AIAA Statement on Northrop Grumman’s Successful CRS-18 Launch Written 7 November 2022



A Northrop Grumman Antares rocket, with the company’s Cygnus spacecraft aboard, launches at 5:32 a.m. EST, Monday, Nov. 7, 2022, from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.; NASA

November 7, 2022 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Executive Director Dan Dumbacher made the following statement:

“On behalf of the 30,000 professional and student members of AIAA, we congratulate the Northrop Grumman team on its successful CRS-18 launch as part of NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) program. It was exciting to see the Antares rocket carrying the S.S. Sally Ride Cygnus cargo spacecraft lift off from Virginia Space’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Space Port Pad-0A at NASA Wallops Flight Facility. We are encouraged to see continued progress of space activities across the Commonwealth of Virginia with missions like CRS-18.

This mission enables the important use of the International Space Station for microgravity research and exploration by providing the vital resupply of more than 8,000 pounds of science and research, crew supplies, and vehicle hardware to the orbital laboratory and its crew. We recognize the countless professionals across the aerospace industry involved in this program, including AIAA Corporate Member Northrop Grumman. We salute and applaud the entire NASA/industry team for shaping the future of aerospace.”

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