Private rocket Antares launches successfully

Matthew Hendricks By Matthew Hendricks, 14th Oct 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/nx8cwbhd/
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Orbital Sciences, a company contracted by NASA to take supplies to the International Space Station, launched a test rocket one Sunday in April 2013.

Private rocket Antares launches successfully

Cbc.ca reports that the successful launch comes after two previous attempts were scrubbed. A data cord that was connected to the rocket's second stage came loose just minutes before the rocket was set to lift off Wednesday, and company officials said they were easily able to fix the problem. A second attempt Saturday was scrubbed because of wind.

According to space.com, this commercial rocket's successful third try, paves the way for eventual cargo flights to the International Space Station for NASA.

Built by the company Orbital Sciences, based in Dulles, Virginia, the Antares rocket is a two-stage booster designed to launch tons of supplies to the International Space Station aboard a new unmanned cargo ship called Cygnus.

Orbital has a $1.9 billion contract with NASA to provide at least eight resupply flights to the station using Antares and Cygnus.

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Antares, Launch, Rocket, Space Exploration, Space Travel

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