Northrop Grumman is preparing their next Cygnus vehicle, the S.S. Kalpana Chawla, and its Antares rocket for the NG-14 mission to the International Space Station. The flight will transport 3,551 kg (7,829 lbs) of cargo and science to the outpost, enabling a flurry of research when the four Crew-1 astronauts arrive at the Station in early November.
Liftoff of NG-14 is scheduled from Pad 0A at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (controlled by NASA’s Wallops range) in Virginia on Thursday, 1 October at 21:38 EDT (Friday, 2 October at 01:38 UTC).
First and foremost, NG-14 is tasked with delivering a host of pressurized cargo including science experiments, crew supplies, general maintenance equipment, and personal items to the Station.
The only remaining operational U.S. vehicle that does not dock to the International Space Station but rather berths, Cygnus will approach the outpost after a 2 day 7 hour rendezvous, assuming an on-time launch from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Thursday night local time.
Arriving on Sunday, 4 October, Cygnus will approach to within 10 meters below the International Space Station, during which NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy and Russian cosmonaut Ivan Vagner will operate the Station’s robotic arm, Canadarm2, to ...