-afternoon launch from Virginia's Eastern Shore.

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A sample ThinSat from Twiggs Space Lab.  The green portion at the bottom is common to all the ThinSats, while the blue upper portion is used for student-designed experiments.  Photo credit: Jared Haworth / We Report Space

What's On Board NG-11?

NG-11 is Northrop Grumman's last Cargo Resupply Mission . . . of the first series that is. So that makes NG-11 the end that is in the middle. The Antares rocket slated for NG-12 is already in the HIF (Horizontal Integration Facility) and mission components are being finalized for the next launch in October.

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Tom Hoffman, InSight Project Manager, NASA JPL, left, and Sue Smrekar, InSight deputy principal investigator, NASA JPL, react after receiving confirmation that the Mars InSight lander successfully touched down on the surface of Mars, Monday, Nov. 26, 2018 inside the Mission Support Area at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. InSight, short for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport, is a Mars lander designed to study the "inner space" of Mars: its crust, mantle, and core. 
Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

NASA's InSight Lander Successfully Touches Down on Mars

November 26, 2018 at 2:54 PM Eastern Standard Time JPL reported InSight was on the ground at Elysium Planitia.

For approximately one hour Monday, a number of members of the EDL Team (Entry, Descent, Landing) provided insights and commentary about the landing of InSight Mars Landing.

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The Northrop Grumman Antares rocket, with Cygnus spacecraft onboard, is seen on Pad-0A, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018 at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Photo credit:  NASA/Joel Kowsky

Cygnus Pre-launch: What's On Board Antares NG-10?

Northrop Grumman's debut Antares mission CRS NG-10 is targeting a launch to the International Space Station no earlier than 4:49am EST, November 15, 2018.  Antares will deliver a fully loaded Cygnus cargo freighter on orbit roughly two days after launch.  The cargo onboard Cygnus contains the following: 2606 lbs of crew supplies, 2253 lbs of science investigations, 64 lbs of spacewalk material 2183 lbs of vehicle hardware and 253 lbs of computer resources.  Here's a look at a few of the experiments being carried to the International Space Station.

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Antares Speeds Cygnus to ISS with OA-9 Launch

As we disembark the buses we hear “Check item 347,” and remember that the OA-9 launch team has been on the job since 10:00 pm, 5 hours earlier than us. The clouds are broken and allow us glimpses of stars, but we are also able to see clouds lighting up, and an occasional flash from a storm just offshore.

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