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Цитировать NASA Wallops‏ @NASA_Wallops 18 окт.

Another milestone complete! The Cygnus cargo spacecraft is all fueled up. It is on schedule to launch to the @Space_Station aboard an Antares rocket on at 9:59 a.m. EDT. on Nov. 2.


Опять название корабля будет известно непосредственно перед пуском. 
Неужели большой конкурс на имена, раз не могут выбрать?


ЦитироватьNG-12 Update and Naming Announcement

 Northrop Grumman

24 окт. 2019 г.

Frank DeMauro, VP and GM, Space Systems Division, Northrop Grumman, provides an overview of our upcoming cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station. He also announces the name of this mission's Cygnus spacecraft, in keeping with the company's tradition of honoring individuals who have made a significant impact on the aerospace industry. (3:05)

ЦитироватьMission Update: NG-12 Space Station Cargo Resupply

Launch Date: NET November 2, 2019

Launch Site: MARS Pad 0A, Wallops Flight Facility, Virginia

Mission Customer: NASA

Mission Update

Northrop Grumman will launch its 12th cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station no earlier than November 2, 2019 from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. This mission will mark the first launch under the company's CRS-2 contract with NASA.

Additional launch information will become available as the launch date approaches. Get live mission updates on our social media accounts: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

About Antares

Designed to provide responsive and low-cost access to space, Antares is a two-stage vehicle (with optional third stage) that provides low-Earth orbit (LEO) launch capability for payloads weighing up to 8,000 kg. Internally funded by Northrop Grumman, Antares completed a risk reduction mission and a demonstration of commercial re-supply services for the International Space Station (ISS) under a NASA Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) agreement in 2013. Northrop Grumman commenced delivery of cargo to the ISS under the NASA Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract in 2014.

About Cygnus

Cargo is delivered to the station using Northrop Grumman's Cygnus spacecraft. The Cygnus spacecraft consists of two modules: the Service Module (SM) which incorporates the avionics, propulsion and power systems from Northrop Grumman's flight proven LEOStar and GEOStar spacecraft buses; and the Pressurized Cargo Module (PCM) which carries the crew supplies, spares and scientific experiments. The SM is integrated and tested at Northrop Grumman's Dulles, Virginia satellite manufacturing facility. The PCM is supplied by Thales Alenia Space and is produced in Turin Italy.

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Cygnus NG-12 назван в честь астронавта Алана Бина (1932-2018, Аполлон-12, 1969, Скайлэб-3, 1973)



Полигон готов к пуску Лебедя на Антаресе


ЦитироватьOct. 25, 2019

Watch the November 2 Antares Launch from Wallops

The numerical values in each colored circle indicate the time (in seconds) after liftoff. This value can be used to determine when the rocket becomes visible within the associated colored region. Viewing availability is based on clear weather conditions.

November 2 will provide the opportunity to view a day launch of Northrop Grumman's Antares rocket launch from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility.

The NASA Wallops Flight Facility and Virginia's Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport are set to support the launch of the Antares rocket, carrying the company's Cygnus cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station at 9:59 a.m. EDT, Saturday, November 2.

The launch may be visible, weather permitting, to residents throughout the mid-Atlantic region and possibly the East Coast of the United States.


If you can't make it to the Wallops area to view the launch you can still partake in the experience through the Wallops Mission Status Center. There you will find information about the mission and links to live countdown audio as well as live video of the launch. Live coverage of the mission is scheduled to begin at 5 a.m. on the Wallops video and audio Ustream sites.

The Status Center can be reached using a smartphone, computer or tablet using most web browsers. By clicking the tracking link on the Status Center, you can find when you may be able to see the rocket in flight and use your device to find the viewing direction to see the rocket streak across the early morning sky.

Launch updates will be available via the Wallops Facebook and Twitter sites:

Launch coverage on NASA TV will begin at 9:30 a.m. EDT. For NASA TV streaming video, downlink and scheduling information, visit:

By Keith Koehler
NASA's Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, Va.

Last Updated: Oct. 25, 2019
Editor: Patrick Black

ЦитироватьOct. 25, 2019

NASA Television Coverage Set for Cygnus Resupply Mission to International Space Station

A Northrop Grumman Antares rocket carrying a Cygnus resupply spacecraft is seen during sunrise on Pad-0A April 16, 2019 at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Northrop Grumman's 12th contracted cargo resupply mission with NASA to the International Space Station will launch around 8,200 pounds of science and research, crew supplies and vehicle hardware to the orbital laboratory and its crew Nov. 2, 2019.
Credits: NASA/Bill Ingalls

NASA commercial cargo provider Northrop Grumman is scheduled to launch its next resupply mission to the International Space Station at 9:59 a.m. EDT Saturday, Nov. 2. NASA's prelaunch coverage will air live on NASA Television and the agency's website beginning Friday, Nov. 1.

Loaded with around 8,200 pounds of research, crew supplies, and hardware, Northrop Grumman's 12th commercial resupply mission for the space station will launch on the company's Cygnus cargo spacecraft on an Antares rocket from Virginia Space's Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility.

The Cygnus spacecraft, dubbed the SS Alan Bean, is named after the late Apollo and Skylab astronaut who died on May 26, 2018, at the age of 86. This Cygnus will launch 50 years to the month after Bean, Pete Conrad and Dick Gordon flew to the Moon on NASA's Apollo 12 mission, during which Bean became the fourth human to walk on the lunar surface. Bean was the lunar module pilot aboard Intrepid with mission commander Conrad when they landed on Moon at the Ocean of Storms on Nov. 19, 1969.

With a Nov. 2 launch, the Cygnus spacecraft will arrive at the space station Monday, Nov. 4 at about 5:45 a.m., Expedition 61 NASA astronaut Jessica Meir will grapple the spacecraft using the station's robotic arm. She will be backed up by NASA astronaut Christina Koch. After Cygnus capture, ground controllers will command the station's arm to rotate and install Cygnus on the bottom of the station's Unity module.

Complete NASA TV coverage of activities is as follows:

Friday, Nov. 1
  • 11:30 a.m. – What's on Board science briefing
    • Pete Hasbrook, manager of International Space Station Program Science Office at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston
    • Liz Warren, associate program scientist with the U.S. National Lab
    • Sam Ting, Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer-02 (AMS-2) principal investigator at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, and Ken Bollweg, AMS project manager at Johnson
    • Kathleen Coderre, principal investigator for AstroRad Vest at Lockheed Martin Space, Littleton, Colorado, and Oren Milstein, co-founder and chief scientific officer for StemRad
    • Alessandro Grattoni, chairman of the Department of NanoMedicine at the Houston Methodist Research Institute, and Maurizio Geggiani, chief technology officer at Automobili Lamborghini, for the CraigX Flight Test Platform
    • Mary Murphy, senior internal payloads manager for the Zero-G Oven at Nanoracks LLC in Washington

    [/li][li]2:30 p.m. – Prelaunch news conference
    • Kirk Shireman, manager of NASA's International Space Station Program at Johnson
    • Pete Hasbrook
    • Jeff Reddish, Wallops Range Antares project manager
    • Frank DeMauro, vice president and general manager of Space Systems at Northrop Grumman
    • Kurt Eberly, Antares vice president at Northrop Grumman
    [/li][/LIST]Saturday, Nov. 2
    • 9:30 a.m. – Launch coverage begins for a 9:59 a.m. liftoff
    Monday, Nov. 4
    • 4:10 a.m. – Coverage of Cygnus capture with the space station's robotic arm
    • 6:30 a.m. – Cygnus installation operations coverage

    The Cygnus spacecraft is scheduled to remain at the space station until Jan. 13, 2020, when it will depart the station, deploy Nanoracks customer CubeSats, deorbit and dispose of several tons of trash during a fiery re-entry into Earth's atmosphere around Jan. 31.

    This will be the first mission under Northrop Grumman's Commercial Resupply Services-2 contract with NASA, for which the company will fly a minimum of six missions to the International Space Station through 2024.


    Last Updated: Oct. 25, 2019
    Editor: Karen Northon

    ЦитироватьNorthrop Grumman Cargo Mission Set to Launch More ISS National Lab Payloads Than Ever Before

    OCTOBER 24, 2019

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER (FL), October 24, 2019 – More than 20 separate payloads sponsored by the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory will launch to the orbiting laboratory on Northrop Grumman's 12th commercial resupply services mission. This will mark the largest number of ISS National Lab-sponsored payloads on a Northrop Grumman resupply mission to date. The payloads launching on the Cygnus vehicle include investigations fr om a wide variety of private-sector companies seeking to leverage the unique environment of the ISS National Lab to enhance products and therapies on Earth. The launch is slated for no earlier than November 2 at 9:59 a.m. EST from Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

    With the payloads launching on this mission, more than 70 separate payloads will have made their way to the ISS National Lab this year—70% of which represent private-sector users. Additionally, 2019 has been a prolific year for research conducted on station, with ISS National Lab-sponsored investigations exceeding the ISS National Lab's 50% allocation of crew time dedicated to conducting experiments onboard the space station.

    Building on this record-setting year for research on the orbiting laboratory, below highlights some of the payloads launching on this mission:

    AstroRad Vest
    This project from Lockheed Martin Corporation (in collaboration with StemRad) will test the performance of the AstroRad radiation shielding vest on crew members onboard the ISS. The AstroRad vest selectively protects organs most sensitive to radiation exposure—with a focus on protecting stem cell concentrations within those organs. Knowledge gained from this investigation could aid in the development of shielding technologies for patients on Earth receiving radiation treatments and personnel who work in areas wh ere radiation exposure is a risk.

    Investigation of Deep Audio Analytics on the International Space Station
    This project from Astrobotic aims to validate a novel technology from Bosch USA Research called Deep Audio Analytics (DAA) that transforms audio patterns into actionable information. DAA can be used to monitor machines, environments, and critical infrastructure by "making sense" of the distinctive audio patterns emitted. Market data indicates that this technology has high market potential in several business verticals, including machine monitoring, infrastructure, healthcare, security solutions, smart homes, and smart factories.

    Study of Lamborghini's Carbon Fiber Composites for Aerospace Applications
    This investigation seeks to leverage the extreme environment of space to test the performance of proprietary carbon fiber materials developed by Automobili Lamborghini. The research team will assess the ability of the materials, which include forged and 3D-printed carbon fiber composites, to withstand exposure to temperature fluctuations, radiation, and atomic oxygen. This project is being done in collaboration with the Houston Methodist Research Institute, which seeks to leverage knowledge gained from this advanced materials study to enhance technologies for implantable drug delivery devices for patients on Earth.

    Microgravity as a Disrupter of the 12-hour Circatidal Clock (Rodent Research-14)
    This rodent research experiment from Baylor College of Medicine aims to explore the role of regulatory genes in metabolic disorders such as liver disease, diabetes, and other illnesses associated with obesity. In addition to the circadian rhythm that governs biological functions in a 24-hour cycle, many genes involved in metabolism oscillate over a 12-hour cycle called the circatidal rhythm, particularly under conditions of cellular stress. This circatidal clock functions even when circadian rhythm is disrupted. Characterizing circatidal gene expression in mouse tissues such as the liver under the stress of spaceflight may inform methods for modulating these gene pathways for the treatment of metabolic disorders in humans on Earth.

    Also included on this mission are multiple hardware systems and technical platforms seeking validation for future use on station. Craig Technologies seeks to validate its CraigX Flight Test Platform, which will be mounted to the exterior of the space station, providing users with an additional platform to test samples in the extreme environment of space (Lamborghini's investigation will be part of this validation). Made In Space is sending its Commercial Polymer Recycling Facility to demonstrate the facility's plastic recycling capabilities on station to improve efficiency and process excess plastic material into a uniform feedstock suitable for use in additive manufacturing. Lastly, NanoRacks will launch its Zero-G Oven to explore new avenues of food production in space.

    This is a snapshot of the more than 20 payloads launching to the orbiting laboratory on this mission under the sponsorship of the ISS National Lab. To learn about all ISS National Lab investigations flying on Northrop Grumman's 12th commercial resupply services mission to the space station, please visit our Northrop Grumman CRS-12 launch page.

    Media Contacts:        
    ISS National Laboratory
    Patrick O'Neill

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    24 октября в 23:45 · 

    Patch for the next Antares flight with the Cygnus cargo capsule for ISS.


    NASA logo for Northrop Grumman's NG-12 Cygnus, the first Commercial Resupply Services (CRS)-2 mission


    P.S. Сорри, никогда не прикреплял здесь картинки, но в новой вкладке открывается :(


    Цитировать Brady Kenniston‏ @TheFavoritist 3 ч. назад

    The @northropgrumman NG-12 first stage booster and Castor 30XL second stage that will take Cygnus into orbit this week!

    Be on the lookout for my coverage of the Antares mission to the International Space Station for @NASASpaceflight. It's going to be a good one




    ЦитироватьOct. 28, 2019

    Tiny NASA Satellite Will Soon See 'Rainbows' In Clouds

    NASA's next attempt to map invisible specks in the atmosphere that impact climate change and air quality started from a window seat over the Pacific.

    Vanderlei Martins, a professor at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, was flying across the Pacific Ocean a few years ago when he looked out the window and decided to photograph the bright white clouds floating by. On a whim, he took out a polarizer, similar to a sunglasses lens, and rotated it in front of his camera as he snapped photos. The result? "I saw rainbows in the clouds," Martins said.

    This dynamic view of clouds sparked an idea for a tiny satellite that will launch on Nov. 2 from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Virginia, to the International Space Station. From there it will be released into Earth orbit.

    This NASA-funded CubeSat will collect vital information about clouds and aerosols, tiny particles in the atmosphere that can act as nuclei on which cloud droplets and ice particles form. These measurements will help us better understand how aerosol particles impact weather, climate and air quality.

    The Hyper-Angular Rainbow Polarimeter (HARP) CubeSat is about the size of a hearty loaf of bread. It will be the first attempt to put a polarimeter, which measures the polarization of light, aboard a CubeSat. HARP could pave the way for future NASA missions involving a constellation of little satellites peering down at clouds and aerosols, Martins said. NASA's Earth Science Technology Office is funding HARP under the In-Space Validation of Earth Science Technologies program. Martin in the principal investigator of the mission.

    "HARP, as the first multiangle wide field-of-view cloud-aerosol CubeSat mission, is a great example of how a creative and innovative team can advance new technologies for atmospheric science observations," said Charles Norton, special advisor for small spacecraft missions at NASA Headquarters in Washington.

    An artistic rendering of HARP's wide field of view of aerosols below.
    Credits: NASA/SDL/UMBC

    Cloudy with a chance of rainbows

    Naturally produced aerosols, like volcanic smoke, desert dust and sea spray, and human-made aerosols, like smoke from land-clearing fires and sulfate from burning coal and oil, may be invisible to the human eye, but their presence can cast a haze and create bright red sunsets. Aerosols can contribute to poor air quality and impact human health by causing asthma and bronchitis as well as more serious respiratory illnesses.

    Aerosols can also alter Earth's energy balance by reflecting sunlight back into space and altering cloud particles, which also reflect and absorb sunlight. The more light an aerosol reflects, the more it cools the atmosphere; the more light it absorbs, the more it warms the atmosphere. Generally, higher concentrations of aerosol particles lead to more, but smaller, cloud droplets that cause a cloud to brighten and keep it from producing rain. These bright, long-lasting clouds are able to reflect more sunlight and cool the Earth's system.

    Once in orbit, HARP will filter light into four wavelengths and rotate that light to three polarization angles, using its prism. Just as polarized sunglasses help block bright light to help you see when it's sunny, HARP can block certain wavelengths and make observations from many angles. This reveals otherwise hidden properties of clouds and aerosols, like the amount and type of aerosols in the atmosphere as well as the size of water droplets or ice particles inside clouds. "Every time HARP flies over a region, we see that region from multiple perspectives," Martins said.

    It will also be able to determine how much light is scattered by aerosol particles, said Henrique Barbosa, a professor and scientist with the University of São Paulo in São Paulo, Brazil. "HARP will be able to provide much more information about the microphysical properties of aerosols than was previously available," said Barbosa, who is collaborating with Martins on HARP and other projects.

    However, the team will need to strategically determine when HARP will collect data because it's a CubeSat with limited power and data capabilities, Barbosa said. For instance, once HARP is in orbit, he would like to have it collect data over the Amazon to learn more about the impact of the ongoing Brazilian Amazon rainforest fires, which have been much larger and more intense than in previous years.

    Smoke from the Amazon fires includes soot and aerosols, which can all impact weather and climate. Aerosols from burning biomass to clear land are smaller than natural aerosols. With HARP, scientists could determine whether clouds have smaller, pollution-driven droplets, or larger, naturally derived droplets. HARP's data could also be combined with ground-based observations and experiments to better extrapolate those results and reveal aerosol processes across a wider region, Barbosa said.

    The three HARPs

    Martins may have started with the idea for HARP as a CubeSat, but before the tiny satellite could launch, it had two siblings: AirHARP and HARP2.

    AirHARP used the same polarimeter technology as HARP but flew aboard two aircraft rather than a satellite in 2017. AirHARP was part of the Lake Michigan Ozone Measurements campaign, which involved a NASA UC12 plane, and the NASA Aerosol Characterization from Polarimeter and Lidar campaign, which obtained aerosol and clouds measurements over the U.S. from the NASA high-altitude ER-2 aircraft.

    "We were able to simulate what HARP would do from space," Barbosa said of AirHARP's flights. The airborne version helped Barbosa and Martins develop procedures and algorithms that will eventually help download and digest HARP's data.

    However, unlike AirHARP, which was on a set flight path, HARP cannot be controlled once in space. "Once the CubeSat leaves the space station, its course is whatever it will be, and that's it," Barbosa said. Once scientists on the ground make contact with the orbiting HARP, they can predict its orbit and turn it on and off when they want to take a measurement over a particular region, but they can't alter its course.

    HARP2, on the other hand, will be a much more powerful version of HARP. HARP2 will fly with NASA's Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem (PACE) mission, which is currently under development and plans to improve NASA's over 20-year record of satellite observations of global ocean biology, aerosols and clouds. Since PACE is a much larger spacecraft with more power capabilities and a much larger team behind it, HARP2 will be able to operate all the time and collect significantly more science data than HARP.

    "The HARP CubeSat has perfect timing," Martins said. "Once we launch it and we get data from it, we will use that data to prepare for HARP2," he continued.

    Active fire detections in Brazil as observed by the Terra and Aqua MODIS satellites between August 15-22, 2019. The locations of the fires, shown in orange, have been overlain on nighttime imagery acquired by VIIRS. In these data, cities and towns appear white; forested areas appear black; and tropical savannas and woodland (known in Brazil as Cerrado) appear gray.
    Credits: NASA Earth Observatory

    The little CubeSat that finally could

    Although Martins is already planning for the next iteration of HARP, the first almost didn't happen.

    "I want to get as much science as possible," Martins said, but collecting that much data with a CubeSat is challenging. "HARP is the most technology dense three unit CubeSat we've ever attempted," said Tim Neilsen, the HARP program manager at Space Dynamics Laboratory (SDL) in Logan, Utah. Martins built the instruments and SDL built the CubeSat.

    HARP Systems Engineer Ryan Martineau (left) and Thermal Vacuum Specialist Brittany Woytko configure HARP's spacecraft in a thermal vacuum chamber at the Space Dynamics Laboratory in Logan, Utah. Woytko is connecting several temperature sensors to the spacecraft to monitor the instrument during testing. Once the door is shut on the chamber, it loses its air and simulates the vacuum of space. The chamber also heats and cools the spacecraft through several cycles to simulate the extreme hot and cold temperatures the spacecraft will pass through on orbit.
    Credits: SDL

    As HARP's launch approaches, and new opportunities to see and study aerosols draw near, Martins is excited but a little nervous. "Once it launches, you can't touch it anymore," Martins said.

    HARP is a joint effort between the University of Maryland Baltimore County, Utah State University's Space Dynamics Laboratory, Science and Technology Corporation.

    By: Elizabeth Goldbaum
    NASA Earth Science Technology Office

    Last Updated: Oct. 28, 2019
    Editor: Sara Blumberg


    Цитировать NASA Wallops‏ @NASA_Wallops 22 мин. назад

    Meanwhile, back in Virginia...

    An Antares rocket and Cygnus cargo spacecraft departed the Horizontal Integration Facility and arrived at launch pad 0A.

    : NASA/Bill Ingalls


    Цитировать NASA HQ PHOTO‏ @nasahqphoto 29 мин. назад

    The @NorthropGrumman Antares rocket is rolled out to the @NASA_Wallops launch pad. Launch to the International Space Station is planned for 9:59 a.m. EDT Saturday, Nov. 2.