Thursday, September 19, 2013

Orbital's Cygnus space freighter embarks on maiden voyage

Orbital's Cygnus space freighter embarks on maiden voyage

The new Cygnus commercial cargo ship has launched on a demonstration voyage to the International Space Station.

Built by Orbital Sciences Corporation (OSC), the robotic vessel lifted off atop an Antares rocket from the Wallops spaceport in Virginia, US.

Cygnus is one of two private systems seeded by Nasa to meet America’s ISS re-supply requirements following the retirement of the space shuttles.