Cygnus OA-8 Mission
Orbital ATK's eighth operational Cygnus cargo spacecraft, christened the S.S. Gene Cernan, is set for a critical supplies delivery to the International Space Station under NASA's Commercial Resupply Services Program. Lifting off from Wallops Island on November 12, Cygnus OA-8E is second spacecraft to launch on the upgraded Antares Series 200 rocket.
Cygnus will link-up with ISS over the course of two days for a robotic capture on Tuesday to mark the start of a month-long stay to facilitate the delivery of 3.2 metric tons of pressurized cargo comprised of crew supplies, maintenance gear and science equipment supporting dozens of over 200 experiments active on ISS as part of Expedition 53/54.
|Launch: November 12, 2017||Mission Updates|
|Launch Time: 12:19:55 UTC||Cargo Overview & CubeSat|
|Launch Vehicle: Antares 230||Antares Launch Vehicle|
|Launch Site: Pad 0A, MARS, Wallops||Cygnus Spacecraft|
|Cargo Upmass: 3,338 Kilograms||Countdown Timeline|
|Rendezvous: November 14, 2017||Flight Profile|
|Capture: 9:50 UTC||ISS Expedition 53|
|Berthing Port: Unity Nadir|