NASA Hails Private Cygnus Spacecraft’s ‘Picture Perfect’ 1st Launch to Station | Space.com


An Antares rocket built by Orbital Sciences Corp. successfully launched into orbit from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility here at 10:58 a.m. EDT (1458 GMT), carrying the company’s first robotic Cygnus spacecraft on a critical demonstration flight to the International Space Station.

via NASA Hails Private Cygnus Spacecraft's 'Picture Perfect' 1st Launch to Station | Space.com.

Wallops has been busy lately. I’m glad to see more American launches to resupply ISS. Now if we could only get manned launch capability, then we wouldn’t be so dependent on the Russians.

Cygnus will rendezvous with ISS on Sunday and deliver just over 1,500 pounds of cargo.

Launch video for your enjoyment:

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  1. KenW

    That looks nothing like the real Cygnus! I saw it when I was a kid at the movies. The Palomino was way cooler.