This is going to be one heck of a weekend for space-based enthusiasts. With a planned double launch on schedule. NASA plans to deploy two rockets with two consecutive days. Dubbed as a big weekend this weekend will see to a launch of the Northrop Grumman Antares rocket and another launch or Solar Orbiter by a joint Coalition of NASA and the European Space Agency
The Antares rocket will be a courier for the Cyrus cargo ship. The ship is a planned resupply mission for NASA’s International Space Station. NASA’s Cygnus mission will carry resupply portions, including fruits and dry cheese for the astronauts on the floating space station. It will also carry additional scientific equipment for space-based experiments, including the effect on flames in space and how fire spreads in zero gravity.
The Solar Orbiter will launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The Solar Orbiter mission is a joint venture between NASA and the European Space Agency. It aims to have an orbital satellite keeping an eye on the sun and logging tabs of the gas giant’s chemical reactions influencing its waves for years. The sun has been a source of light, heat, and energy for our solar system, yet scientists reveal that they know little concerning a gas giant of the center of our solar system.
The Solar Orbiter is a mission set to change this perception on this notion and possibly bring more enlightenment on what pertains to the sun, its effects on everyday lives, and how it functions. The Orbiter will also be on a mission to examine space weather patterns in space, including solar winds, solar flares, coronal dimming, the solar cycle, and during coronal mass ejections.
Though both launches will happen on the same day, scientists and software programmers have taken a great deal into account to ensure that the two launches will not clash in space and even more so that nothing will go amiss. The two launches planned for this weekend were initially set for different dates, with the solar orbiter being the first one on 5 February. However, this schedule was not to be as a launch issue push delete or to 7 February. Further mandatory inspection of the ship pushed the launch dates to the third and last date on 9 February 2020. Yet the new launch date coincided with Boeings coincided with the Cygnus launch.