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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Antares Takes Flight!

An Antares rocket carrying the Cygnus spacecraft launches from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on September 18, 2013...beginning the Orb-D1 mission.
Orbital Sciences

Godspeed, Cygnus! Orbital Sciences' newest cargo ship successfully launched aboard the company's Antares rocket on a multi-day trip to the International Space Station (ISS) this morning. Lift-off took place at 7:58 AM, Pacific Daylight Time, at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. With Cygnus' twin solar arrays unfurled and its propulsion system now activated before I typed this, the freighter is on track to become the second class of privately-made spacecraft (behind SpaceX's Dragon capsule) to bring supplies to the ISS. Today has marked another milestone for NASA and commercial aerospace companies in general.

Cygnus is set to arrive at the ISS this Sunday, September 22.

An artist's concept of the Cygnus freighter with the International Space Station in the background.
Orbital Sciences

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