NASA will Livestream Orbital ATK's Cygnus Spacecraft Launch in 360

Eloi Lecerf
Abril 18, 2017

Viewers may use the YouTube app to view the launch on a smartphone.

The minimum viewing distance is typically miles away from the launch pad, but the live 360 stream enables viewers to get a pads-eye view.

Make sure your virtual reality headset is handy; people who have them will be able to "look around and experience the view as if they were actually standing on the launch pad", NASA said in a press release.

The launch is scheduled for Tuesday morning at 11:11 a.m.

This mission marks the third launch of a Cygnus spacecraft aboard an Atlas V rocket and will be Orbital ATK's seventh operational mission (OA-7) to the International Space Station for NASA under the Commercial Resupply Services contract.

Craft said flying through cumulus clouds would be the only concern.

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The cargo ship is loaded with some 7,625 pounds of cargo and equipment, including more than 2,000 pounds of science gear, 2,100 pounds of crew supplies and almost 2,700 pounds of vehicle hardware.

After its two solar panels unfurl, the spacecraft will execute a complex series of thruster firings to catch up with the station.

The Advanced Plant Habitat, a new KSC experiment, is a minifridge-sized plant chamber that will be able to grow larger, more nutritionally dense plants that could one day be consumed by astronauts on deep-space missions.

In this handout photo provided by NASA, the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying NASA's Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft lifts off on from Space Launch Complex 41 on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

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