Wallops Launched Spacecraft Now Headed to the ISS


After 2 days of weather delays, the resupply mission to the International Space Station left the Wallops Flight Facility just after 4 this morning.  The Cygnus spacecraft is carrying 7,400 pounds of crew supplies, hardware and science to the International Space Station.  Included in the 2300 pounds of  science and research – a test of the first integrated 3D printer and recycler to turn waste plastic materials into high-quality 3D-printer filament to create tools and materials, a key capability for future long-duration space missions beyond low-Earth orbit.

Cygnus is expected to arrive at the orbital laboratory Monday, November 19. Expedition 57 astronauts Serena Auñón-Chancellor of NASA and Alexander Gerst of ESA (European Space Agency) will use the space station’s robotic arm to grapple Cygnus about 5:20am. Installation coverage will begin at 4am on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

Antares and Cygnus successfully launch from Wallops Island, VA

3…2…1… LIFTOFF! The Cygnus cargo spacecraft successfully launched from Pad-0A in Virginia. Next stop: The International Space Station. The 7,400 pounds of scientific experiments, supplies and holiday treats will arrive on station.

Posted by NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Saturday, November 17, 2018