Atlas 5 rocket sends Cygnus in hot pursuit of space station | Spaceflight Now
CAPE CANAVERAL — Bound for an orbital rendezvous with the International Space Station on Wednesday, a commercial Cygnus freighter was successfully launched by an Atlas 5 rocket this afternoon to restart American cargo deliveries to the research outpost.
The United Launch Alliance booster rocket lifted off at 4:44:57 p.m. EST (2144:57 GMT) from Cape Canaveral on a trek to place the Orbital ATK-owned resupply ship into its preliminary 143-statute-mile orbit. At the time of ignition, the station was flying just off the east coast of the U.S.
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