Northrop Grumman’s rocket will carry more than 4 tons of supplies to the International Space Station for at least one day after a fire alarm in its mission control center was lifted on the first day of launch (Nov. 6).
The Antares rocket was about 10 minutes away from its planned liftoff at 5:50 am EST (1050 GMT) from NASA’s Wallops facility on Wallops Island, Virginia, when Northrop Grumman called off the flight. A fire alarm at the company’s headquarters in nearby Dulles, Virginia, forced the evacuation of the building, preventing managers from issuing a permit.
“Our thoughts are with the crew, their safety is paramount, so we’re going to try again tomorrow,” NASA spokeswoman Chelsey Ballarte said in a live interview. The lift is now Monday, November 6, at 5:27 am EST (1027 GMT). You can watch the Swan cargo launch live on Space.com, courtesy of NASA TV, starting at 5 am EST (1000 GMT).
Northrop Grumman will use its Antares rocket to launch an unmanned NG-18 Cygnus spacecraft to the International Space Station on a mission to deliver more than 8,200 pounds (3,720 kilograms) of supplies to the astronaut lab. The 18th cargo mission is a NASA by Northrop Grumman.
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The launch vehicle is also Northrop Grumman’s heaviest delivery, with the company predicting about 44 pounds (20 kg) of additions due to the accuracy of the launch system. Among his prized possessions are a bioprinter that will try to print human knee cartilage in space and cow ovarian cells to study how the weight of gravity affects cell growth.
If all goes well, the NG-18 Cygnus cargo ship – named SS Sally Ride in honor of astronaut Sally Ride, the first American woman in space who died in 2012 – will arrive at the space station on Wednesday (Nov. 10).
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