After a week's delay, the unmanned cargo vessel developed by Orbital Science arrived at the ISS, where the astronauts there managed to dock it to the Harmony module using a robotic arm at
The crew on Monday afternoon will open the Cygnus hatch to begin unloading the more than 590 kilos (about 1300 pounds) of supplies on board, including food and clothing.
Orbital Science is the second private company to undertake a cargo transport mission to the ISS. The
Cygnus, unlike Dragon, which is designed to return to Earth after completing its mission, does not provide return capability, but can be loaded with obsolete equipment and trash and is programmed to burn up on reentry into the atmosphere.
It is scheduled to remain docked to the ISS until late October.
The cargo vessel was launched on
Cygnus was captured by the Canadarm2 robot arm operated by flight engineers Luca Parmitano and
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