Antares launches Cygnus freighter to ISS

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Capitalism in space: Northrop Grumman’s Antares rocket today successfully launched a Cygnus freighter to ISS.

This was Northrop Grumman’s first launch in 2019. The company hopes to complete 4 launches this year.

Meanwhile the leaders in the 2019 launch race remain unchanged:

4 SpaceX
4 China
4 Europe (Arianespace)
3 Russia

The U.S. however has widened its lead in the national rankings, 8 to 4.


One comment

  • geoffc

    With Cygus at station this week (assuming 1-2 day orbit time, arriving today/tomorrow) and SpaceX launching CRS-17 on Friday next week, we should see both CBM ports occupied by US vehicles. Yay!

    Russia usually keeps 4 vehicles on their end (2 Soyuz, 2 Progress, and previously 1 ATV from Europe) and there have been 6 vehicles (ATV, HTV, Shuttle, and 2 Soyuz, 1 progress Feb 2011 (STS 133 mission).

    One day we might see as many as seven, but unlikely.

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