Sept. 18, 2013
NASA's commercial space station suppliers are about to double in number.
On Wednesday morning, Orbital Sciences Corp. launched an unmanned rocket with a capsule packed with supplies for the International Space Station. Liftoff took place shortly before 11 AM from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.
The launch marks the first-ever space station supply run for the Virginia-based company. Also, it is only the second business to attempt a space station shipment like this. The California-based SpaceX company has been launching station supplies for more than a year.
The Cygnus capsule contains 1,300 pounds of food, clothing and goodies for the astronauts - nothing too valuable given this is a test flight. Four days of orbital testing are planned. That would put arrival on Sunday.