The NG-12 Cygnus spacecraft is set to be the 12th flight by Northrop Grumman’s cargo resupply spacecraft to service the International Space Station. It will also be the first performed under the Commercial Resupply Services 2 contract.
NG-12 is set to launch from Pad 0A at Wallops Island, Virginia, atop an Antares 230+ rocket, which features a Block 2 first stage and upgrades to the Castor XL upper stage.
For the spacecraft itself, it is expected to carry between 3,500 and 3,750 kilograms of crew supplies, science investigations and other hardware bound for the ISS. It is also slated to included 15 CubeSats for NASA’s ELaNa-25 mission. ELaNa stands for Educational Launch of Nanosatellites. It is a NASA program that gives students in science, technology, engineering and math fields a chance to design and launch small satellites into space.