Monday, August 18, 2014

Orbital completes cargo mission

DULLES, Va. -- Orbital Sciences today 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 $1.9 billion Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract with NASA. The Cygnus spacecraft was launched July 13 atop the company's Antares rocket from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in east Virginia. (Source: Business Wire, 08/18/14) Gulf Coast note: The Antares rocket is powered by AJ-26 engines tested at Stennis Space Center, Miss.