Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Orbital ATK to launch Cygnus cargo spacecraft to space station today



NASA says Orbital ATK is on track for the launch of its seventh commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station (ISS) on Tuesday.
The launch of the uncrewed Cygnus spacecraft aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket is being targeted at 11:11 a.m. EDT (8:41 pm India time) Tuesday, April 18, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
The unmanned Cygnus cargo craft will carry more than 7,600 pounds of science research, crew supplies and hardware to the orbiting laboratory in support of the crew members.
NASA Television is providing multiple broadcasts around launch activities, beginning at 10 a.m. EDT on air and streaming at www.nasa.gov/ntv. These events will also stream live on the agency’s website at www.nasa.gov/live.
Also, ten minutes prior to liftoff, NASA TV’s YouTube channel will debut full, 360 coverage of the launch at http://youtube.com/nasatelevision.
Meanwhile, forecasters predict a 90 percent chance of “go” conditions for today's launch of Orbital ATK CRS-7 mission, with the possibility of cumulus clouds posing the primary concern.

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