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NG-13 Mission Update

Northrop Grumman will launch the NG-13 mission on February 9, 2020. The company's Antares rocket will launch the Cygnus spacecraft from Pad 0A at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia with the 5-minute launch window opening at 5:39 p.m. ET.

Northrop Grumman is proud to name the NG-13 Cygnus spacecraft after former astronaut Robert Henry Lawrence Jr. It is the company’s tradition to name each Cygnus after an individual who has played a pivotal part in the legacy of human spaceflight. Major Lawrence was selected in honor of his prominent place in history as the first African-American astronaut. Read more.


Robert Lawrence USAF portrait
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About Antares

Designed to provide responsive and low-cost access to space, Antares is a two-stage vehicle (with optional third stage) that provides low-Earth orbit (LEO) launch capability for payloads weighing up to 8,000 kg. Internally funded by Northrop Grumman, Antares completed a risk reduction mission and a demonstration of commercial re-supply services for the International Space Station (ISS) under a NASA Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) agreement in 2013. Northrop Grumman commenced delivery of cargo to the ISS under the NASA Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract in 2014. Learn more about Antares.

About Cygnus

Cargo is delivered to the station using Northrop Grumman's Cygnus spacecraft. The Cygnus spacecraft consists of two modules: the Service Module (SM) which incorporates the avionics, propulsion and power systems from Northrop Grumman's flight proven LEOStar and GEOStar spacecraft buses; and the Pressurized Cargo Module (PCM) which carries the crew supplies, spares and scientific experiments. The SM is integrated and tested at Northrop Grumman's Dulles, Virginia satellite manufacturing facility. The PCM is supplied by Thales Alenia Space and is produced in Turin Italy. Learn more about Cygnus.

NG-13 Mission at a Glance

Launch Date: February 9, 2020; 5:39 p.m. ET

Launch Site: NASA's Wallops Flight Facility

Expected Arrival at ISS: February 11, 2020

Honorary Name: Robert Henry Lawrence, Jr.

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