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NASA TV Coverage Set for Feb. 14 Northrop Grumman CRS-13 Launch to Space Station

By SpaceRef Editor
February 14, 2020
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Northrop Grumman’s next NASA-contracted commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station is targeted for launch at 3:43 p.m. EST, Friday, Feb. 14. Live coverage of the launch will begin at 3:15 p.m. on NASA TV and the agency’s website.

The company’s 13th commercial resupply services mission will launch its Antares rocket, carrying its Cygnus cargo spacecraft, from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. On Feb. 9, Northrop Grumman scrubbed its Antares launch after off-nominal readings from a ground support sensor. The Antares rocket and Cygnus spacecraft remain healthy.

Loaded with approximately 7,500 pounds of research, crew supplies, and hardware, the Cygnus spacecraft, dubbed the SS Robert H. Lawrence, will arrive at the space station Sunday, Feb. 16 at about 4 a.m. EST. NASA Flight Engineer Andrew Morgan will grapple Cygnus and NASA astronaut Jessica Meir  will be acting as a backup. After capture, the spacecraft will be installed on the Unity module’s Earth-facing port.

NASA TV coverage of the spacecraft’s arrival will begin at 2:30 a.m., and installation coverage will begin at 6 a.m.

The prelaunch news conference and What’s on Board briefing took place on Feb. 8 and can be viewed online:

SpaceRef staff editor.