NASA is investigating whether the Cygnus spacecraft carrying a payload can dock safely at the International Space Station. After the spaceship was launched, one of the solar panels did not unfold. As a result, less energy is available.
The unmanned spacecraft blasted off on Monday from the US state of Virginia. The space company Northrop Grumman, which built the cargo ship, is trying to solve the problem of solar panels from Earth.
According to the space company, the space cargo ship can also be safely connected to the International Space Station using a single solar panel. NASA is less confident about that and achieve Whether the defect is in the way of the coupling.
The spaceship has more than 4,000 kilograms of supplies on board. It is about food, spare parts and equipment for scientific research on the International Space Station. If NASA continues to approve the link, the spacecraft will arrive at the space station on Wednesday.
After the cargo is delivered, the spaceship is filled with trash by astronauts on the International Space Station. Then the space shuttle is separated. The spacecraft burns up completely upon re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere.
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