Want to see a rocket launch? 🚀If you live in or near the Mid-Atlantic region, you’re in luck— our #NG18 cargo mission is set to launch to the @Space_Station on Sunday, Nov. 6 at 5:30am ET (2130 UTC). With clear skies, you might see it. Viewing times: https://go.nasa.gov/3eToYS6
****VA - ATLANTIC OCEAN - WALLOPS ISLAND – ROCKET LAUNCH****Mariners are advised the launch director, National Aeronautics and Space Administration Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, Virginia has advised that the area in the Atlantic Ocean within the existing danger zone off Wallops Island and Chincoteague Inlet (depicted in 33 CFR 334.130) as shown on Nautical Ocean Service chart 12210, will be hazardous to navigation because of a rocket launch during the periods and times stated below. The primary launch date is scheduled for Wallops Island, VA on; November 6, 2022 from 5:30 am to 8:45 am (Est), with the following back up dates and times:11/07/22 05:00 AM-11/07/22 08:15 AM11/08/22 04:45 AM-11/08/22 08:00 AM11/09/22 04:15 AM-11/09/22 07:30 AM11/10/22 03:45 AM-11/10/22 07:00 AM11/11/22 03:30 AM-11/11/22 06:45 AM11/12/22 03:00 AM-11/12/22 06:15 AM11/13/22 02:45 AM-11/13/22 06:00 AM11/14/22 02:15 AM-11/14/22 05:30 AM11/15/22 02:00 AM-11/15/22 05:15 AMThe following 2 public ship avoidance areas will be in effect during these launch windows bound by: a 64 nautical mile hazard area approximately 61.6 nautical miles east of Wallops Island launch pad at center point of position 37-13.2N /74-27.59W, 153 nautical mile hazard area approximately 186.9 nautical miles east of Wallops Island launch pad at center point of position 29-12.67N /64-36.17W. Mariners planning on operating in these areas are requested to contact "Wallops Plot" via VHF-FM Ch. 12 or Ch. 22 or via landline at (757) 824-1685. For any concerns contact surveillance coordinator Jordan West at (757) 824-2949 or launch director John Dickerson at (757) 894-2094. See ENC 9.
NASA update from October 24, 2022:COMMENT | EVENT | TIG | ORB | DV | HA | HP |COMMENT | | GMT | | M/S | KM | KM |COMMENT | | | | (F/S) | (NM) | (NM) |COMMENT =============================================================================COMMENT COMMENT NG-18 Launch 310:10:50:11.000 0.0 426.7 407.5COMMENT (0.0) (230.4) (220.1)COMMENT NG-18 Berth 312:10:50:00.000 0.0 426.8 407.0COMMENT (0.0) (230.5) (219.COMMENT COMMENT =============================================================================
NASA update from October 26, 2022:Cygnus NG-18 Launch 310:10:50:13
[email protected] and @northropgrumman are targeting 5:50am ET, on Sunday, Nov. 6 for the launch of the company’s 18th resupply mission to the space station. 🚀📺 Live launch coverage from @NASA_Wallops starts at 5:30am ET on NASA TV. nasa.gov/live
Oct 28, 2022MEDIA ADVISORY M22-159NASA Sets TV Coverage for Cargo Launch to International Space StationNASA and commercial cargo provider Northrop Grumman are targeting 5:50 a.m. EST, Sunday, Nov. 6, for launch of the company’s 18th resupply mission to the International Space Station.Live coverage of the launch from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia, will air on NASA Television. Watch live beginning at 5:30 a.m. on the agency’s website at:www.nasa.gov/liveLoaded with approximately 8,200 pounds of research, crew supplies, and hardware, Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus cargo spacecraft will launch on the company’s Antares rocket from Virginia Space’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport. It will arrive at the space station on Tuesday, Nov. 8.NASA TV coverage of rendezvous and capture will begin at 4:30 a.m. EST followed by installation coverage at 7:30 a.m. At about 5:50 a.m., Expedition 68 NASA astronaut Nicole Mann will capture Cygnus, with NASA astronaut Josh Cassada acting as backup. After Cygnus capture, ground commands will be sent from mission control at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston for the station’s arm to rotate and install it on the station’s Unity module Earth-facing port.Highlights of hardware and space station research facilitated by samples and equipment aboard this Cygnus are:a facility and study that attempt to advance the 3D biological printing of human tissue in spacea study taking advantage of microgravity to better understand catastrophic mudflows that can occur after wildfiresUganda and Zimbabwe’s first satellites developed as a part of the BIRDS program, an interdisciplinary project for non-space faring countriesan investigation into how microgravity influences ovary functionan experiment that studies if changes space-grown plants undergo to adapt to microgravity can be transmitted through seeds to the next generationhardware to be installed outside the station in preparation for the installation of Roll-Out Solar ArraysThe Cygnus spacecraft is scheduled to remain at the space station until late January 2023 when it will depart, disposing of several tons of trash during a destructive re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere.This Cygnus is dubbed the S.S. Sally Ride in honor of late NASA astronaut, physicist, and first American woman to fly in space, Sally Ride. Ride spent 14 days across two space shuttle missions performing science experiments, making observations of Earth, deploying satellites, and conducting technology demonstrations. She was an advocate for diversity and representation in science and dedicated much of her life to inspiring young people, particularly young women, to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math fields. Prelaunch BriefingA prelaunch briefing will be held at 1 p.m. EDT, Saturday, Nov. 5, and may be viewed on NASA Television and the agency’s website. Participants will include:Joel Montalbano, manager, International Space Station Program, NASAHeidi Parris, associate program scientist for the International Space StationSteve Krein, vice president, Civil and Commercial Space, Northrop GrummanKurt Eberly, director, Space Launch Programs, Northrop GrummanRoosevelt "Ted" Mercer, Jr., CEO and executive director, Virginia Commercial Space Flight AuthorityJeff Reddish, range chief, NASA’s Wallops Flight FacilityAccredited media may attend the briefing in-person at the NASA Wallops Visitor Center. Media who wish to participate by phone must contact Kiana Raines at [email protected] by noon on Friday, Nov. 4, for dial-in information.Additionally, media and the public can submit questions on social media using #AskNASA.NASA TV CoverageSunday, November 6:5:30 a.m. – Launch coverage begins5:50 a.m. – Launch window opensTuesday, November 8:4:30 a.m. – Rendezvous coverage begins5:50 a.m. – Capture of Cygnus with the space station’s robotic arm7:30 a.m. – Cygnus installation operations coveragePublic ParticipationMembers of the public can also participate in the journey through a variety of activities including registering to attend this launch virtually. NASA’s virtual guest program for this mission also includes curated launch resources, notifications about related opportunities or changes, and a stamp for the NASA virtual guest passport following a successful launch.Live coverage and countdown commentary will begin at 5:30 a.m. EST Sunday, Nov. 6, and air on NASA Television and the agency’s website, as well as YouTube, Twitter, and NASA’s App. Learn more about Northrop Grumman commercial resupply missions at:https://www.nasa.gov/northropgrumman-end-Lora BleacherHeadquarters, Washington202-358-1100[email protected]Keith KoehlerWallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, Va.757-824-1579[email protected]Last Updated: Oct 28, 2022Editor: Roxana BardanTags: Commercial Resupply, Commercial Space, International Space Station (ISS), Wallops Flight Facility
A Northrop Grumman Antares rocket, with the company’s Cygnus spacecraft onboard, launches at 12:40 p.m. EST, Saturday, Feb. 19., 2022, from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport’s Pad-0A, at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Northrop Grumman's 17th contracted cargo resupply mission for NASA to the International Space Station is carrying nearly 8,300 pounds of science and research, crew supplies and vehicle hardware to the orbital laboratory and its crew.Credits: NASA Wallops/Patrick Black
211757Z OCT 22NAVAREA IV 1159/22(12,25,26).WESTERN NORTH ATLANTIC.VIRGINIA.1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS, ROCKET LAUNCHING 061030Z TO 061345Z NOV, ALTERNATE 071000Z TO 071315Z, 080945Z TO 081300Z, 090915Z TO 091230Z, 100845Z TO 101200Z, 110830Z TO 111145Z, 120800Z TO 121115Z, 130745Z TO 131100Z, 140715Z TO 141030Z AND 150700Z TO 151015Z NOV IN AREAS BOUND BY: A. 37-39.00N 075-31.00W, 37-50.00N 075-31.00W, 37-57.00N 075-27.00W, 37-52.00N 075-17.00W, 37-47.00N 075-08.00W, 36-37.00N 073-23.00W, 36-27.00N 073-44.00W. B. 31-23.00N 065-17.00W, 28-31.00N 062-11.00W, 26-25.00N 064-05.00W, 30-03.00N 067-03.00W.2. CANCEL THIS MSG 151115Z NOV 22.//
Antares has reached the pad! 🚀 Antares made its journey to @Virginia_Space's Pad 0A this morning to get ready for launch Nov. 6 at 5:50 a.m. ET. Later today, the vehicle will be stood up for testing before it’s lowered back down for final cargo loading over the weekend.
48-Hour Weather Update ⛅ Weather is predicted to be 80% favorable, with the main concern being a slight chance of low-level clouds that may potentially violate cloud ceiling requirements during the launch window on Nov. 6 at 5:50 am ET. Learn more:
L-72 Hour Forecast: 80% Favorable Weather for Sun. LaunchThe Wallops Range weather office forecast issued today for the Nov. 6 launch of Northrop Grumman’s 18th resupply mission to the International Space Station puts weather at 80% favorable, with the main concern being a slight chance of low-level clouds that may potentially violate cloud ceiling requirements. Unseasonably warm conditions and tranquil weather are expected through this weekend. A cold front will be located over the Appalachian Mountains Sunday morning, providing light southerly surface flow and upper-level cirrus cloudiness over the Wallops Region. An increase of low-level moisture over the Wallops region due to the light winds may provide some low-level clouds over the Wallops region near launch time. At this time, the primary concern for launch would be a slight chance of low-level clouds.NASA commercial cargo provider Northrop Grumman is targeting 5:50 a.m. EST Sunday, Nov. 6, for the launch. Author Jamie AdkinsPosted on November 3, 2022Categories Antares, Cygnus, Expedition 68, Northrop Grumman
A Northrop Grumman Antares rocket carrying a Cygnus spacecraft loaded with cargo bound for the International Space Station stands vertical on Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport’s Pad-0A, Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022, at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Northrop Grumman’s 18th contracted cargo resupply mission with NASA to the International Space Station will deliver more than 8,000 pounds of science and research, crew supplies and vehicle hardware to the orbital laboratory and its crew. The CRS-18 Cygnus spacecraft is named after the first American woman in space, Sally Ride, and is scheduled to launch at 5:50 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 6, 2022, EST. Photo Credit: (NASA/Jamie Adkins)