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Space Station Commercial Cargo Carrier Arriving at NASA Wallops
08.19.11
 
Aerial view of Wallops Island launch range from the South This aerial view shows the NASA Wallops Flight Facility launch range from the south. Credit:NASA/Wallops
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WASHINGTON -- NASA's partnership with industry to develop transportation to the International Space Station reaches another milestone on Wednesday, Aug. 24. The cargo module for Orbital Sciences Corp.'s Cygnus spacecraft, which will carry supplies to the station, is scheduled to arrive at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

Reporters are invited to cover the arrival of Cygnus' Pressurized Cargo Module (PCM) at 4 p.m. EDT Wednesday. NASA officials and Orbital representatives will be available for interviews. To attend, journalists must contact Keith Koehler at 757-824-1579 or e-mail keith.a.koehler@nasa.gov by noon EDT on Aug. 23.

During the next several months, Orbital's engineering team will integrate the PCM with the Cygnus service module that includes the spacecraft's avionics, propulsion and power systems

The Cygnus spacecraft is scheduled for a demonstration flight early next year on an Orbital Taurus II launch vehicle under NASA's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services agreement with the company. Cygnus will launch from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport's pad 0A at Wallops.

For information about the spacecraft, visit:
http://www.orbital.com/CargoResupplyServices/

For information about NASA's commercial space transportation efforts, visit:
http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/commercial/index.html


Wallops Release No. 11-173

Michael Braukus/J.D. Harrington
Headquarters, Washington
202-358-1979/5241
michael.j.braukus@nasa.gov/j.d.harrington@nasa.gov

Keith Koehler
NASA's Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, Va.
757-824-1579
Keith.A.Koehler@nasa.gov

Barron Beneski
Orbital Sciences Corp., Dulles, Va.
703-406-5528
beneski.barron@orbital.com