Not far from the pad, the Antares rocket for the next Cygnus mission, OA-9, is getting prepared for a launch likely in spring 2018.
DeMauro: Cygnus and Antares for OA-9 mission coming together, could be ready for launch as soon as 1Q/18 depending on NASA’s needs.
This flight is currently targeting May 2018 according to schedule on NASA OSMA web site.
We are excited to announce that #EQUiSat successfully completed vibe testing with full functionality. Hardware is all clear for launch to the International Space Station on May 1st!
Bill Wrobel, director of NASA Wallops, says the next Antares launch from there is currently scheduled for May 9. #Goddard18
Earlier today, employees at our Dulles, VA facility said goodbye to the #OA9 #Cygnus service module as it departed for its @NASA_Wallops launch site, its final stop before heading to @Space_Station
Thanks @OrbitalATK! Cygnus got here safe and sound. We'll be sure to take good care of her!
Is there an image available of the OA-9 mission emblem?
In the pre-briefing for US EVA-49, Kenny Todd [Ops. Integration Manager, NASA ISS] mentioned that their current plan is for OA-9 to launch on May 20th and berth on May 24th for a ~60 day mission. Also, at least EVA-51 was being discussed as May-June.
HaloSat – University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
NASA´s site https://www.nasa.gov/content/upcoming-elana-cubesat-launches mentioned also a ninth satellite.QuoteHaloSat – University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
Launch alert! We are excited to announce that we are targeting Sunday, May 20 for the launch of our #OA9 mission to @Space_Station. The 5-minute launch window will open at 5:04 a.m. EDT. Learn more here: http://bit.ly/2FbdUrz