With the first flight of the Commercial Resupply Services 2 (CRS2) contract for NASA, Northrop Grumman will debut an upgraded Antares rocket. The new Antares 230+ will permit greater up-mass capability to the International Space Station to meet the CRS2 contract requirements from NASA.
Launch of the NG-12 Cygnus mission from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport in Virginia is slated to occur at the opening of a 5-minute launch window at 09:59:46 EDT (13:59:46 UTC) on Saturday, 2 November 2019.
Starting the CRS2 contract:
The start of the CRS2 contract is a huge milestone for Northrop Grumman and NASA.
Northrop Grumman is the first of the three CRS2 providers to begin the contract flights, with SpaceX to follow in 2020 and Sierra Nevada in 2021.
For Northrop Grumman, the road to CRS2 has been one filled with success, lessons, and change.
“This is a special time for us,” noted Frank DeMauro, Vice President and General Manager of Space Systems Division at Northrop Grumman, in a one-on-one interview with NASASpaceflight.
“We’ve actually been working on the CRS2 contract for a few years now in preparation for this particular mission. On the Cygnus side, what’s been so rewarding for our team is ...