NASA has confirmed Thursday, December 3, as the approved date for the launching of its commercial partner Orbital ATK to the International Space Station (ISS). This will be the fourth time Orbital ATK will be going off to the ISS as part of its Commercial Resupply Services agreement with NASA.
The launch will take place at the Space Launch Complex 41 by 5:55 pm EST according to blog post on NASA’s website.
NASA nodded to the liftoff after its engineers met at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Tuesday. While the meeting lasted, senior officials from the US Air Force, NASA, Orbital ATK, and the United Launch Alliance evaluated what could go wrong during the launch or mission and ultimately certified that the Orbital ATK Cygnus’ United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket and its personnel are good to go.
And starting from 4:30 pm on Thursday, NASA will provide live coverage of the event on NASA TV, and its blog will be continually updated to let news consumers know what is going on.
Meanwhile, NASA TV will also show some briefings on Wednesday, December 2. Space experts who worked on the mission and engineers that assisted with the takeoff will be engaged in a live discussion with NASA’s social media followers starting 9 am to 10:30 am. And further to this, by 1 pm of that same day, space researchers and scientists will talk about the supplies and experiments and equipment that the space craft will be delivering to the ISS. And by 2 pm of the same day, there will be a prelaunch news conference hosted by mission managers.
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Two hours after the successful launch, there will be a post-launch news briefing; and viewers will be able to see everything live on NASA TV, and it will also be streamed on NASA’s site and blog.