Orbital 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.