Recent report evidenced that the number 13 might have a bad wrap among the superstitious, while Northrop Grumman is aiming to stride as the company made a decision to launch the 13 Cygnus cargo flight to the ISS on Sunday. The reason - non-standard readings of ground equipment. No new date was set for the launch, as crews were still investigating the problem.
The company's Antares rocket was prepared to carry the disposable Cygnus capsule on the company's CRS-13 mission from Pad 0A at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility, in the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport. In accordance with the agreements, until 2024 should be made at least six starts of the cargo ships.
You can watch the launch live here and on Space.com's homepage, courtesy of NASA TV, beginning at 5 p.m. EST (2200 GMT).
In a coincidence, Sunday is a busy day for space launches.
Launch controllers also had announced a hold at five minutes to launch time, originally set for 5:39 p.m., with no reason given, but they soon returned to the countdown before announcing the abort.
Image: Northrop Grumman's Antares rocket in a previous launch. The Cygnus NG-13 spacecraft is named the "S.S. Robert H. Lawrence" to honor the astronaut, who died in a training accident in 1967 before he could launch. By 1967, Lawrence was selected as a member of the third group of aerospace research pilots, known as astronauts, for the Manned Orbiting Laboratory program.
Back in November 2019, Northrop Grumman launched the 12th Cygnus cargo expedition to the International Space Station for the American space agency.
According to tradition, Northrop Grumman names its Cygnus spacecraft after individuals who played a pivotal part in human spaceflight history.