NASA and commercial partner Orbital Sciences Corp. are preparing to deliver more cargo to the International Space Station (ISS). The resupply mission is the latest in NASA's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program, which relies on American companies to launch materials and astronauts to the ISS.
Orbital's Antares rocket, with a Cygnus cargo spacecraft onboard, is scheduled to launch at 10:50 a.m. EDT Wednesday from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Cygnus, an unpiloted resupply ship, is capable of carrying more than 3,700 pounds of cargo. On this particular demonstration flight, it will be delivering 1,300 pounds of supplies, including food, clothing, and office supplies, to the ISS crew.