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Orbital Sciences Antares Cygnus Launch Coverage

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Cygnus Orb-D1 was launched by an Antares 110 rocket flying from Pad 0A at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport. The launch took place at 14:58:02.2 UTC on 18 September 2013, and successfully inserted the Cygnus into low Earth orbit. The launch marked the second flight of the Antares rocket, and the final flight of the interim Antares 110 configuration During its mission, Cygnus will perform on-orbit testing and demonstration maneuvers before and during rendezvous with the International Space Station. If these tests are completed successfully it will be captured by the space station's remote manipulator system and berthed with the outpost. The spacecraft is carrying 700 kilograms (1,500 lb) of cargo for delivery to the ISS in its pressurized cargo module. Cygnus will become the seventh type of spacecraft to visit the ISS, after the manned Soyuz and Space Shuttle, and unmanned Progress, ATV, HTV and Dragon. -http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cygnus_1