NASA Will Webcast 360-Degree View of Cargo Ship Launch Today: Watch It Live

You can watch a first-ever 360-degree livestream of a rocket launch on Tuesday (April 18).

Orbital ATK’s robotic Cygnus load upholder is scheduled to launch toward a International Space Station (ISS) Tuesday atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket during 11:11 a.m. EDT (1511 GMT) from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. You can watch it live here during, pleasantness of NASA TV, or directly at the space agency’s YouTube channel.

Cygnus has flown a series of such resupply runs in a past, though this liftoff will be special, from a viewer’s viewpoint during least: You’ll be means to get a pad’s-eye view, in 360 degrees.

“To perspective in 360, use a rodent or pierce a personal device to demeanour adult and down, behind and forth, for a 360-degree perspective around Space Launch Complex-41 during Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida,” NASA officials wrote in a statement. “Those who possess practical existence headsets will be means to demeanour around and knowledge a perspective as if they were indeed hire on a launch pad.”

The Cygnus is packaged with some-more than 7,600 lbs. (3,450 kilograms) of systematic gear, hardware and reserve for a ISS organisation — so most load that a goal will occupy an Atlas V rather than Orbital’s possess Antares booster, that is not utterly as powerful. (An Antares is slated to loft a subsequent Cygnus mission, that will lift off this summer.)

If all goes according to plan, a Cygnus — dubbed a S.S. John Glenn, after a initial American to circuit a Earth — will follow a ISS down for 4 days, eventually reaching a orbiting lab on Saturday morning (April 22). It will afterwards be grappled by a station’s outrageous robotic arm and commissioned on a Unity module.

Both Orbital ATK and SpaceX fly robotic load missions to a space hire for NASA. SpaceX, that uses the Dragon plug and Falcon 9 rocket, has launched 10 such engaged missions, one of that failed. Tuesday’s launch will flog off Orbital’s seventh engaged flight. Orbital has suffered one disaster as well.

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