Final Preparations Made for Upcoming Launch at Wallops - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Final Preparations Made for Upcoming Launch at Wallops

Posted: Updated:
Cygnus cargo space craft. (Photo: WBOC) Cygnus cargo space craft. (Photo: WBOC)

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. - With officials at Orbital ATK and NASA eyeing an early July launch for the next Antares rocket, final preparations are being made at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility for the mission.  Preparations that include loading up the Cygnus cargo spacecraft with supplies for the astronauts on-board the International Space Station.

The Antares rocket will carrying the Cygnus to low-Earth orbit and from there, the spacecraft will be remotely piloted to the International Space Station.  Cygnus will be carrying more than 5,200 pounds of supplies for the six astronauts on-board.

"When you think about six people living in space, you might forget that you need socks, you need printer paper, you need food, and you need pencils, and you need experiments, and you need spare parts that might break," said Daniel Tani, a Senior Director at Orbital ATK.

About a month ago, the Cygnus was put together at the Wallops for the first time.  The bottom portion of the spacecraft is made my Orbital ATK in Dulles, Va which contains all of the avionics and the propulsion system.  The top portion is the cargo container, which is constructed in Italy.  Now that the two pieces are put together, the spacecraft can be fueled up.  The next step is attaching it to the Antares rocket.

"This will be on the very top of the second stage, so on the very top of the rocket.  Bolted on top of the rocket.  And then there will be a fairing, the bullet shaped thing that you see on top, that will protect the spacecraft while it's on the pad and during its initial launch," said Tani.

Each Cygnus mission is named after a fallen astronaut.  The upcoming mission in July is named after former space shuttle commander, Alan Poindexter.

  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • Fundraiser Held for Survivors of Domestic Violence

    Fundraiser Held for Survivors of Domestic Violence

    Saturday, August 19 2017 5:42 PM EDT2017-08-19 21:42:37 GMT
    Saturday, August 19 2017 5:42 PM EDT2017-08-19 21:42:37 GMT
    PRINCESS ANNE, Md.-On Tuesday, December 6, a mother and two children, were attacked in a Princess Anne home. Airealle Sells, 25, died from wounds during the attack, while her children, an eight year-old and four-year-old, survived. Princess Anne polMore
    PRINCESS ANNE, Md.-On Tuesday, December 6, a mother and two children, were attacked in a Princess Anne home. Airealle Sells, 25, died from wounds during the attack, while her children, an eight year-old and four-year-old, survived. Princess Anne polMore
  • Dover Comic Con Benefits Local Economy

    Dover Comic Con Benefits Local Economy

    Saturday, August 19 2017 5:16 PM EDT2017-08-19 21:16:11 GMT
    Saturday, August 19 2017 5:16 PM EDT2017-08-19 21:16:11 GMT
    Thousands came out to the 2017 Comic Con in Dover on Saturday afternoon. Dressed as super heroes, super villains, and princesses, attendees were able to shop at vendors, eat food, and play games.More
    Thousands came out to the 2017 Comic Con in Dover on Saturday afternoon. Dressed as super heroes, super villains, and princesses, attendees were able to shop at vendors, eat food, and play games.More
  • Berlin Gas Leak Prompts Several Home Evacuations

    Berlin Gas Leak Prompts Several Home Evacuations

    Saturday, August 19 2017 4:50 PM EDT2017-08-19 20:50:54 GMT
    Saturday, August 19 2017 4:50 PM EDT2017-08-19 20:50:54 GMT
    BERLIN, Md. - The Berlin Fire Company responded to a gas leak in Berlin around 7:30am.The gas leak happened on the intersection of Franklin Ave. and Williams Ave. According to Berlin Fire Company, Sandpiper Energy construction equipment causedMore
    BERLIN, Md. - The Berlin Fire Company responded to a gas leak in Berlin around 7:30am.The gas leak happened on the intersection of Franklin Ave. and Williams Ave. According to Berlin Fire Company, Sandpiper Energy construction equipment causedMore
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Arrests Made in Camden-Wyoming Burglary

    Arrests Made in Camden-Wyoming Burglary

    Friday, August 18 2017 8:30 PM EDT2017-08-19 00:30:32 GMT
    Friday, August 18 2017 8:30 PM EDT2017-08-19 00:30:32 GMT
    Delaware State Police have made two arrests following a home burglary east of Camden-Wyoming.More
    Delaware State Police have made two arrests following a home burglary east of Camden-Wyoming.More
  • Salisbury City Councilwoman Charged with Assault

    Salisbury City Councilwoman Charged with Assault

    Friday, August 18 2017 6:24 PM EDT2017-08-18 22:24:19 GMT
    Friday, August 18 2017 6:24 PM EDT2017-08-18 22:24:19 GMT
    Salisbury City Councilwoman April Jackson has been charged with assault following an alleged fight at Billy Gene Jackson Park last weekend.More
    Salisbury City Councilwoman April Jackson has been charged with assault following an alleged fight at Billy Gene Jackson Park last weekend.More
  • Dover Man Goes to Prison on Child Sex Charges

    Dover Man Sentenced for Child Sex Charges

    08/18/2017 15:16:00 -04:002017-08-18 19:16:00 GMT
    Friday, August 18 2017 3:22 PM EDT2017-08-18 19:22:31 GMT
    DOVER, Del.- A Dover man has been sentenced for sexually abusing a child who was in his care.Micah Smith, 41, was convicted by a jury in May of continuous sexual abuse of a child, sexual abuse of a child by a person in a position of trust, authority or sMore
    A Dover, Del. man has been sentenced to a decade behind bars for sexually abusing a child who was in his care.More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices