Second Private Company About To Fly To Space Station - NewsChannel5.com | Nashville News, Weather & Sports

Second Private Company About To Fly To Space Station

Posted: Updated:
Orbital Sciences Corp. (AP Photo) Orbital Sciences Corp. (AP Photo)

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - NASA's commercial space station suppliers are about to double in number.

On Wednesday morning, Orbital Sciences Corp. plans to launch an unmanned rocket with a capsule packed with supplies for the International Space Station. Liftoff is scheduled for 10:50 a.m. from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

It will be the first-ever space station supply run for the Virginia-based company. And it will be only the second business to attempt a space station shipment like this. The California-based SpaceX company has been launching station supplies for more than a year.

The Cygnus capsule contains 1,300 pounds of food, clothing and goodies for the astronauts - nothing too valuable given this is a test flight. Four days of orbital testing are planned. That would put arrival on Sunday.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Powered by WorldNow
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 NewsChannel 5 (WTVF-TV) and WorldNow. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.