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July 12, 2014
16:37 EDTORBOrbital near ready to launch AntaresTM rocket
Orbital Sciences Corporation announced it is in final preparations to launch the company’s AntaresTM rocket carrying its CygnusTM cargo logistics spacecraft destined for the International Space Station, ISS. Pending completion of final vehicle testing and acceptable local weather conditions, the launch will take place on July 13 with lift-off targeted for 12:52 p.m. EDT. The launch will originate from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport located at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in eastern Virginia. The Antares medium-class rocket will boost the Cygnus spacecraft into a targeted orbit of 125 x 185 miles above the Earth, inclined at 51.6 degrees to the equator. Following in-orbit activation and testing after launch, Cygnus will rendezvous and berth with the ISS on July 16 at approximately 6:39 a.m. EDT.
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August 18, 2014
12:28 EDTORBOrbital nearing launch of its third CRS mission of 2014
Orbital Sciences announced the successful completion of its third cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station in the past 10 months, including the initial demonstration flight completed in October 2013 and the first two operational missions under the company’s $1.9B Commercial Resupply Services, CRS, contract with NASA. The company also noted that it is nearing the launch of its third CRS mission of 2014, which is currently scheduled to take place in mid-October.

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