Tech2 News Staff
18 Nov 2018 10:18 IST
The Northrop Grumman Cygnus spacecraft was successfully launched to send supplies to the International Space Station (ISS) on Saturday, NASA said in statement.
Carrying around 3,400 kilograms of science, research, supply and hardware, the Cygnus spacecraft launched in the agency's Antares 230 rocket from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, the statement said. announced.
This ration shuttle to the ISS crew made sending the Northrop Grumman 10th flight to ISS. Spacecraft is expected to arrive at the station on Monday 19 November.
The supplying mission crew allows astronauts on the ISS to conduct dozens of new and ongoing investigations, contributing to nearly 250 scientific research and research. Some of this trial including demonstrations of 3D printing, recycling and simulation of the formation of celestial bodies from Stardust, NASA said in a statement.
Cygnus also carries medical supplies, space clothing and other equipment to replace items that never reached orbit last month due to the failure of Russian rockets; the two men riding rockets survived their emergency landing.
Three other astronauts will be launched from Kazakhstan on December 3.
The Cygnus spacecraft is scheduled to stay for another three months on the ISS before a destructive re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere. In a multi-year agreement with NASA, the unmanned Cygnus spacecraft is part of the ongoing garbage disposal arrangement for the waste generated on the ISS.
The unmanned Cygnus cargo ship is designed to burn when it re-enters Earth's atmosphere and thus provides an excellent opportunity for waste disposal.
The spacecraft was filled with several tons of garbage from the ISS and dumped with a spacecraft when it was burned into the air in the Earth's atmosphere.
Cygnus (or Swan) is named & # 39; s John Young & # 39; in honor of legendary astronauts who walked on the moon and ordered the first space shuttle flight. Young died in January this year.
SpaceX is another NASA commercial sender for the space station; The Dragon capsule is set to be launched in early December.
The Cygnus spacecraft will remain on the space station until February.