An Orbital Sciences Corp. (ORB) rocket lifted off today in an attempt to send an unmanned commercial craft to the International Space Station.
The company’s new Antares rocket launched at 10:58 a.m. from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. The liftoff had been postponed a day because bad weather on Sept. 13 delayed the rocket’s transport to the launch pad.
The mission is the final test before Dulles, Virginia-based Orbital can make regular cargo deliveries under a $1.9 billion contract with NASA.
Closely held Space Exploration Technologies Corp., controlled by billionaire Elon Musk, last year became the first company to berth a private supply ship with the station.
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