You can watch the docking at this website.
One week after a data glitch caused it to abort its first attempt,
Times are still tenuous, but Orbital says the Cygnus is expected to begin approaching the station at around
"They're going to use the robotic arm to grapple Cygnus, and hopefully by late morning they will have sort of guided it into the berthing port," Orbital spokesman
The Cygnus has been chasing the station, performing various
That issue caused Orbital to postpone the long-anticipated rendezvous by at least 48 hours while it created a software patch, which Beneski says has resolved the issue. Then the arrival of three new space station crewmen on Wednesday pushed the rendezvous even further down the schedule.
If the Cygnus is successful Sunday,
"It's kind of like a team before a big game," Beneski said. "You're anxious to play, you're fully trained, you're in good shape. There's butterflies before the game, of course -- but they're good. It's good to be a little bit on your toes and anxious.
"It's confidence tempered with knowing this stuff is hard. But the team is fully ready, fully prepared. The spacecraft itself is performing just fine, so we're ready to go. We're ready to start the big game."
The Cygnus launched aboard an Antares rocket from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on
The craft is loaded with 1,300 pounds of tools, food, clothing and science experiments. Once the cargo is offloaded, the craft will be packed with disposable payload.
About 30 days after its arrival, the Cygnus will return to Earth, where it's scheduled to burn up in the atmosphere over the
Once Orbital achieves this milestone,
Dietrich can be reached by phone at 757-247-7892.
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