Antares launches Cygnus for Orb2 mission

This afternoon an Orbital Sciences Antares Rocket launched the SS Janice Voss Cygnus spacecraft to orbit to begin it’s mission to the International Space Station.  

The launch, which had been delayed several times due to investigations into a failure of one of the AJ26 engines used by Antares during it’s testing cycle and due to weather issues during rollout, went very smoothly lifting off on time and ten minutes later reaching orbit.  Once in orbit the Solar Array’s where deployed and the spacecraft began it’s journey to the station.

Cygnus is carrying 1,656kg of cargo to ISS including food, hardware, science equipment & 29 CubeSats. Overview

The spacecraft is expected to arrive at the station on Wednesday. 

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