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Last-minute glitch postpones East Coast rocket test launch

Last Updated: Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 09:45

Zee Media Bureau

Atlantic: A private US company hired by NASA cancelled its plan to test launch its new Antares rocket intended to be used on supply runs to the International Space Station after a last-minute technical glitch, officials said.

The officials reported that an important data cord linked to the rocket`s second stage detached too soon thereby leading to cancellation of the rocket test launch.

The test flight mission aims to place a dummy cargo capsule into the orbit.

The next launch attempt of the rocket developed by Orbital Sciences Corp is expected from a new commercial spaceport in Virginia at 5 p.m. EDT (2100 GMT) on Friday.

If successful, Orbital Sciences would then start working on an eight-flight, $1.9 billion contract to fly supplies to the station for NASA.

Orbital and California-based SpaceX have contracted to make space station supply runs with NASA, which ended its shuttle programme in 2011.

(With Agency inputs)

First Published: Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 09:32

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