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[b]Orbital retargets June 9 for Cygnus flight[/b]
Orbital Sciences is targeting the upcoming cargo logistics mission to the International Space Station (ISS) under the Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract with NASA for the week of June 9.
With the successful berthing of the SpaceX Dragon capsule at the space station, a crew rotation and a "solar beta cutout" also to occur in May, the earliest date that Orbital can launch will be during the second week in June.
Orbital's Antares and Cygnus teams have made great progress in preparing for this mission. The Cygnus spacecraft is currently loaded with 1,083 kg of NASA cargo, approximately 65% of the planned total cargo load.
The team has also been completing final Cygnus closeouts and has transferred the integrated Cygnus spacecraft from the payload processing facility on the Wallops main base to the fueling facility on Wallops Island. Fueling will take place in the near future.
The remaining cargo, some of which is time sensitive, will be loaded just prior to the encapsulation of the spacecraft within the Antares rocket's fairing.
The Antares team continues to prepare the rocket for the mission, conducting final testing and preparing for the integration of Cygnus with the vehicle's upper stage.
The Cygnus and Antares team also completed the Flight Readiness Certification Review (FRCR) on April 15, assessing the current status of the spacecraft and the rocket and the team's readiness to support the Orb-2 mission operations.
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