Orbital Sciences Corp. has a license from the FAA to launch a Taurus II rocket from Wallops Island, Va., carrying a Cygnus cargo carrier on its first mission to the International Space Station (ISS). The flight, tentatively scheduled for February, will mark Orbital's demonstration-flight milestone under NASA's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services seed-money effort. The Taurus II is expected to place the Cygnus in orbit, to rendezvous with the ISS autonomously, conduct proximity ...

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