Antares Launcher

Cygnus cargo ship launches to space station, deploys one of two solar arrays

Using its second-to-last Antares rocket with Russian engines before a redesign to rely on all-U.S. propulsion, Northrop Grumman sent a Cygnus supply ship into orbit from Virginia on Monday to deliver spacewalk equipment, experiments, and fresh treats for the crew on the International Space Station. Ground teams only confirmed one of the two solar arrays deployed after launch, but engineers believe the spacecraft has enough power to reach the station and complete its primary mission.