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Cygnus CRS-2 NG-15 (S.S. Katherine Johnson)

Antares 230+

Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems

Launch Status
Success

Mission

Cygnus CRS-2 NG-15 (S.S. Katherine Johnson)

Type: Resupply

This is the 15th planned flight of the Orbital ATK's uncrewed resupply spacecraft Cygnus and its 14th flight to the International Space Station under the Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA. This Cygnus spacecraft carries the name of American mathematician Katherine Johnson, whose calculations of orbital mechanics as a NASA employee were critical to the success of the first and subsequent U.S. crewed spaceflights.

Location

Launch Area 0 A

Wallops Island, Virginia, USA

22 rockets have launched from Wallops Island, Virginia, USA.

Launch Area 0 A, Wallops Island, Virginia, USA

Rocket

Antares 230+

Length: 42.5 meters
Diameter: 3.9 meters
First Launch: November 2, 2019

Antares known during early development as Taurus II, is an expendable launch system developed by Orbital Sciences Corporation (now part of Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems after Northrop Grumman acquired Orbital ATK) and the Yuzhnoye Design Bureau to launch the Cygnus spacecraft to the International Space Station as part of NASA’s COTS and CRS programs. Able to launch payloads heavier than 5,000 kg (11,000 lb) into low-Earth orbit, Antares is the largest rocket operated by Orbital ATK. Antares launches from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport and made its inaugural flight on April 21, 2013.

The Antares 230+ rocket has been launched a total of 4 times with 4 successful and 0 failed launches.

Agency

Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems

Type: Commercial
Abbreviation: NGIS
Administration: CEO: Kathy Warden
Founded: 2015
Launchers: Antares | Minotaur | Pegasus
Spacecraft: Cygnus
Country: USA

Northrup Grumman Innovation Systems designs, builds and delivers space, defence and aviation-related systems to customers around the world. They aquired Orbital ATK in 2018 along with its launchers and ongoing missions. Antares launches from Wallops in Virginia. Minotaur has many launch sites, with the most active now being Cape Canaveral and Vandenberg. Pegasus is an air launched vehicle from an aircraft and so has many launch locations.

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pam
pam
5 months ago

thank you – we are looking forward to it!

steven thigpen
steven thigpen
4 months ago

Where can we watch the Wallops Island launches from in person?

barry
barry
Reply to  steven thigpen
4 months ago

Try Calling the VISITOR Center 757-824-1344 Sat closes 4 pm Building J20 Route 175 Chincoteague Rd, Wallops Is VA 23337 For Missile launches you don’t need a ringside seat to enjoy the show. Often people just park nearby as close as security allows, or they are Directed to Parking Lots.… Read more »

Aaron Gosnell
Aaron Gosnell
4 months ago

That was a Good launch.