Cygnus Cargo Spacecraft launched by Antares 


On 21st May, ATK Antares rocket launched a Cygnus cargo spacecraft to ISS (International Space Station). The launch was successful. The Cygnus spacecraft has been named as S.S. J.R. Thompson. This name has been given by Orbital ATK. The late company executive inspires the name. The spacecraft is said to have carried more than three thousand three hundred fifty kg of cargo for the International Space Station. 

The Antares rocket took off from Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (Wallops Island, Virginia). The launch took place precisely at 4:44 a.m. There were slight changes done by the controllers because of the unexpected weather conditions. But the rocket was fortunate as the weather limitations soon calmed down with the progress of the countdown of the launch. 

The concerned sources and officials informed that the rocket located the Cygnus spacecraft into orbit just after nine minutes of launch. However, the Cygnus spacecraft established its solar arrays after one more hour. The sources further added that the Cygnus spacecraft is expected to reach the International