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Orbital Sciences begins operations at Va. spaceport

Monday - 10/1/2012, 12:29pm  ET

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. - Space technology company Orbital Sciences is beginning on- pad operations of its rocket projects at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Virginia's Eastern Shore.

The Dulles, Va.-based company says it's getting ready for flight demonstrations of its Antares medium-class launch vehicle and Cygnus cargo logistics spacecraft as part of a 1.9 billion NASA contract to deliver essential cargo to the International Space Station.

The company said Monday it plans to test, launch and complete a demonstration mission over the next several months from the launch complex at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility.

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