Northrop Grumman to Launch 16th Cargo Delivery Mission to the International Space Station
Press release from: Northrop Grumman Company
Posted: Monday August 9 2021
Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) 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 be launched aboard the company’s Antares rocket, carrying approximately 8,200 pounds of supplies, equipment and experiments for astronauts aboard the station, the largest delivery of supplies from the company to date.
Antares is scheduled to launch on August 10 at 5:56 p.m. EDT from Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport 0A at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Cygnus is scheduled to meet the Space Station on August 12. Live coverage of the Antares launch and NG-16 docking with the station will be available on NASA television, the NASA app, and the agency website.
Each Cygnus spacecraft is named after an individual who has made a significant contribution to the US space program and human spaceflight. For mission NG-16, Cygnus commemorates Ellison Onizuka, the first American astronaut of Asian descent. After a long and successful career as a test pilot at the US Air Force Test Pilot School, Onizuka was selected to become a NASA astronaut in 1978 and carried out his first mission in 1985. In 1986, Onizuka and his crew took over. tragically lost his life during the launch of the space shuttle Challenger.
The SS 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.
An experimental mission from Northrop Grumman, the Space Development Agency (SDA), and the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) called Prototype Infrared Payload (PIRPL) is a payload on the Cygnus spacecraft. 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.
Details about the mission, as well as more information about Ellison Onizuka, can be found on Northrop Grumman’s website.
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