According to US space website, the Cygnus will be launched on top of the Antares rocket on September 29 at 10:27 pm EDT (0227 a.m. GMT Sept 30) from the regional space port in the mid-Atlantic at the Wallops Flight Facility. NASA, Virginia.
Northrop Grumman named the Cygnus spacecraft SS Kalpana Chawla to honor astronaut Kalpana Chawla, who was one of the seven astronauts who perished in the tragedy of the Columbia shuttle in 2003.
You can watch the launch live on NASA TV at about 5:30 pm EST. David Brady, International Space Station Program Associate at NASA, said: “Today humanity faces many challenges, and I am proud to be part of a community that accepts challenges. On a regular basis that turns problems into solutions and opportunities into reality. “
There are approximately 8,000 pounds of cargo to be transported into space by Cygnus, which will include crew supplies such as food along with scientific experiments and even a newly updated space toilet, which is officially called the Global Waste Management System.
The cargo will be delivered to support the Expedition 64 crew aboard the space station, although the astronauts in Crew 1 may soon benefit from some of this cargo, as it is set to launch on October 23.
The $ 23 million space toilet, built with the contribution of astronauts, will also be among the important experiments and equipment that will be sent with this launch.
This toilet is 65% smaller and 40% lighter than the existing toilet on the space station, NASA officials said.