Northrop Grumman is set to launch its 11th cargo resupply mission, NG-11, to the International Space Station (ISS) onboard the Antares rocket today, April 17th. The Cygnus cargo spacecraft is currently loaded with over 7,000 pounds of science, research, station hardware, and crew supplies that are scheduled to launch at 3:46 p.m. CDT. Complete coverage of the launch will be provided by NASA with a broadcast of the mission on NASA TV.
To watch the Antares rocket launch coverage, tune into the NASA TV station at 3:15 p.m. CDT, when coverage begins. Additional coverage of the Cygnus solar array deployment will begin broadcasting at 6 p.m. CDT, followed by a post news conference to discuss the status of the mission and launch with Northrop Grumman and ISS officials.
Northrop Grumman has a tradition of naming the Cygnus cargo spacecraft that fly the resupply missions, and the 11th, and final mission under its current commercial supplier contract, Cygnus spacecraft was named the the SS Roger Chaffee to honor the Apollo 1 NASA Astronaut.