Orbital ATK’s Cygnus cargo craft arrives at the International Space Station

Orbital ATK's Cygnus cargo ship arrived at the International Space Station today, carrying more than 7,000 pounds (3,000 kilograms) of water, food and supplies for global astronauts.

Last Updated: Dec 09, 2015, 22:15 PM IST
Orbital ATK’s Cygnus cargo craft arrives at the International Space Station

Miami: Orbital ATK's Cygnus cargo ship arrived at the International Space Station today, carrying more than 7,000 pounds (3,000 kilograms) of water, food and supplies for global astronauts.

"Capture confirmed," a NASA commentator said at 6:19 am (1119 GMT), as NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren, operating the Canadian made robotic arm from inside the space station, reached out and grabbed the beer-keg shaped spaceship.

"Cygnus has arrived at the station."

Following the capture, the spaceship will slowly be brought closer to the ISS to be bolted securely on in the coming hours.

The spaceship launched Sunday from Cape Canaveral Florida atop an Atlas V rocket built by United Launch Alliance.

Orbital has not sent a cargo spaceship to orbit since October 2014, when its Antares rocket exploded shortly after liftoff due to a problem with its Ukrainian-made engine.

Astronauts plan to dive into the contents of the Cygnus and begin unpacking it early tomorrow, NASA said.