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Private U.S. cargo spacecraft launched to Space Station.
On January 09 at 18:07 UTC the "Cygnus” privately owned U.S. unmanned supply spacecraft was launched from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at Wallops Island off the U.S. east coast., Va., USA. The "Cygnus” unmanned supply spacecraft, built by U.S. space firm Orbital Sciences Corp., was orbited by the company's "Аntares” rocket-carrier on its first cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station. The spacecraft has been named for Gordon Fullerton, the late NASA astronaut and research pilot who helped to deploy air-launched Pegasus rockets built by Orbital Sciences Corporation while he was a pilot at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center. The spacecraft is carrying 1,260 kilograms of supplies to the Space Station, including food, spare part and science experiments, 23 of which are from U.S. and Canadian students.