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.