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

Will Smoot

November 14, 2018

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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

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Antares at Sunset, May 19, 2018.  Photo credit: Jared Haworth / We Report Space

What's in the OA-9 Cygnus?

Resupply mission OA-9 will carry a mix of cargo weighing 3,350 Kg (7,385 lbs.) plus an array of Cube SATS.  This version of the Cygnus is the Enhanced Cygnus Pressurized Cargo Module (PCM) with an empty weight of 3,375 Kg, standing 639 cm tall (20 ft) and controlled with 32 thrusters.  After delivering supplies it will be reloaded with approximately 3,200 Kg of disposal cargo before departing the ISS.  The typical resupply mission carries crew provisions, food, scientific experiments, EVA supplies and vehicle hardware.  So what's in the OA-9 Cygnus?

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Dragon Capsule late-load on December 11, 2017.  Photo credit: May Ellen Jelen / We Report Space

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Anheuser-Busch InBev is sending two barley experiments on the SpaceX CRS-13 mission that might one day lead to a Budweiser brew pub on Mars. Dr. Gary Hanning discusses the challenges of brewing beyond Earth.

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Photo credit: Michael Seeley / We Report Space

SpaceX Re-flies Dragon Capsule for CRS-11

It was the 100th launch from Pad 39-A, but a Dragon capsule being re-used from CRS-4 was the star of the launch. At 5:07 PM EDT on June 3, 2017, SpaceX launched a Falcon-9 rocket with about 6,000 pounds of research equipment, cargo and supplies headed towards the International Space Station.

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