Space Station Commercial Cargo Carrier Arriving At NASA Wallops

WASHINGTON -- NASA's partnership with industry to develop
transportation to the International Space Station reaches another
milestone on Wednesday, Aug. 24. The cargo module for Orbital
Sciences Corp.'s Cygnus spacecraft, which will carry supplies to the
station, is scheduled to arrive at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

Reporters are invited to cover the arrival of Cygnus' Pressurized
Cargo Module (PCM) at 4 p.m. EDT Wednesday. NASA officials and
Orbital representatives will be available for interviews. To attend,
journalists must contact Keith Koehler at 757-824-1579 or e-mail
keith.a.koehler@nasa.gov by noon EDT on Aug. 23.

During the next several months, Orbital's engineering team will
integrate the PCM with the Cygnus service module that includes the
spacecraft's avionics, propulsion and power systems.

The Cygnus spacecraft is scheduled for a demonstration flight early
next year on an Orbital Taurus II launch vehicle under NASA's
Commercial Orbital Transportation Services agreement with the
company. Cygnus will launch from the Mid-Atlantic Regional
Spaceport's pad 0A at Wallops. For information about the spacecraft, visit:


For information about NASA's commercial space transportation efforts, visit:



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