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.

Antares Launch

A crowd gathers at Gargatha Landing to watch the Antares launch. Courtesy of Cara Burton.

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

Northrop Grumman Resupply Launch to International Space Station

LIVE ROCKET LAUNCH! 🚀On Sat., Nov. 2 at 9:59 a.m. EDT, Northrop Grumman Corporation's Antares rocket and Cygnus spacecraft are scheduled to launch from Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on a cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station. Cygnus will deliver around 8,200 pounds of research, supplies, and hardware to the orbiting laboratory, including supplies for upcoming spacewalks and student CubeSats. Tune in:

Posted by NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Saturday, November 2, 2019