Published: Wed, April 19, 2017
Science | By Kerry Wheeler

Atlas V Rocket Poised To Launch Supplies To ISS

Atlas V Rocket Poised To Launch Supplies To ISS

ULA's 71st Atlas V rocket is scheduled for launch at 11:11 a.m. EDT (1411 GMT) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Atlas V rocket, the spacecraft is set to launch, carrying more than 7,500 pounds of supplies and equipment to the International Space Station (ISS). The SS John Glenn separated from the Atlas V 21 minutes after its launch, carrying over 7,600 pounds of food, supplies and experiments for those aboard the ISS.

Launch Notes: This mission marks the third time ULA's Atlas V has launched Orbital ATK's Cygnus spacecraft on its way to the ISS. "This is the first time that this has ever been attempted and. we will review today's 360-degree setup and endeavor to bring this new perspective of a rocket launch to everyone in the future".

The Cygnus is pressed with more than 7,600 lbs. So far, weather is looking good for launch; there's a 90 percent chance that conditions will be favorable, according to Patrick Military Air Force Base.

Once attached and leak checks between the hatches of the station and spacecraft are conducted, the crew will open the hatch and begin unloading the cargo and experiments.

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"The more research we can carry, the more they can do their job and the more they can show the utility of the International Space Station". The spacecraft will spend about four days catching up to the ISS. That's because a pair of astronauts are scheduled to launch early Thursday morning on a Russian Soyuz rocket.

But first, the capsule just has to get to the station. Then on Saturday morning, NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson and Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency will grab the capsule with the station's Canadian robotic arm and install it on the ISS. It will burn up in the atmosphere.

Highlights from the new experiments will include studies on cancer-fighting drugs, crystal growth and atmospheric reentry.

An Orbital ATK cargo ship bound for the International Space Station is poised for liftoff Tuesday (April 18, 2017) aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket. The Antares is planned for this year which will be propelling the next Cygnus mission. It will launch atop Orbital ATK's Antares 230 rocket.

With more than a century of combined heritage, United Launch Alliance is the nation's most experienced and reliable launch service provider. Leahy's diverse career has included work for The Walt Disney Company, NASA, the Department of Defense, Nissan, a number of commercial space companies, small businesses, nonprofits, as well as the Science Cheerleaders.

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