The “S.S. Alan Poindexter,” Orbital ATK’s Cygnus cargo craft named for the late astronaut, lifted off Monday (Oct. 17) on the company’s redesigned Antares rocket bound for the space station. The launch, from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, marked the return to flight for the Antares after two years of work to refit it with new RD-181 engines. The Cygnus is packed with 5,400 lbs of crew supplies, hardware and research equipment.
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