We have liftoff: Va-launched flight on way to space station

Katie Ramirez
February 18, 2020

The Antares rocket, partly designed by the Pivdenne Design Bureau and made by the Pivdenmash in Ukraine's Dnipro region, lifted off at 3:21 p.m. local time carrying USA defense corporation Northrop Grumman's robotic Cygnus cargo spacecraft, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) said.

It took three tries over the past week to launch the Antares rocket. The almost 4-ton shipment should arrive at the orbiting lab Tuesday. That is a part of their Industrial Resupply Providers 2 contract with NASA and the 13 supply run to the Worldwide Area Station.

This is Northrop Grumman's 13th cargo flight to the International Space Station and an Antares rocket was used for the launch.

The Northrop Grumman aerospace company had faced some issues the previous two times it had tried to launch. The capsules additionally convey household care packages, in addition to recent meals to offset the run-of-the-mill station grub.

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She was said to have been en route from Greece to Haiti and was due to arrive in Haiti at the end of September. The rescued crew members of the ship were brought to Puerto Rico.

This latest delivery should have arrived well before Valentine's Day.

The house station is presently dwelling to American astronauts Jessica Meir and Andrew Morgan and Russian cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka. On 15 February, the launch was cancelled as well due to high winds that exceeded the safety limits.

At the time of liftoff, the International Space Station was flying 258 statute miles over the western Pacific, northeast of the Northern Mariana Island. Three other astronauts returned to Earth earlier this month including female astronaut Christina Koch that completed 328 days in space - the longest time a woman has stayed in space.

This particular Cygnus has been christened the SS Robert H. Lawrence in honor of America's first black astronaut. Lawrence, an Air Force major, was chosen in 1967 as an astronaut for a classified military space program known as the Manned Orbiting Laboratory.

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