Orbital’s Antares and Cygnus Flights Slide Further to the Right

Artist's conception of Orbital Sciences Corporation's Cygnus freighter approaching the International Space Station.

Orbital updated its COTS and CRS operational schedules, with plans to achieve four major milestones over the next year. They are as listed below:

Third quarter 2012 – Antares First-Stage Static Fire Test at Wallops

Third quarter 2012 – Antares Test Flight for COTS

Fourth quarter 2012 – COTS Demonstration Mission to ISS*

First quarter 2013 – CRS Mission #1 to ISS*

*Orbital’s operational dates are subject to coordination with NASA’s ISS cargo delivery schedule