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Virginia-based Orbital Sciences Corp. sent up its first entry into the space freight business Wednesday, September 18, 2013, with the launch of a new unmanned cargo carrier to the International Space Station. It's the first flight for the company's Cygnus spacecraft and the second for its Antares booster rocket. Liftoff was at 10:58 a.m. Wednesday at NASA's launch facility at Wallops Island, Virginia, about 90 miles north of Norfolk.

Virginia-based Orbital Sciences Corp. sent up its first entry into the space freight business Wednesday, September 18, 2013, with the launch of a new unmanned cargo carrier to the International Space Station. It's the first flight for the company's Cygnus spacecraft and the second for its Antares booster rocket. Liftoff was at 10:58 a.m. Wednesday at NASA's launch facility at Wallops Island, Virginia, about 90 miles north of Norfolk.

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Orbital Sciences Corp. sent up its first entry into the space freight business Wednesday with the launch of a new unmanned cargo carrier to the International Space Station.