Cygnus-ISS Rendezvous Delayed

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Commercial spacecraft, Cygnus, did not pass required test in order to dock with the International Space Station delaying the scheduled rendezvous.

    Orbital Sciences Corporation’s Cygnus spacecraft was scheduled to rendezvous with the International Space Station this past weekend in a resupply mission. However, the date has been postponed until Saturday at the earliest since the spacecraft didn’t past the tests it needed to before docking.  A data format mismatch hindered the initial green light, which is now said to be fixed.  But the delay left Cygnus standing in line behind Expedition 37/38’s three new residents to the ISS, who will arriveWednesday night.  If this resupply is successful, Orbital has eight more planned.