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NASA TV Coverage Set for Nov. 15 Cygnus Launch to International Space Station

WASHINGTON, Nov. 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- NASA's commercial partner Northrop Grumman is scheduled to launch its Antares rocket, carrying the Cygnus cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station, at 4:49 a.m. EST Thursday, Nov. 15. The launch, as well as briefings preceding and following the launch, will air live on NASA Television and the agency's website

Northrop Grumman's Antares rocket for its 10th commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station is seen on the left Nov. 4, 2018, in the Horizontal Integration Facility at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore. The CRS-10 Cygnus spacecraft is shown in the middle of the facility, and the Antares CRS-11 rocket scheduled to launch in spring 2019 is on the right.

Loaded with 7,500 pounds of research, crew supplies and hardware, this 10th commercial resupply mission for Northrop Grumman will launch from Virginia Space's Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility.

About 70 minutes after launch, an automated command will initiate deployment of the spacecraft's solar arrays. Full deployment will take approximately 30 minutes.

The Cygnus spacecraft, dubbed the SS John Young, will arrive at the space station Sunday, Nov. 18. At about 4:35 a.m., Expedition 57 Flight Engineer Serena Auñón-Chancellor of NASA will grapple the spacecraft using the station's robotic arm. She will be backed up by Alexander Gerst of ESA (European Space Agency), who will monitor Cygnus systems during its approach. After capture, ground controllers will command the robotic arm to rotate and install Cygnus on the bottom of the station's Unity module.

Complete coverage of launch activities is as follows:

Tuesday, Nov. 13:

  • 2 p.m. – What's on Board science briefing
    • Tara Ruttley, associate chief scientist for Microgravity Research in NASA's Office of the Chief Scientist
    • Diane Risdon, In-Space Manufacturing Refabricator project lead at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center
    • Liz Warren, associate program scientist for the station's National Lab
    • Allison Porter, flight mission manager at Tethers Unlimited
    • Michelle Lucas, founder and president of Higher Orbits
    • Student researchers with Higher Orbits

Wednesday, Nov. 14:

  • 11 a.m. – Prelaunch news conference
    • Joel Montalbano, International Space Station Program deputy manager at NASA's Johnson Space Center
    • Tara Ruttley
    • Doug Voss, deputy chief of the Range and Mission Management Office at Wallops
    • Frank DeMauro, vice president for Human Space Systems and Logistics at Northrop Grumman
    • Kurt Eberly, Antares vice president at Northrop Grumman

Thursday, Nov. 15:

  • 4:15 a.m. – Launch coverage begins
  • 5:45 a.m. – Cygnus solar array deployment
  • 7 a.m. – Postlaunch news conference
    • Joel Montalbano
    • Frank DeMauro
    • Kurt Eberly

Sunday, Nov. 18

  • 3 a.m. – Grapple of Cygnus with the space station's robotic arm
  • 6:15 a.m. – Cygnus installation operations

Media registration for the launch and associated activities is closed. However, media may participate via phone in the What's on Board briefing and prelaunch and postlaunch news conferences. Media interested in participating must contact Stephanie Schierholz at [email protected] for call details.

Media already registered to attend launch activities at Wallops can get more information on schedules, facility hours of operation, remote camera setup, and more at:

https://go.nasa.gov/2z4Oj3k

The Cygnus spacecraft is scheduled to remain at the space station until Feb. 12, 2019, when it will depart, taking with it several tons of trash, and deploy several CubeSats before its fiery reentry into Earth's atmosphere.

Learn more about the Northrop Grumman CRS-10 mission by going to the mission home page at:

https://www.nasa.gov/northropgrumman

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