On Saturday, February 20, Northrop Grumman will launch its latest cargo resupply of the International Space Station, to deliver supplies and other items that astronauts need to live and conduct experiments. The launch will include the Antares rocket and Cygnus spacecraft – but launch may be delayed if weather fails to cooperate.
Assuming everything is going as planned, NASA says Northrop It will launch an Antares missile carrying a Cygnus capsule filled with supplies at 12:36 PM EST. The launch will take place at NASA’s WALOPS Flight Facility, specifically at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Space Port.
In an update shared on Friday, NASA said the weather forecast for the launch day is 75% favorable, which means there is a chance to delay the launch. The space agency explains that at this time, the biggest potential problems will be a “ slight ” possibility of debris and cloud clouds, as well as strong ground winds.
NASA explains that the low-pressure system moved off the coast of the Central Atlantic Ocean late Friday, taking showers with it, as pressure rose tonight in the area. With this change will come cold conditions and a decrease in cloud cover, as well as gusty winds.
Overall, NASA is optimistic that the weather will be appropriate for the launch scheduled for tomorrow, but it is not unusual for these events to be postponed due to unfavorable weather conditions. As with other launches, NASA will provide live coverage of the cargo mission on its app and website for the public to view regardless of when it occurs.