Orbital’s Maiden Flight of Unmanned Cygnus Cargo Ship Launched
On the launch of the maiden flight of Orbital Sciences Corp's unmanned Cygnus cargo ship, its Executive Vice-President Frank Culbertson termed the launch as an initial effort to support human space flight.
The Cygnus capsule hitched to Orbital Science's Antares rocket was launched on Sunday. It blasted off from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility, Virginia. In order to make the blast off memorable, a video has also been shot.
It was after initial 10 minutes that the Cygnus capsule got separated from the Antares rocket and went to Earth's orbit. Solar arrays will be used to provide power to the spacecraft.
As soon as the capsule blasted off marking the success of the launch, a NASA commentator said that clapping could be heard at mission control.
"Today marks a milestone in our new era of exploration as we expand the capability for making cargo launches to the International Space Station from American shores", said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden.
It is said that the spacecraft is scheduled to reach at the International Space Station on Sunday at 1130 GMT. The Cygnus capsule is ferrying food, clothing and other basic essential for the crew members present on the space station. Till now, the operations are going smoothly.
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