NASA.gov Features Briefings on 4/16 & Cygnus Launch 4/17 to the ISS
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LAUNCH OF NORTHROP GRUMMAN CYGNUS ON CARGO RESUPPLY MISSION TO ISS – APRIL 17
Date/Time/Location: Wednesday, April 17, 4:46 p.m. EDT, Wallops Flight Facility, Virginia, on NASA TV and the agency’s website
NASA’s commercial partner Northrop Grumman is scheduled to launch its Antares rocket carrying its Cygnus cargo spacecraft to the international Space Station (ISS) at 4:46 p.m. EDT Wednesday, April 17. The launch, as well as briefings preceding and following liftoff, will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website. This will be Northrop Grumman’s 11th commercial resupply NASA-contracted mission. It will be loaded with 7,500 pounds of science and research, crew supplies and vehicle hardware. Two mission briefings are scheduled today, Tuesday, April 16:
At 2 p.m. (Eastern): "What's on Board" science briefing
At 4 p.m. (Eastern): Prelaunch news conference.
Two USIPs are scheduled to launch on April 17:
The University of Illinois CubeSat, Aerothermal Spectrometer (SASSI^2), flying in on the interstitial area of second stage of the Antares Rocket.
Virginia CubeSat Constellation mission, a collaborative project of the Virginia Space Grant Consortium and four of its member universities: Old Dominion University (ODU), Virginia Tech (VT), University of Virginia (UVA), and Hampton University (HU).