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First Cygnus Preps for Launch to ISS

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Orbital Rolls Out Antares Rocket to Wallops Launch Pad for COTS Demonstration Mission to International Space Station

-- Launch of Company’s First Cygnus Cargo Spacecraft Aboard Antares Rocket Targeted for Next Tuesday, September 17 --

-- COTS Demonstration Mission to Pave the Way for Regularly Scheduled ISS Supply Flights Beginning Late This Year --

(Dulles, VA 13 September 2013) – Earlier today, Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) rolled out its Antares™ rocket that will launch the company’s first Cygnus™ spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS) for its demonstration mission under the Commercial Orbital Transportations Services (COTS) joint development program with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Orbital is currently targeting Tuesday, September 17 for the launch during a 15-minute window from 11:16 to 11:31 a.m. (EDT). During the mission, the Antares rocket will boost the Cygnus spacecraft into a parking orbit of approximately 245 x 300 kilometers in altitude, inclined at 51.6° to the equator. Live coverage of the COTS demonstration mission will be available on NASA Television and at http://www.nasa.gov/ntv.

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Antares Launch Update

Following a meeting held this earlier this morning (14th Sept.), orbital's Antares team has decided to postpone the launch of the COTs Demonstration mission from Wallops Island, VA by at least 24 hours.

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Antares to Launch Pad Time Lapse

Roll out of the Antares/Cygnus rocket from the Horizontal Integration Facility to the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport launch Pad-0A and then staged to vertical launch position at Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Va. on Sept. 14, 2013.

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