On Saturday, February 15, from wallops flight facility (Virginia) successfully launched a Ukrainian-American rocket “Antares” with the spacecraft Cygnus.
About it reported in a press-service of state enterprise “Yuzhmash”.
Cygnus Corporation Northrop Grumman in the framework of NASA will deliver to the International space station 3.4 tons of payload.
“According to the plan, an American cargo ship made the rendezvous with the ISS on February 18,” – said in the message.
As noted by “Pivdenmash“, Northrop Grumman has a tradition to name the next space ship Cygnus in honor of the people who have made a significant contribution to the U.S. space program. It was the 13th rocket launch “Antares” with this spacecraft, and mission NG-13 the company honors the memory of Robert Henry Lawrence, Jr.
He was the first afroamerikanischen an astronaut in the United States but it never went into space at the age of 32 years while working in the program, the Manned orbital laboratory Robert Lawrence Jr. was killed during a training flight.
Recall: Ukraine and the United States in November last year, have carried out missile launch vehicle “Antares”. By the way, the basic design of the first stage, which brings the rocket into orbit, developed by the design Bureau “southern” and made on “southern machine-building plant them. Makarov” in cooperation with Ukrainian companies.