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Orbital rocket blasts off on space station cargo run

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 00:51

Orbital's Antares rocket blasts off from Virginia in what NASA says is it's first launch since the 2014 booster explosion. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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NATURAL ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) An unmanned Antares rocket owned by Orbital ATK Inc. blasted off from Virginia on Monday (October 17) with a cargo ship for the International Space Station, marking the booster's return to flight two years after a previous version exploded during liftoff. The 14-story tall rocket, powered by a pair of new Russian-made engines, blasted off from Wallops Island, Virginia, at 7:45 p.m. EDT (2345 GMT), a NASA TV broadcast showed. The rocket carried a Cygnus capsule loaded with 5,290 pounds (2,400 kg) of food, supplies, equipment and science experiments for the space station, a $100 billion laboratory in orbit about 250 miles (400 km) above Earth. The capsule is expected to reach the station on Sunday after lingering several days in orbit to allow time for a Russian Soyuz capsule carrying three new crew members to reach the outpost on Friday. The Soyuz is slated to launch Wednesday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

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Orbital rocket blasts off on space station cargo run

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 00:51