The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on Saturday successfully launched the S.S. Kalpana Chawla Cygnus into space for its resupply mission.
The Northrop Grumman Resupply Mission is headed for the ISS and is set to rendezvous with the space station on October 5.
“Launch success! We have confirmed that the solar arrays are fully deployed on the S.S. Kalpana Chawla #Cygnus. Next stop @Space_Station!” Northrop Grumman tweeted from its official account.
“Cygnus is set to rendezvous with the @Space_Station on Oct. 5, with live coverage on @NASA TV beginning at 3:45 a.m. EDT,” it added.
The spacecraft used for the mission has been named in honour of the first female astronaut of Indian descent, Kalpana Chawla.
As a tradition, Northrop Grumman names each Cygnus after an individual “who has played a pivotal role in human spaceflight.”
“Chawla was selected in honour of her prominent place in history as the