Cygnus NG-14 (CRS-14) - Antares-230+ - Wallops FF, MARS LP-0A - 30.09.2020 02:27 UTC

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Цитата Northrop Grumman @northropgrumman 46 мин. yfpfl

Preparations are underway at @NASA_Wallops for the NG-14 #Cygnus spacecraft launch aboard our #Antares rocket targeted for Sept 29.


ЦитатаELaNa 31
Date: September 7, 2020
Mission:  NG-14 - Antares, Wallops Flight Facility, VA
3 CubeSat Missions scheduled to be deployed

  • BobCat-1 - Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
  • NEUTRON-1 - University of Hawaii-Mānoa, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • SPOC - University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia


ЦитатаAug. 6, 2020

Northrop Grumman Cygnus Cargo Module Mated to Service Module for Fall Launch


The Northrop Grumman Cygnus cargo module is mated with its service module July 31 at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in preparation for launch this fall on the company's Antares rocket. The mission will carry supplies, equipment and experiments to the International Space Station. Photo: NASA/Lee Wingfield

Last Updated: Aug. 6, 2020
Editor: Patrick Black


Цитата Chris G - NSF @ChrisG_NSF 3 ч. назад

Launch out of Wallops/MARS on #Antares on 29 Sept. would come at approx. 22:20 EDT. (10:20 pm EDT, 02:20 UTC on 30 Sept)... pending any Station orbit adjustments to align for #SoyuzMS17 launch / #SoyuzMS16 landing.


ЦитатаMission: CRS-14/NG-14
Vehicle: Antares
Time: 10:26 p.m. EDT
Date: Sep. 29, 2020
30 сентябряя 2020 г. в 02:26 UTC / 05:26 ДМВ


Цитата Nanoracks @Nanoracks 1 сент.

While #COVID19 has caused so many challenges, we're proud to have safely completed integration for our next #CubeSat mission launching on #NG14 with @northropgrumman from @NASA_Wallops. @SpireGlobal, your flexibility and determination are astounding. We Фиолетовое сердце our customers! #ISS


ЦитатаSept. 1, 2020

NASA Invites Media to Northrop Grumman's September Antares Launch from Virginia

The Northrop Grumman Antares rocket, with Cygnus resupply spacecraft onboard, launches from Pad-0A, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Northrop Grumman's 14th contracted cargo resupply mission for NASA to the International Space Station will deliver science and research, crew supplies and vehicle hardware to the orbital laboratory and its crew.
Credits: NASA/Joel Kowsky

Media accreditation is open for the launch from Virginia of Northrop Grumman's 14th commercial resupply services mission to deliver NASA science investigations, supplies, and equipment to the [iurl=]International Space Station
aboard its Cygnus spacecraft.

Northrop Grumman is targeting liftoff of its Antares launch vehicle for no earlier than 10:26 p.m. EDT Tuesday, Sept. 29, from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport's Pad-0A at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Virginia.


Each resupply mission to the station delivers scientific investigations in the areas of biology and biotechnology, Earth and space science, physical sciences, and technology development and demonstrations.

Highlights of space station research facilitated by this Cygnus are:
  • Assessment of Nutritional Value and Growth Parameters of Space-grown Plants (Plant Habitat-02), which will cultivate radishes in the Advanced Plant Habitat facility as a model plant that is nutritious and edible. The ability to reliably grow nutritionally-valuable food crops in space which will be critical for NASA's human exploration of the Moon and Mars
  • The Universal Waste Management System (UWMS) that will demonstrate the technology for a compact toilet for astronauts to use on deep-space exploration missions
  • The Leveraging Microgravity to Screen Onco-selective Messenger RNAs for Cancer Immunotherapy (Onco-Selectors) investigation to leverage microgravity to test a biologic drug that could be used for the treatment of leukemia
  • An investigation from the University of Puerto Rico to test oxidation of ammonia in microgravity as a potential means of producing water and energy for future long-term space missions
  • A 360 degree virtual reality camera from Montreal-based film studio Felix & Paul, which is set to be taken outside the space station to capture a spacewalk in cinematic virtual reality

Cargo resupply from U.S. companies ensures a national capability to deliver critical science research to the space station, significantly increasing NASA's ability to conduct new investigations at the only laboratory in space.


Last Updated: Sept. 2, 2020
Editor: Sean Potter


Цитата NASA Wallops @NASA_Wallops 2 сент.

The #Cygnus spacecraft carrying supplies for astronauts aboard the @Space_Station makes its final journey before it's integrated into the @northropgrumman #Antares vehicle later this month. The #NG14 launch is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 29, at 10:26 p.m. EDT.







ЦитатаAbout the Mission

Northrop Grumman is proud to name the NG-14 Cygnus spacecraft after former astronaut Kalpana Chawla. It is the company's tradition to name each Cygnus after an individual who has played a pivotal role in human spaceflight. Chawla was selected in honor of her prominent place in history as the first woman of Indian descent to go to space.

Kalpana bio

ЦитатаS.S. Kalpana Chawla
NG-14 Cargo Delivery Mission to the International Space Station

Northrop Grumman is proud to name the NG-14 Cygnus spacecraft after former astronaut
Kalpana Chawla. It is the company's tradition to name each Cygnus after an individual
who has played a pivotal role in human spaceflight. Chawla was selected in honor of her
prominent place in history as the first woman of Indian descent to go to space.

Kalpana Chawla was born in Karnal, Haryana, India on March 17, 1962. She received a
Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical engineering from Punjab Engineering College
in India in 1982. Chawla then moved to the United States to pursue her graduate education;
in 1984 she received a Master's degree in aerospace engineering from the University of
Texas, and a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from the University of Colorado in 1988. She
held commercial pilot's licenses for single- and multi-engine airplanes, seaplanes and
gliders, and was also a certified flight instructor.

Chawla began her career at NASA in 1988 as a powered-lift computational fluid dynamics
researcher at the Ames Research Center in California. Her work concentrated on the
simulation of complex air flows encountered by aircraft flying in "ground-effect." In 1993,
Chawla joined Overset Methods Inc. as vice president and a researcher in aerodynamics.

After becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen in April 1991, Chawla applied for the NASA
astronauts corps. She was selected in December 1994, and reported to the Johnson
Space Center in Houston in 1995 as an astronaut candidate in Group 15. In November
1996, Chawla was assigned as a mission specialist on STS-87 aboard the Space Shuttle
Columbia, becoming the first woman of Indian descent to fly in space.

Chawla's second spaceflight experience came in 2001 when she was selected for the
crew of STS-107. The flight was dedicated to science and research, with approximately 80
experiments completed.

Chawla, who devoted her entire life to understanding flight dynamics, lost her life during
the STS-107 mission when the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated upon reentering the
Earth's atmosphere. While Chawla made the ultimate sacrifice in service to the space
program, her legacy lives on through her fellow astronauts and those she has inspired
to follow in her footsteps. Her final research conducted onboard Columbia helped us
understand astronaut health and safety during spaceflight. Northrop Grumman is proud to
celebrate the life of Kalpana Chawla and her dream of flying through the air and in space.



Sept. 10, 2020

Watch the September 29 Antares Launch from Wallops

Spend a night with friends and family watching the launch of Northrop Grumman's Antares rocket at 10:27 p.m. EDT, Tuesday, September 29, from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility.

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

This will be Northrop Grumman's 14th commercial resupply services mission to deliver NASA science investigations, supplies and equipment to the International Space Station

The NASA Visitor Center at Wallops will not be open for this launch.

Viewing locations on Chincoteague Island include Robert Reed Park on Main Street or Beach Road spanning the area between Chincoteague and Assateague Islands. The beach at the Assateague Island National Seashore/Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge will not be open during the launch.

Live coverage of the mission countdown is scheduled to begin at approximately 5:30 p.m. on the Wallops Ustream site.

Launch coverage on NASA TV will begin at 10 p.m.  For NASA TV streaming video, downlink and scheduling information, visit:

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

Last Updated: Sept. 10, 2020
Editor: Patrick Black


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ЦитатаNorthrop Grumman's CRS-14 Mission to the International Space Station: What's on Board


22 сент. 2020 г. (10:32)



Sept. 22, 2020

Cygnus Carries Toilet, Cancer Research, VR Camera to Space Station on 14th Mission

A Northrop Grumman Cygnus resupply spacecraft soon heading to the International Space Station carries thousands of pounds of scientific investigations, technology demonstrations, commercial products, and other cargo. The company's 14th commercial resupply mission is scheduled to launch no earlier than Sept. 29 from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

Highlights of the payloads this Cygnus mission delivers to space include:

Identifying targeted cancer therapies

Scientists use many models and screening methods in efforts to develop more effective cancer drugs and reduce risks of harmful side effects. Leveraging Microgravity to Screen Onco-selective Messenger RNAs for Cancer Immunotherapy (Onco-Selectors) tests drugs based on messenger ribonucleic acids (mRNA) for treating leukemia. Found in all our cells, mRNA plays a role in the process of making proteins, and it can be different in healthy versus cancer cells. In normal gravity, the drugs to be tested are onco-selective, meaning they can tell cancer cells from healthy ones. Researchers expect any drugs that also demonstrate this trait in microgravity could make good candidates for safer, more effective, and affordable medicines to treat leukemia and other cancers. This could improve survival rates for thousands of people every year.

Improving how we 'go' in space

A new toilet headed to the space station has a number of features that improve on current space toilet operations and help us prepare for future missions, including those to the Moon and Mars. The Universal Waste Management System (UWMS) demonstrates a compact toilet and the Urine Transfer System (UTS) that further automates waste management and storage. Automated emptying of backup storage allows simultaneous use of both toilets on the space station, saving crew member time. A more reliable waste-disposal method makes things easier for the crew and allows them to focus on other activities such as research. The smaller footprint of the UWMS supports possible expansion of the number of crew members on the space station and planning for future exploration missions as well. Compact, efficient waste disposal technology also has potential applications in remote areas and those not served by traditional waste treatment systems on Earth and during disasters.

The new, compact toilet for the Universal Waste Management System (UWMS) launching to the space station on the NG-14 commercial resupply service mission.
Credits: NASA]

Adding radishes to the space salad

A new crop is headed to the space station. Researchers have conducted a number of studies on developing ways to produce food in space and help sustain crews on long-duration missions, including those to the Moon and Mars. Previous experiments have grown different types of lettuces and greens aboard the space station. The Assessment of Nutritional Value and Growth Parameters of Space-grown Plants (Plant Habitat-02) investigation adds radishes to the mix, cultivating seeds to see how different light and soil conditions affect growth. This model plant is nutritious, grows quickly (roughly four weeks from sowing to harvest), and is genetically similar to Arabidopsis, a plant frequently studied in microgravity. Findings could help optimize growth of the plants in space as well as provide an assessment of their nutrition and taste.

Crew members tested the lighting setup in the Advanced Plant Habitat in preparation for the arrival of the Plant Habitat-02. The Advanced Plant Habitat is equipped with white, red, blue, green, and far red LEDs, which allows researchers to vary lighting conditions.
Credits: NASA

Spacewalks in virtual reality

The International Space Station Experience (ISS Experience) is creating an immersive virtual reality (VR) series documenting life and research aboard the space station. Partnering with the ISS National Lab and Time, a team from Felix and Paul Studios launched a customized 360-degree camera to the space station in December 2018 that crew members have used to record a few hours every week. Felix and Paul and partner Nanoracks further modified an additional camera to withstand the extreme conditions of space and are launching it to use for filming a spacewalk. The camera went through a complex certification process to make it ready to be used in space outside the station. It also features special design elements to accommodate unique conditions such as variable light exposure due to the multiple sunsets and sunrises the station experiences each day as it orbits Earth about every 90 minutes. The camera will be mounted to the Canadarm2 and supervised by the NASA Roboteam and the extra-vehicular activity (EVA) group. The project plans to capture a spacewalk from start to finish as well as footage of Earth and the exterior of the space station for the final episodes of Space Explorers: The ISS Experience. The series premieres this fall on multiple platforms.

The ISS Experience camera, here being tested on the ground prior to launch, was designed to capture in 360 degrees a spacewalk from the space station.
Credits: Felix and Paul Studios/Time

Energy and water from waste

The investigation Elucidating the Ammonia Electrochemical Oxidation Mechanism via Electrochemical Techniques at the ISS (Ammonia Electrooxidation) examines a process for ammonia oxidation in microgravity. Ammonia is a small molecule made up of nitrogen and hydrogen. Oxidation is a reaction that breaks up these molecules, producing nitrogen gas, water, and energy. Ammonia oxidation could be used in space to produce water and energy by first converting the urea in human urine to ammonia. Both water and energy are critical needs on future long-term space missions. An electrochemical ammonia removal system could serve as an innovative water recovery system on long-duration missions to the Moon and Mars and provide vital drinkable water in remote and arid areas on Earth.

Camila Morales Navas, a chemistry Ph.D. student at the University of Puerto Rico, works on final preparation of hardware for the Ammonia Electrooxidation investigation.
Credits: University of Puerto Rico

Opening the space station to business

Estee Lauder's New Advanced Night Repair serum will be photographed in the space station's iconic cupola window as part of NASA's efforts to enable commercial activities at the space station and develop a robust low-Earth orbit economy. The imagery will be used on the brand's social media platforms. NASA is dedicating a modest amount of its crew time - just 5% - to providing expanded opportunities on the International Space Station for U.S. entities to propose activities to be conducted aboard the space station that meet one of three criteria: require the unique microgravity environment, have a nexus to the NASA mission, or support the development of a sustainable low-Earth orbit economy. These opportunities can help catalyze and expand space exploration markets for many businesses by demonstrating the value of conducting commercial activities in space. Any interested U.S. entity can submit a proposal under Focus Area 3 of the NASA Research Announcement.

Melissa Gaskill

International Space Station Program Research Office

Johnson Space Center

Last Updated: Sept. 22, 2020
Editor: Michael Johnson


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Цитата Stephen Clark @StephenClark1 6 ч. назад

F9/GPS III SV03 launch from pad 40 now set for next Tuesday. 32 minutes before Antares launch from Wallops.


23.09.2020 15:19:39 #19 Последнее редактирование: 23.09.2020 22:19:30 от tnt22

ЦитатаSept. 18, 2020

Boldly Go! NASA's New Space Toilet Offers More Comfort, Improved Efficiency for Deep Space Missions

It's the space-age old question: how do astronauts go to the bathroom in space? The most basic human biological processes becomes challenging off-planet due in part to the lack of gravity. NASA is launching a new space toilet, the Universal Waste Management System (UWMS), to the International Space Station on Northrop Grumman's 14th contract resupply mission in September. Another UWMS unit will be installed in Orion for the Artemis II flight test that will send astronauts on a 10-day mission beyond the Moon and back.

Credits: NASA

The "Universal" in UWMS is key: the central design concept can be easily integrated into different spacecraft and life support systems. On platforms like the space station where astronauts live and work for extended time periods, UWMS will feed pre-treated urine into a regenerative system, which recycles water for further use. For shorter duration missions, like Artemis II, UWMS also works with a system where waste is not pre-treated with chemicals and is simply stored for disposal. The toilet was designed to address astronaut feedback about comfort and ease of use. It also features a 65% smaller and 40% lighter build than the current space station toilet. Improved integration with other components of the space station water system will aid in recycling more urine, which, yes, the astronauts do drink after it is filtered and processed.

"We recycle about 90% of all water-based liquids on the space station, including urine and sweat," explains NASA astronaut Jessica Meir. "What we try to do aboard the space station is mimic elements of Earth's natural water cycle to reclaim water from the air. And when it comes to our urine on ISS, today's coffee is tomorrow's coffee!"

For privacy, the toilet is located inside of a stall just like in a public restroom on Earth. The dual-stall configuration that you see here has already been installed on the space station and will house the Waste Hygiene Compartment which is currently in use on the space station and UWMS during this technology demonstration.
Credits: NASA

The regenerative life support system on the space station is critical to reduce the need to launch supplemental water from Earth. Initial lunar missions will be shorter in duration, so these complex systems may not be necessary. Roundtrip missions to Mars, however, will take about two years and there will be no opportunities to top off the water supply. NASA's goal is to reach 98% recycling rates before the first human missions aboard a proposed Mars transport vehicle. The space station is currently the only in-space test location to validate long-term life support and recycling systems. 

How do space toilets work? 

In the absence of gravity, space toilets use air flow to pull urine and feces away from the body and into the proper receptacles. A new feature of the UWMS is the automatic start of air flow when the toilet lid is lifted, which also helps with odor control. By popular (astronaut) demand, it also includes a more ergonomic design requiring less clean-up and maintenance time, with corrosion-resistant, durable parts to reduce the likelihood of maintenance outside of the set schedule. Less time spent on plumbing means more time for the crew to spend on science and other high-priority exploration focused tasks. 

The crew use a specially shaped funnel and hose for urine and the seat for bowel movements. The funnel and seat can be used simultaneously, reflecting feedback from female astronauts. The UWMS seat may look uncomfortably small and pointy, but in microgravity it's ideal. It provides ideal body contact to make sure everything goes where it should.

A team member demonstrates lifting the urine hose out of its cradled position like a crew member would for use. A funnel (not shown) is attached to the open end of this hose and can then be easily replaced or removed for disinfection.
Credits: NASA

The UWMS includes foot restraints and handholds for astronauts to keep themselves from floating away. Everyone positions themselves differently while "going," and consistent astronaut feedback indicated that the traditional thigh straps were a hassle. 

Toilet paper, wipes, and gloves are disposed of in water-tight bags. Solid waste in individual water-tight bags is compacted in a removable fecal storage canister. A small number of fecal canisters are returned to Earth for evaluation, but most are loaded into a cargo ship that burns up on re-entry through Earth's atmosphere. Currently, fecal waste is not processed for water recovery, but NASA is studying this capability. 

"Going" beyond Earth

In space, every part of the water cycle is key for survival and advances in technology can make a pivotal difference in mission efficiency and success. As we prepare to return humans to the Moon with Artemis and look forward to the first human mission to Mars, life support systems will play a major role in keeping our astronauts healthy and safe as they live, work, and learn farther from Earth than ever before. 

Last Updated: Sept. 21, 2020
Editor: Darcy Elburn