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Cygnus NG-11, previously known as CRS OA-11, is the twelfth planned flight of the Northrop Grumman robotic resupply spacecraft Cygnus and its eleventh flight to the International Space Station under the Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA. The mission is scheduled to launch on 17 April 2019. This is the last mission from the extended CRS contract; followup missions are part of the CRS2 contract.

Orbital ATK and NASA jointly developed a new space transportation system to provide commercial cargo resupply services to the International Space Station (ISS). Under the Commercial Orbital Transportation System (COTS) program, then Orbital Sciences designed and built Antares, a medium-class launch vehicle; Cygnus, an advanced maneuvering spacecraft, and a Pressurized Cargo Module which is provided by Orbital's industrial partner Thales Alenia Space. Northrop Grumman purchased Orbital in June 2018; its ATK division was renamed Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems.

Total weight of cargo: 3,500–3,750 kg (7,720–8,270 lb).

  • Crew supplies
  • Science investigations
  • Spacewalk equipment
  • Vehicle hardware
  • Computer resources
  • Two CubeSats for NASA's ELaNa-26 mission
  • Seeker Demo a NASA free flying CubeSat for vehicle inspection
  • 2 SatRevolution's CubeSats - Światowid and KRAKsat
 
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