Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Cygnus is Go for Launch

An artist's concept of the Cygnus near the International Space Station. Image source: Orbital Sciences.

Florida Today reports that the Federal Aviation Administration has issued Orbital Sciences a license to fly the Cygnus cargo module to the International Space Station in 2012.

The first launch of Orbital's Cygnus cargo module atop a Taurus II rocket is tentatively planned in late February from Wallops Island, Va.

A first test flight of the Taurus II is planned late this year, and Orbital said an expanded FAA license covering that launch was expected soon.

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