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    Orbital to launch Antares rocket Oct. 27 from Wallops Flight Facility

    Residents in Leesburg, weather permitting, should be able to view the Orbital rocket launch on Oct. 27, starting at 6:45 p.m. Rendering Courtesy/Orbital Sciences
    Dulles-based Orbital Sciences in partnership with NASA on Oct. 27 will launch its Orb-3 Cygnus Spacecraft on a commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station from the Wallops Flight Facility in eastern Virginia.

    An Orbital Sciences spokesperson says the launch, weather permitting, should be able to be viewed from Leesburg and Ashburn.

    Lift-off of the Antares rocket, which will carry the Orb-3 Spacecraft, is scheduled for 6:45 p.m. with rendezvous and berthing with the International Space Station early in the morning of Nov. 2.

    The powered launch sequence will last about nine-and-a-half minutes from liftoff through the separation of the Cygnus from the launch vehicle.

    The Orb-3 mission is the fifth launch of Orbital's Antares rocket in its first 18 months of operation.

    It also will be the fourth cargo delivery mission to the space station by a Cygnus spacecraft.

    During the Oct. 27 mission, Orb-3 will deliver its largest cargo load to date, carrying approximately 5,500 pounds of cargo to the space station for NASA.
    At the conclusion of the mission, Orbital will have carried a total of 13,378 pounds of essential supplies, equipment and scientific experiments to the space station and will have removed 13,444 pounds of disposal cargo.


    Residents in Ashburn, weather permitting, should be able to view the Orbital rocket launch on Oct. 27, starting at 6:45 p.m. Rendering Courtesy/Orbital Sciences
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