Taurus II First Stage Delivery From Ukraine Delayed

Artist's conception of Obital Sciences Corporation's Taurus II rocket set for launch at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island, Virginia.

It looks as if there will be a further delay in the inaugural launch of Orbital Sciences Corporation’s Taurus II rocket, which is currently scheduled for sometime next spring.

Ukraine’s state owned company ” Yuzhmash” based in eastern city Dnipropetrovsk postponed the delivery of the basic part of the Taurus-II launch vehicle’s first stage to a U.S. company, the Ukranian company said in a statement on Tuesday.

“For some technical reasons, the delivery date has been put off to September-October,” the statement said.

The delivery was reportedly scheduled for August.

OSC is developing the Taurus II with the assistance of funding under NASA’s COTS program. It addition to launching satellites, the new rocket will send Cygnus freighters to the International Space Station.

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