This will be Orbital's second commercial resupply mission to the ISS. The launch has been postponed several times for a range of reasons since its initial schedule in May.
Among the science payload are small, free-flying, robot prototypes equipped with smartphones that could eventually be used to monitor environmental factors, and a cubesat spacecraft that will test an exo-braking device that could return small samples from the space station to Earth or land nanosatellite missions on Mars.
If Sunday's launch is a success, the Cygnus is expected to berth with the space station at
The public can view the liftoff from the
NASA TV will cover the launch and the berthing at nasa.gov/nasatv.
For the latest on the launch, call the Wallops Public Information Line at 757-824-2050.
Dietrich can be reached by phone at 757-247-7892.
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