Antares/Cygnus Launch Delayed Until This Summer

Orbital Blames Spaceport for Another COTS Delay, SpaceNews

"As was the case with the previous schedule slip, Dulles, Va.-based Orbital placed the blame for the delays squarely on the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority, which is responsible for preparing the launch pad for Orbital's Antares rocket -- formerly named Taurus 2 -- and its Cygnus space station cargo module."

Launch pad rework pushes Antares launch to summer, SpaceflightNow

"Unfortunately, the first flight of our new Antares medium-capacity launch vehicle, the rocket we formerly referred to as Taurus 2, was delayed again in the quarter," Thompson said in a quarterly conference call with investment analysts. "This was caused by problems of completing construction work on the launch pad's propellant handling and pressurization systems."

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