NASA’s Cygnus spacecraft, flying cargo to the ISS (International Space National), launched yesterday and ran into major problems shortly after.
According to NASA, about 7 hours after a successful launch out of Virginia, the Cygnus spacecraft failed to deploy a set of solar arrays. These are crucial power sources that can produce about 3.5 kilowatts — needed to keep onboard computers and navigation operational.
Because the Cygnus spacecraft only deployed one set of arrays, it’s now only receiving half the power. So, can it survive and get supplies to the ISS with just one power source?
In a recent NASA statement, the manufacturer of the spacecraft, Northrop, thinks the Cygnus should have sufficient power to dock with the ISS as planned early Nov. 9, allowing the station’s robotic arm to capture and pull it in.
NASA said it was “assessing” that information. Story developing.