Cygnus Solar Arrays Successfully Deployed

This file photo from Feb. 22, 2021, show the Cygnus spacecraft from Northrop Grumman moments before its capture with the Canadarm2 robotic arm.

The solar arrays have successfully deployed on Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus cargo spacecraft that is on its way to deliver approximately 8,300 pounds of scientific investigations, cargo, and supplies to the International Space Station. Cygnus launched on the Antares rocket at 12:40 p.m. EST Saturday from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island in Virginia.

Coverage of the spacecraft’s approach and arrival to the orbiting laboratory will begin Monday, Feb. 21, at 3 a.m. EST on NASA Television, the NASA app, and the agency’s website.

Astronauts Kayla Barron and Raja Chari will work together to guide Cygnus into place using the Canadarm2 robotic arm.