Antares Is On The Pad Ready To Launch Tuesday

Northrup-Grumman’s Antares Rocket has been moved to the pad, we are excited.

I love rocket launches. Being this close to NASA’s wallops Flight Facility is a bonus. You will be able to see this rocket streak towards space on Tuesday night starting at 10:27 PM. The Cygnus capsule, named for astronaut Kalpana Chawala. will be loaded with Gear, hardware, food, and more crew supplies. I’m still wondering how the mice made out a few launches ago. I see a great movie title for ISS mice in Space.
There is a small window for the launch capability. We hope the weather holds and NASA gets to light this candle! Public viewing areas are limited these days, but we have a plan. The launch visibility projection map below gives you the angle of flight and how long after blast off it takes to see Antares.

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Launch trajectory map for viewing the NG-14 Antares launch from Wallops Island … courtesy of NASA

I’m hoping for clear skies. Due to covid restrictions we didn’t get media access. So we have a plan for some unique shots that we will share after. I had some great shots sent o me by our nerd on the ground, Rouger. Thanks for the killer shots, I have always wanted to watch the Antares roll out in person.

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Antares moving out of the NASA Wallops integration facility where the rocket’s components are put together
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