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New Tentative Date Set for Wallops Rocket Launch

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The Cygnus spacecraft, an element of the Antares launch, is shown in April. (Photo: NASA) The Cygnus spacecraft, an element of the Antares launch, is shown in April. (Photo: NASA)
WALLOPS ISLAND, Va.- Orbital Sciences Corporation on Monday set a planning date for the next Antares rocket launch from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

The original launch date for the Orb-2 mission was scheduled for June 10, then moved to no earlier than June 17. The new date for the launch is scheduled for no earlier than July 1, according to Orbital Sciences officials.

An investigation into the cause of a late May engine failure at a testing facility is the cause for the delay according to officials, who said once the investigation team clears Antares to launch, a targeted launch date can be established.

Orb-2 is the second of eight cargo resupply missions to the International Space Station scheduled under Orbital Science's Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA, said the company, which added that all other elements of the mission are prepared to move forward.
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