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Cygnus NG-14



Northrop Grumman named the Cygnus spacecraft the S.S. Kalpana Chawla, honoring one of the astronauts who perished on the space shuttle Columbia in 2003.

“Kalpana was the first female astronaut of Indian descent,” said Frank DeMauro, vice president and general manager of Northrop Grumman’s tactical space programs. “We are really honored to name this mission after her, and all the contributions which she’s made to the human spaceflight program, someone who hame to the U.S., became a naturalized citizen, then became an astronaut and flew into space twice.”

The S.S. Kalpana Chawla is packed with 7,829 pounds (3,551 kilograms) of supplies and experiments heading to the International Space Station. Here’s a breakdown of the cargo manifest provided by NASA; 2,712 pounds (1,230 kilograms) of vehicle hardware, 2,683 pounds (1,217 kilograms) of scientific investigations, 1,874 pounds (850 kilograms) of crew supplies, 333 pounds (151 kilograms) of spacewalk equipment and 156 pounds (71 kilograms) of computer resources.

The Cygnus supply ship will remain berthed Unity module until mid-December, when it will be released by the station’s robotic arm. The automated cargo carrier, loaded with trash after its departure from the station, will perform an in-flight combustion experiment before re-entering the atmosphere and burning up over the South Pacific Ocean to end its mission.

Flying under contract to NASA, the mission marks Northrop Grumman’s 14th commercial resupply launch to the space station overall since 2014, including Cygnus missions flown by predecessor companies Orbital Sciences and Orbital ATK.

Alternate Names

  • CygnusNG14
  • 46530
  • S.S. Kalpana Chawla

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2020-10-03
Launch Vehicle: Antares
Launch Site: Wallops Island, United States
Mass: 7492 kg

Funding Agency

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (United States)


  • Resupply/Refurbishment/Repair

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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