In the United States from the spaceport at Cape wallops flight facility (Virginia) launched a carrier rocket Antares-230, equipped with Russian engines RD-181, with a cargo spacecraft Cygnus. This is stated on the website NASA.
As reported the representative of the National administration on Aeronautics and research of space, the launch was held in normal mode, it took off on Monday at 19:46 (02:46 Moscow time Tuesday). After the media broke the mark of 90 kilometers, he separated the first upper stage with the Russian engine RD-181. In the 7th minute of the flight extinguished the second stage, after another two minutes she also moved away from the truck. “Cygnus is now in perfect order and is in orbit,” – said in a live broadcast, the representative of NASA, quoted by TASS.
In orbit, Cygnus will stay until 23 October, after which will be docked to the ISS. Wednesday to the ISS on the space ship “Soyuz” will arrive new station crew – Russians Sergei Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko and American Robert Shane Kimbrough. The convergence of the spacecraft and the ISS will pass through a two-day scheme. According to preliminary data, the docking is expected at 12:59 p.m. Moscow time on Friday, October 21, reports “Interfax”.
On the ISS, the new crew will join the 49th expedition (Russian Anatoly Ivanishin, Japanese Takuya Onishi, American Kathleen Rubens), and later, after planting the “old-timers” make the crew 50/51 expedition (Russian Oleg Novitsky, Frenchman Thomas Sands and American Peggy Whitson).
The cargo ship will deliver to the ISS 2.3 tons of cargo, in particular, water, food, supplies and scientific equipment. In addition, Cygnus will deliver to the station equipment to output into space miniature satellites designed to monitor weather on Earth.
Previous ship of this model were sent to the station on March 22 by means of the rocket Atlas V.
We will remind, on March 22, 2014 the Antares rocket with the spacecraft exploded on the launch pad. While continued refinement and testing of the Antares with a new power plant, its manufacturer, Orbital ATK company, used to send his “truck” vehicle Atlas V consortium United Launch Alliance, created by Boeing and Lockheed Martin.