Officials at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility declared the Cygnus space module resupply mission to the International Space Station a success.
The spacecraft re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere early yesterday afternoon and Orbital Sciences is now preparing to get into the heart of its contract with the space agency.
The next Cygnus space module is now on its way to Wallops with a launched date for mid-December.
Orbital Sciences spokesman Barry Benseki told WBOC that there will be at least eight such launches over the next three years from Wallops.
But, he added, that there was some melancholy at seeing the space craft burn up in the atmosphere because of the time and effort spent in working on the project.