Northrop Grumman Innovation System’s (NGIS’s) Antares rocket is poised to send the NG-10 Cygnus, named the S.S. John Young, on its way to the International Space Station on Saturday morning from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport in Virginia. NGIS officials told NASASpaceflight that the mission’s Antares rocket is not affected by the company’s continued issues with their Pegasus rocket – despite a range of similar systems employed throughout the NGIS rocket family.
Liftoff of Antares is set for early Saturday morning, 17 November, at 04:01:22 EST (0901:22 UTC).
While Antares is not affected by Pegasus, Cygnus’ payload was, however, affected by last month’s crew Soyuz in-flight abort – with 11 CubeSats having to be removed from the Cygnus due to the realigned ISS vehicle launch schedule.
The NG-10 Antares and Cygnus – connection to Soyuz and Pegasus issues:
With its second and final flight of 2018 upon it, Antares stands ready to loft the S.S. John Young Cygnus up to the International Space Station with 3,268 kg (7,205 lb) of pressurized cargo and 82 kg (181 lb) of unpressurized cargo.
Launch is scheduled for Saturday morning after two weather delays from Thursday and Friday. NGIS engineers have completed final preparations for ...