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Cygnus CRS-2 NG-16 (S.S. Ellison Onizuka)

Antares 230+

Northrop Grumman Space Systems

Launch Status
Success

Mission

Cygnus CRS-2 NG-16 (S.S. Ellison Onizuka)

Type: Resupply

This is the 16th planned flight of the Orbital ATK’s uncrewed resupply spacecraft Cygnus and its 15th flight to the International Space Station under the Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA.
This Cygnus spacecraft is named after American astronaut Ellison Onizuka who died in the destruction of the Space Shuttle Challenger.

Mission patch for Cygnus CRS-2 NG-16 (S.S. Ellison Onizuka)

Location

Launch Area 0 A

Wallops Island, Virginia, USA

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

Launch Area 0 A, Wallops Island, Virginia, USA

Rocket

Antares 230+ – Northrop Grumman Space Systems

Family: Antares
Length: 42.5 m
Diameter: 3.9 m
Launch Mass: 286 T
Low Earth Orbit Capacity: 8200 kg

The Antares 230+ was manufactured by Northrop Grumman Space Systems with the first launch on 2019-11-02. Antares 230+ has 7 successful launches and 0 failed launches with a total of 7 launches. 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.

Agency

Northrop Grumman Space Systems

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

Northrup Grumman Space 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.

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Ken & Judy O
Ken & Judy O'Neill
1 year ago

ISS here comes the 5th Antares 230 +rocket .
S.S. Allison Onizuka astronaut , in memory of all the brave crew of the space shuttle Challenger .
Lest we forget .

Ken & Judy O
Ken & Judy O'Neill
1 year ago

A-1 Launch folks well done to all involved.