CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) – There is a load of shell station supplies to an orbit of Virginia on Saturday, the second installment in two days.
And another commercial supply should be on its way in a few weeks.
"What excellent launch," said NASA space space spokesperson, Joel Montalbano.
Northrop Grumman launched its Antares rocket from Wallops Island before the morning, taking pride of early bird observers along the Atlantic coast. The Russian Space Agency launched its own supplies to the International Space Station on Friday, only 15 hours earlier.
The US supply will reach the orbiting lab on Monday, a day after the Russian consignment. Among the 7,400 pounds (3,350 kilograms) of goods inside the Cygnus capsule: fresh ice cream and fruit for the three space station residents, and a 3D printer that recycles old plastics to new parts.
Thanksgiving turkey lunches – of course, is ineffective – already on board the 250 mile high. The space station is currently home to America, German and Russian.
Another big event comes up, up there: The space station marks its 20th year in orbit on Tuesday. The first section launched on November 20, 1998, from Kazakhstan.
"As we celebrated 20 years of the International Space Station," Montalbano said, "one of the most common things we have is the cooperation we have around the world." The United States's commercial effort to store the space station is then stocked and, starting next year, to resume the launch of a crew of Cape Canaveral. "For me, it's been a huge success," he said.
Cygnus, or Swan, is named in S. John Young to honor the musical astronomers who walked on the moon and ordered the first space shuttle trip. He died in January.
Here is the first commercial cargo ship to bring the name of Northrop Grumman. Northrop Grumman ATK Orbital won in June. SpaceX is the other NASA commercial shipper for the space station; the Dragon capsule is about to start in December.
The experiments that arrive through the Cygnus will notice how cement strengthens in weight, among other things. There are also medical litter and other equipment to replace items that never made an orbit in the last month due to Russian rocket failure; The two horsemen riding on the rocket survived their urgent landing. Three other astronauts will be launched from Kazakhstan on December 3.