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Virginia Company Rockets Toward Space Station

by AP posted Sep 18 2013 12:14PM
    A Virginia company is on its way to the International Space Station, doubling the number of commercial suppliers.
 
     Orbital Sciences Corp. launched its first-ever cargo ship Wednesday morning from Virginia. The capsule, named Cygnus, is due at the space station on Sunday, following four days of testing.

Photo: NASA Wallop's Flight Facility
     It's only the second private business to attempt a shipment like this. The California-based SpaceX company has been delivering station cargo for more than a year under a NASA contract.
 
     The Cygnus capsule contains 1,300 pounds of food, clothing and goodies for the astronauts - nothing too valuable given this is a test flight.
 
     Orbital Sciences' unmanned Antares rocket blasted off from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility. It's the second major launch from Wallops this month. A NASA moonshot occurred Sept. 6.
 
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09/18/2013 12:14PM
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