Space

September 9, 2013

Orbital’s Cygnus cargo logistics spacecraft successfully mated with Antares rocket

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Orbital Sciences Corporation, one of the world’s leading space technology companies, successfully mated its Cygnus™ cargo logistics spacecraft to its Antares™ rocket Sept. 6 in preparation for its Sept. 17 launch from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport, located at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in eastern Virginia. This upcoming demonstration flight is the final milestone in the Commercial Orbital Transportation Services research and development initiative with NASA. The completion of COTS will allow Orbital to begin regular cargo resupply missions to the International Space Station under the Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA. Orbital is under contract for eight CRS missions to the ISS through 2016.

 




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