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Dual American Launches Planned for Friday Night

2 Oct 2020, 15:28 UTC
Dual American Launches Planned for Friday Night
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Antares on the launch pad. (Credit: NASA webcast)

Northrop Grumman’s Antares and SpaceX’s Falcon 9 boosters are scheduled to launch less than 30 minutes apart on Friday night, providing spectacular light shows for residents along the U.S. East Coast.

Antares is set to launch a Cygnus resupply ship to the International Space Station (ISS) from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport in Virginia at 9:16 p.m. EDT. The cargo vehicle would reach ISS early on Monday morning.

NASA TV will begin live coverage of the Antares launch on its website at 8:45 p.m. EDT.

A launch attempt was scrubbed with less than three minutes to go due to a software issue involving ground equipment that has been corrected, Northrop Grumman tweeted.

Falcon 9 is scheduled for launch the GPS III-4 navigation satellite from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 9:43 p.m. EDT. The launch has a 15-minute window.

The SpaceX webcast of its launch will begin about 15 minutes prior to scheduled liftoff.

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