CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) – The loading of space stations that dived into orbit from Virginia on Saturday and the second ship was in two days.
And other commercial delivery should be on the move in a few weeks.
"What a great start," said NASA deputy station chief Joel Montalbano.
Northrop Grumman launched its Antares rocket from the island of Wallops before the dawn, which impressed the early bird on the Atlantic coast. On Friday, only 15 hours earlier, the Russian Space Agency launched its own equipment at the International Space Station.
Delivery to the US will arrive in the lab orbit Monday, the day after the Russian shipment. Between 7,400 pounds (3,350 kilograms) of goods inside the Cygnus capsule: ice cream and fresh fruit for those three space stations and a 3D printer that recycles old plastics into new parts.
Thanksgiving turkey dinners – of course – rehidratable – are already on board 250 miles. Space station is currently home to American, German and Russian.
There is another major event that goes up: the space station on Tuesday marks the 20th anniversary of the orbit. The first part, which began on 20 November 1998, from Kazakhstan.
"While we celebrate 20 years of international space station," said Montalbano, "one of the most interesting things is the collaboration we have all over the world." Then there are US commercial efforts to put the space station in place and to continue launching crews from Cape Canaveral. "It was a great success for me," he said.
This Cygnus, or Swan, is named S. John Young, who respects the legendary astronaut who walked through the Moon and commanded the first space flight. He died in January.
This is the first commercial cargo ship, named Northrop Grumman. Northrop Grumman acquired Orbital ATK in June. SpaceX is the second commercial NASA supplier for the space station; The Dragon Capsule will start in early December.
The experiments that go through Cygnus will observe how cement shrinks in weightlessness, among other things. There is also medical, space equipment and other equipment to replace items that they never made for orbit last month due to the Russian missile defect; two men driving a rocket survived an emergency landing. Three other astronauts are expected to start from Kazakhstan on December 3rd.