Winds force cancellation of unmanned rocket launch

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Associated Press

Posted on April 20, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Updated Sunday, Apr 21 at 11:01 AM

ATLANTIC, Virginia (AP) — A company contracted by the U.S. space agency to deliver supplies to the International Space Station has cancelled the launch of a test rocket.

High winds forced the cancellation of the launch of the unmanned Antares rocket planned for Saturday from Virginia.

Orbital Sciences Corp. plans to try again Sunday.

The launch is designed to test whether a practice payload could reach orbit and safely separate from the rocket.

Orbital is one of two companies contracted to supply the space station by NASA, which ended its shuttle program in 2011.

SpaceX completed its third supply run to the station last month.

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