Antares launch vehicle with cargo ship Cygnus was launched from the cosmodrome on the island of Wallops (Virginia, USA) in the Atlantic Ocean.
The spacecraft is to deliver to the International Space Station about 3.6 tons of cargo: food, basic necessities, equipment for the station, and instruments for scientific research.
This flight of Cygnus is the third under a new contract between NASA and Northrop Grumman, which is building the Cygnus ships. By 2024 it is planned to make at least 6 launches of cargo ships. Under the previous contract, there were 11 launches to the station, one more was unsuccessful.