Science still motivates launch teams — ULA manager

NASA Orbital ATK United Launch Alliance

NASA Orbital ATK United Launch Alliance

Orbital ATK manufactured the arrays and composite structures at its Goleta and San Diego, California, facilities, and the propellant tanks for the Cygnus spacecraft at its Commerce, California, site. But it opted for the United Launch Alliance's bigger Atlas V rocket in order to carry up a heftier load. But the live feed appeared to skip the actual launch.

Online viewers of Tuesday's rocket launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida, will be able to see the launch in a more complete way.

Cygnus is a low-risk design incorporating elements drawn from Orbital ATK and its partners' existing, flight-proven spacecraft technologies. "We're comfortable going either way", he said.

Orbital ATK is a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies. "But we certainly appreciate the partnership with ULA". Also, a tribute banner featuring a picture of John Glenn is aboard the capsule.

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"Liftoff of the Atlas V rocket with Cygnus and the S.S. John Glenn, extending the research legacy for living and working in space", said United States space agency commentator George Diller.

The mission, which is under NASA's Commercial Resupply Services contract, will support dozens of new and existing investigations as Expeditions 51 and 52 contribute to approximately 250 science and research studies.

Cygnus is also carrying 38 CubeSats as part of the NanoRacks QB50 program. These will be deployed in the next several months.

By the time the Cygnus arrives, the station will have two new crew members. Thankfully, one one's sending any deadly pathogens to the ISS this time!

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The Soyuz MS-04/50S spacecraft, carrying vehicle commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and flight engineer Jack Fischer, is being readied for launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 3:13 a.m. EDT Thursday. So the Cygnus will stay out of the way until the incoming crew is safely onboard the ISS. The arm will then move the freighter to the Earth-facing port of the Unity module. "It looks like we nailed the orbit once again".

Known as Saffire-III, the experiment is the third in a series aimed at igniting a large-scale fire in microgravity. Once that experiment is complete, the capsule will take a dive into Earth's atmosphere, where it will completely burn up.

Liftoff took place at the beginning of a 30-minute launch window at 11:11 a.m. EDT (15:11 GMT) April 18, 2017.

According to the latest weather forecast from the United States Air Force 45th Weather Squadron, there is an 90% percent chance overall of acceptable weather conditions for Tuesday's launch.

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The minimum viewing distance is typically miles away from the launch pad, but the live 360 stream enables viewers to get a pads-eye view. So you can feel like you're there without actually enduring the Florida heat.

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