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New Date Set for Wallops Island Orb-3 Mission Launch

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WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. - A date is now set for the next cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility.  The rocket is scheduled for lift off at 6:45 p.m. on October 27. 

The Orb-3 Commercial Resupply Services mission was delayed because Hurricane Gonzalo hit an area of Bermuda where there is a rocket tracking station.  After inspection, NASA and Orbital established the new launch date.

NASA says Orbital is launching the Orb-3 mission to orbit several days earlier than necessary to preserve schedule flexibility and time its arrival at the station to conform to other visiting vehicle operations.

According to NASA, the Cygnus spacecraft is fully fueled and loaded with most of its cargo bound for the ISS.  It has already been mated with the Antares rocket that will launch it into low-Earth orbit. NASA says the remaining time sensitive "final load" cargo will be placed onboard Thursday, October 23.

On Friday, October 24, the Antares rocket will be rolled out from the Horizontal Integration Facility to the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport launch pad located about a mile away at the Wallops Flight Facility.


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