Roughly 37 hours after launching from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) in Virginia, Northrop Grumman’s NG-11 Cygnus spacecraft has arrived at the International Space Station with 7,600 lbs (3,442 kg) of supplies.
Grappled by Station astronauts Anne McClain (NASA) and David Saint-Jacques (CSA) using the Canadarm2, the S.S. Roger Chaffee will now be berthed to the Station’s Unity (Node-1) Nadir port.
Cygnus will remain at the Station until July, after which it will undertake a planned multi-month free flight test.
Cygnus in orbit; Antares deploys satellites:
The NG-11 Cygnus mission continues a busy resupply month for the Station and its 6 person crew, marking the second major resupply flight to arrive this month with one more to follow.
Previously, the Progress MS-11 Russian resupply craft launched to and arrived at the International Space Station on 4 April.
The might of Antares captured from remote camera of Brady Kenniston at the NG-11 launch. (Credit: Brady Kenniston for NSF/L2)
Cygnus will soon be joined on orbit next week when SpaceX’s CRS-17 cargo Dragon launches on NET (No Earlier Than) 26 April at 05:55 EDT (0955 UTC).
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