Last-minute glitch postpones debut of new U.S. rocket

April 18, 2013 10:01 PM

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Last-minute glitch postpones debut of new U.S. rocket

(Reuters) - A U.S. company hired by NASA to fly cargo to the International Space Station canceled plans to launch its new Antares rocket on a demonstration mission on Wednesday after a last-minute technical glitch, officials said.

The 13-story rocket developed by Orbital Sciences Corp had been slated to lift off from a new commercial spaceport in Virginia at 5 p.m. EDT (2100 GMT) and place a dummy cargo capsule into orbit.

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