Solar Arrays Successfully Deployed on Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus Spacecraft

Rocket launches into a clear blue sky
The Northrop Grumman Antares rocket, with Cygnus resupply spacecraft onboard, launches from Pad-0A, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020 at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

The solar arrays have successfully deployed on Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus spacecraft that is on its way to deliver approximately 7,500 pounds of science and research, crew supplies, and hardware to the International Space Station. This is the company’s 13th contracted cargo resupply mission with NASA.

Cygnus is scheduled to arrive at the International Space Station at approximately 4:05 a.m. EST on Tuesday, Feb. 18. NASA TV coverage of the spacecraft’s approach and arrival to the orbiting laboratory will begin at 2:30 a.m. on NASA Television and the agency’s website. NASA Flight Engineer Andrew Morgan will grapple Cygnus and NASA astronaut Jessica Meir  will be acting as a backup. After capture, the spacecraft will be installed on the Unity module’s Earth-facing port. NASA TV coverage of the spacecraft’s installation will begin at 6 a.m. EST.

Follow the Cygnus spacecraft’s arrival to the orbiting laboratory on the space station blog and by following @space_station and @ISS_Research on Twitter as well as the ISS Facebook and ISS Instagram accounts. View more photos from the launch at our Flickr gallery.

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