Editor’s Note: This media advisory was updated Sept. 27 to reflect the launch is now targeted for no earlier than 9:38 p.m. EDT, Thursday, Oct. 1, with NASA TV coverage to begin at 9 p.m. The launch delay is due to poor weather conditions anticipated Tuesday and Wednesday.
NASA commercial cargo provider Northrop Grumman is targeting 9:38 p.m. EDT Thursday, Oct. 1, for the launch of its 14th resupply mission to the International Space Station. Live coverage of the launch from Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Virginia, will air on NASA Television and the agency’s website, with prelaunch events Monday, Sept. 28, and Thursday, Oct. 1.
Loaded with nearly 8,000 pounds of research, crew supplies, and hardware, Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus cargo spacecraft will launch on the company’s Antares rocket from Virginia Space’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport.
The Cygnus spacecraft, dubbed the SS Kalpana Chawla, will arrive at the space station Sunday, Oct. 4. Expedition 63 Commander Chris Cassidy of NASA will grapple Cygnus and Flight Engineer Ivan Vagner of Roscosmos will act as a backup. After Cygnus capture, mission control in Houston will send ground commands for the station’s robotic arm to rotate and install it on the bottom of the station’s Unity module. Cygnus is scheduled to remain at the space station until mid-December, when it will depart the station. Following departure, the Saffire-V experiment will be conducted prior to Cygnus deorbit and disposing of several tons of trash during a fiery re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere approximately two weeks later.
Members of the public can attend the launch virtually, receiving mission updates, and opportunities normally received by on-site guests.
Complete coverage of launch activities is as follows (all times Eastern)
Thursday, Oct. 1
- 9 p.m. – Launch coverage begins
Sunday, Oct. 4
- 4:30 a.m. – Rendezvous coverage begins
- 6:10 a.m. – Capture of Cygnus with the space station’s robotic arm
- 8:30 a.m. – Cygnus installation operations coverage
NASA’s virtual launch experience for the mission includes: curated launch resources, a behind-the-scenes look at the mission, notifications about NASA social interactions, and the opportunity for a virtual launch passport stamp following a successful launch.
Members of the public can share in the mission through a variety of activities, including:
Virtual Launch Event
View from the Mid-Atlantic Region
The launch may be visible, weather permitting, to residents throughout the mid-Atlantic region and possibly the East Coast of the United States.
Watch and Engage on Social Media
Stay connected with the mission on social media, and let people know you're following it on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram using the hashtags #Cygnus, #Antares, #NASAWallops. Follow and tag these accounts:
- Twitter: @NASA, @NASA_Wallops, @Space_Station
- Facebook: NASA, NASAWFF, ISS Facebook
- Instagram: @NASAWallops, ISS Instagram
Learn more about the Northrop Grumman CRS-14 mission by going to the mission home page at: