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This morning, Orbital and NASA together decided to postpone the approach, rendezvous, grapple and berthing operations of the Cygnus cargo logistics spacecraft with the International Space Station until after the upcoming Soyuz crew operations are complete. The Soyuz crew is due to arrive at the ISS very late on Wednesday, September 25. The earliest possible date for the next Cygnus approach and rendezvous with the ISS would be Saturday, September 28. An exact schedule will be determined following the successful completion of Soyuz operations.


NASA commercial space partner Orbital Sciences Corp. of Dulles, Va., launched its Cygnus cargo spacecraft aboard its Antares rocket at 10:58 a.m. EDT Wednesday from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad-0A at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.


Wednesday, September 4th, 2013 news briefing at Johnson Space Center focused on the upcoming Antares rocket launch from Wallops -- and test flight to the International Space Station of Orbital's Cygnus cargo craft. Launch is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 17. The flight is part of NASA' Commercial Orbital Transportation Services Program to develop private and public partnerships for resupply of the ISS.