Rocket rolled out at NASA's Va flight facility

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Associated Press

Posted on April 7, 2013 at 10:30 AM

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) — A rocket headed to the International Space Station from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore is one step closer to its inaugural flight.

Space technology company Orbital Sciences rolled out the first fully integrated Antares rocket to the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad early Saturday.

The Dulles, Va.-based company is getting ready for flight demonstrations of its Antares medium-class launch vehicle and Cygnus cargo logistics spacecraft as part of a 1.9 billion NASA contract to deliver essential cargo to the International Space Station. NASA says the launch window for the test flight is between April 17 and 19.

In February, Orbital Sciences conducted a 29-second "hot fire" test of the rocket engine to demonstrate the readiness of the rocket's first stage and launch pad fueling systems.

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