Northrop Grumman aborts Cygnus cargo launch to space station

Feb. 10, 2020
Launch was aborted "due to an unfavorable weather forecast over the next two days, and time required to address the ground support issue," report Meghan Bartels and Tariq Malik for

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. - Northrop Grumman aborted the launch of a commercial Cygnus cargo ship to the International Space Station Sunday (Feb. 9) due to a sensor issue at the mission's Virginia launchpad, report Meghan Bartels and Tariq Malik for Space.comContinue reading original article

The Intelligent Aerospace take:

February 10, 2020-“Antares is Northrop Grumman’s workhorse for providing commercial cargo delivery to the space station,” said Scott Lehr, vice president and general manager, launch and missile defense systems, Northrop Grumman. “The capability to load cargo just before launch, and the increased performance of Antares, provides NASA with the flexibility they can depend on for timely and cost effective Space Station resupply.”

The aborted mission was scheduled to carry will carry approximately 7,500 pounds (3,400 kilograms) of cargo for the crew aboard the International Space Station. The launch was called off due to a sensor issue, and will attempt liftoff again no earlier than Thursday, Feb. 13.

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Jamie Whitney, Associate Editor
Intelligent Aerospace

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