Photo by Charlie Russell
It was another perfect launch from the Wallops Flight Facility Saturday morning. The launch sent the Cygnus spacecraft with its 8200 plus pounds of cargo to the International Space Station. The spacecraft is scheduled to arrive at the ISS at approximately 4:00 Monday morning.
This is the twelfth successful launch of cargo to the International Space Station from Wallops. The current contract calls for six additional Cygnus cargo missions to be launched from Wallops.
Earlier this year, NASA announced its selection of Northrop Grumman for a sole-source contract to build and launch the Habitation and Logistics Outpost, or HALO, module derived from the Cygnus spacecraft to join the Gateway station in 2023, a year before NASA hopes to attempt a crewed lunar landing.
The first piece of the Gateway, a power and propulsion element built by Maxar, is scheduled to launch in 2022