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

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Overview

Destination: Low Earth Orbit
Mission: Resupply

Low Earth Orbit Launch Area 0 A Wallops Island, Virginia, USA Probability: 80%

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.

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Updates

SwGustav • Aug. 10, 2021, 8:28 p.m.

Adjusting T-0


Nosu • Aug. 9, 2021, 11:37 a.m.

Weather 80%


Cosmic_Penguin • July 8, 2021, 4:49 a.m.

New launch time.


Antares 230+

Family: Antares
Configuration: 230+

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.

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Specifications
  • Stages
    3
  • Length
    42.5 m
  • Diameter
    3.9 m
  • Fairing Diameter
  • Launch Mass
    286 T
  • Thrust
    3844 kN
Family
  • Name
    Antares 230+
  • Family
    Antares
  • Variant
    230+
  • Alias
  • Full Name
    Antares 230+
Payload Capacity
  • Launch Cost
  • Low Earth Orbit
    8200 kg
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
  • Direct Geostationary
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity

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


Active Cargo Unmanned Payload Capacity: 3200 kg
Destination: International Space Station
Serial Number: None

This is the sixteenth flight to the ISS by the Cygnus spacecraft under the CRS program and their fifth under the CRS-2 program. This is also the 12th use of the enhanced size Cygnus.

Cygnus Enhanced Details

Northrop Grumman Space Systems

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CEO: Kathy Warden Founded: 2015 Successes: 13 Failures: 0 Pending: 1

Agency Type: Commercial

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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