Last-minute glitch postpones East Coast rocket test launch
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Last Updated: Thursday, April 18, 2013, 09:45
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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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