Watch Live Stream Of Atlas V Rocket Launch In 360-Degree Video

"Liftoff of the Atlas V rocket with Cygnus and the S.S. John Glenn, extending the research legacy for living and working in space", a NASA TV commentator said during a live broadcast.

The stream winked on about 10 minutes before launch. The RD Amross RD-180 engine powered the Atlas booster, and the Aeroject Rocketdyne RL10C engine powered the Centaur upper stage.

Cygnus has flown a number of resupply runs in the past.

Orbital ATK normally launches Cygnus cargo ships atop its own Antares rocket, but in the wake of a 2014 launch failure, the company bought two Atlas 5s from ULA to launch two resupply missions while the Antares was being equipped with new engines.

The good news is that more than 7,600 pounds of supplies and experiments are now on their way to the station aboard Orbital ATK's cylindrical transport ship, which is named the S.S. John Glenn in honor of the late space pioneer and senator. Live 360 technology offers advanced capacities that can be used efficiently during the launch of space missions to give viewers a more immersive experience.

"It is clearly a chance one more time to show John Glenn's name emblazoned in space", said Frank Culbertson, a former astronaut who now heads Orbital ATK's space systems group. The Soyuz is scheduled to take the express route to the station, arriving just a little more than six hours after launch.

Cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin is getting ready for his fifth mission to the space station on Thursday.

French astronaut Thomas Pesquet and Peggy Whitson of NASA will operate the space station's robotic arm to grab the Cygnus and bring it in to berth at the lab at 6:05 am (1005 GMT) on Saturday, NASA said.

The Cygnus shipment, meanwhile, is taking the scenic route. The Atlas V 401 configuration rocket has flown 35 times, supporting a diverse set of missions, including national security, science and exploration, commercial as well as International Space Station resupply.

The spacecraft is also carrying 38 small satellites called Cube Sats, which will be deployed later on.

According to the USA space agency NASA, the new experiments include an antibody investigation that could increase the effectiveness of chemotherapy drugs for cancer treatment and an advanced plant habitat for studying plant physiology and growth of fresh food in space.



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