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First space station delivery from Va. delayed

Monday - 2/27/2012, 3:07pm  ET

ATLANTIC, Va. - The first delivery of supplies from Virginia to the International Space Station has been delayed.

Dulles-based Orbital Sciences had been planning a summer launch. The company now says the first delivery will take place sometime between September and December.

The company has a $1.9 billion contract with NASA to launch supplies from the Eastern Shore to the International Space Station.

Orbital is planning a demonstration launch from the spaceport in June or July. The rocket would dock at the space station but not deliver supplies.

The Daily Press reports ( http://bit.ly/zUB9pc) that building a launch pad at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport forced the delay. The most immediate of concerns is the pad's fuel handling and pressurization system, which caught fire during an engine test in June.

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Information from: Daily Press, http://www.dailypress.com


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