Orbital picks Atlas 5 to launch next space station cargo run

December 11, 2014 11:05 AM

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Orbital Sciences Corp. announced Tuesday it selected United Launch Alliance’s Atlas 5 rocket to launch a Cygnus space station resupply mission in late 2015 while the company redesigns its Antares booster with a new engine following a catastrophic failure seconds after liftoff in October.

The Atlas 5 launcher will take off from Cape Canaveral’s Complex 41 launch pad to send Orbital’s Cygnus supply ship on a trek to the International Space Station.

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