UPDATED: A Successful Arrival Today of the Cygnus Spacecraft at the ISS


UPDATED – TUESDAY-10am – The Cygnus spacecraft has arrived at the International Space Station. Orbital ATK officials say the arrival this morning is the start of a busy month for Cygnus as the spacecraft once again demonstrates its capability beyond cargo delivery and removal. Cygnus arrived early this morning with over 7400 pounds of cargo, supplies and scientific experiments. Frank Culbertson, President of Orbital ATK’s Space Systems Group says “On this mission, the ‘S.S. Gene Cernan’ Cygnus will act as an extension of the space station for the first time by supporting science experiments inside the cargo module while docked to the laboratory. Cygnus will then begin its secondary mission to deploy a record number of cubesats that will further demonstrate the spacecraft’s versatility and flexibility for our customers.” Cygnus will unberth on December 4th.


Image courtesy NASA-TV/Wallops Flight Facility

UPDATED – 7:30am – A successful launch of the Antares rocket carrying the Cygnus spacecraft headed to the International Space Station with supplies and more.

Antares waiting on the launch pad Sunday morning. Photo courtesy Wallops Flight Facility

SUNDAY – 5:25am – On the launchpad again at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at Wallops Flight Facility near Chincoteague, VA.  Countdown got underway around 1 this morning, so far, barring some high clouds things look green for a 7:14am launch of the Antares rocket and the resupply mission to the International Space Station.

Yesterday’s launch was scrubbed with about a minute before launch when a small plane flying at about 500 feet approximately 6 miles offshore of the launch zone.


Waiting for launch. Image courtesy WFF/NASA

UPDATED:  7:40am – This morning’s launch of an Antares rocket carrying a Cygnus cargo spacecraft was scrubbed after an aircraft was detected in the area of the launch pad.  With only a 5 minute launch window today, there was not enough time for the plane to get out of the area.  Wallops officials will try again tomorrow morning – at 7:14.  This is a resupply mission to the International Space Station – and the Cygnus spacecraft will carry over 7400 pounds of science and research, crew supplies and vehicle hardware to the ISS and its crew.


Wallops Island is prepared for blast off. A resupply mission to the international Space Station is scheduled to launch tomorrow morning. On Thursday the The Orbital ATK Antares rocket, with the Cygnus spacecraft aboard, was raised into the vertical position on launch the launch pad. Orbital ATK’s eighth contracted cargo resupply mission with NASA to the International Space Station will deliver 7,400 pounds of science and research, crew supplies and vehicle hardware to the orbital laboratory and its crew. The launch is scheduled for tomorrow morning at 7:37 and only has a 5 minute window to blast off.