Saturday, March 16, 2013
New Antares Commercial Cargo Rocket to Debut at Wallops Island April 16, 2013
The maiden flight of Orbital Sciences Corp.’s Antares commercial cargo rocket is targeted for mid-April 2013, a company spokesman said and their Twitter and corporate accounts.
Antares’ official launch date is “[n]o earlier than April 16, with a targeted date range of April 16-18,” Orbital spokesman Barron Beneski indicated March 15, 2013. More from SpaceRef as to launch media credentials.
The vehicle, along with the SpaceX Falcon 9-Dragon, will carry cargo to the International Space Station under commercial contracts through 2016.