Northrop Grumman set to launch 16th cargo delivery mission to ISS
by Staff Writers
Dulles VA (SPX) Aug 10, 2021
Northrop Grumman is set to launch the company's 16th resupply mission (NG-16) to the International Space Station under NASA's Commercial Resupply Services-2 (CRS-2) contract. For the NG-16 mission, the Cygnus spacecraft will launch aboard the company's Antares rocket, carrying approximately 8,200 pounds of supplies, equipment and experiments for the astronauts aboard the station-the company's largest resupply delivery to date.
Antares is set to launch Aug. 10 at 5:56 p.m. EDT from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport 0A at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Cygnus is scheduled to rendezvous with the Space Station on Aug. 12. Live coverage of the Antares launch and NG-16 berthing with the station will be available on NASA TV, the NASA app, and the agency's website.
Each Cygnus spacecraft is named in honor of an individual who has made significant contributions to the U.S. space program and human spaceflight. For the NG-16 mission, Cygnus commemorates Ellison Onizuka, the first Asian American astronaut.
After a long and successful career as a test pilot at the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School, Onizuka was selected to become a NASA astronaut in 1978 and flew his first mission in 1985. In 1986, Onizuka and his crew tragically lost their lives during the launch of Space Shuttle Challenger.
The S.S. Ellison Onizuka will remain attached to the ISS for approximately three months before departing with up to 8,221 pounds (approximately 3,729 kilograms) of disposal cargo.
Riding as a payload on the Cygnus spacecraft is a Northrop Grumman, Space Development Agency (SDA) and Missile Defense Agency (MDA) experimental mission called the Prototype Infrared Payload (PIRPL).
Upon arrival at the Space Station, PIRPL will begin collecting infrared data and expanding detection capabilities that will aid in the development of algorithms for the next generation of tracking satellites.
ISSRDC to highlight opportunities within biomanufacturing in space
Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Aug 03, 2021
The 2021 International Space Station Research and Development Conference (ISSRDC) will feature a fireside chat on biomanufacturing in space. Gary Rodrigue, director of programs and partnerships at the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), will moderate a discussion with Dr. William Wagner, director of the University of Pittsburgh's McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine. The discussion will focus on the value of space-based biomanufacturing and the critical role of the orbiting la ... read more
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