The Cygnus spacecraft is named S.S. John Glenn after legendary Marine, astronaut and Senator John Glenn who died in December. At age 77 he later flew a second mission to space aboard Space Shuttle Discovery- further cementing his status as a true American hero.
Launch Window: 11:41 a.m.
An Atlas-5 rocket carrying Cygnus spacecraft has blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida towards the ISS. The Atlas booster for this mission was powered by the RD AMROSS RD-180 engine, and the Centaur upper stage was powered by the Aerojet Rocketdyne RL10C engine.
The live 360-degree stream of the cargo resupply mission liftoff to the International Space Station may be viewed on the NASA Television YouTube channel starting 10 minutes prior to lift off, the U.S. space agency said. The streaming video will cover the launch of an uncrewed United Launch Alliance Atlas Vrocket loaded with supplies bound for the International Space Station. There's a new plant habitat that might one day produce plants for deep-space missions.
"We are looking forward to a great launch tomorrow and continuing our record of 100 percent mission success", Vern Thorp, United Launch Alliance's (ULA) commercial missions program manager, told reporters during a briefing Monday (April 17). "We will review today's 360º setup and endeavor to bring this new perspective of a rocket launch to everyone in the future".
United CEO pledges to review policies on removal of passengers
United spokeswoman Megan McCarthy said Wednesday that the passengers can take the compensation in cash, travel credits or miles. The others did as they were told, but Dao refused and was yanked out of his seat and dragged off the plane by airport security.