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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Liftoff of the Antares 230 rocket carrying Northrop Grumman's Cygnus Cargo Freighter to the International Space Station.  Photo credit: Jared Haworth / We Report Space

Rocket Recap: Cygnus NG-10 Reaches the ISS

One week ago (November 19, 2018) Northrop Grumman's Cygnus pressurized cargo freighter arrived at and berthed with the International Space Station. The rocket had launched two days prior, on November 17, from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at Wallops Island, Virginia.  This was the ninth launch of Antares from Virginia, and the first overseen by the new Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems, a division formed by NG's acquisition of Orbital ATK earlier this year.

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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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