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ISS cargo ship demonstration from Va postponed

Saturday - 9/14/2013, 4:20pm  ET

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) -- The planned launch of a ship from Virginia to the International Space Station is being postponed by at least 24 hours.

Dulles-based Orbital Sciences Corp. says that poor weather delayed Friday's roll-out of its Antares rocket and Cygnus spacecraft. A technical issue also was identified during a systems test.

The launch was originally set for Tuesday from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore. Officials say the launch is now set for between 10:50 a.m. and 11:05 a.m. Wednesday.

Rendezvous with the space station remains scheduled for next Sunday.

Orbital is one of two companies with U.S. contracts to resupply the International Space Station. California-based SpaceX already has made several deliveries.

After a successful demonstration mission to the station, Orbital will begin conducting eight planned cargo resupply flights.


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