Computer Glitch Delays Space Station Supply Ship

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (September 22, 2013)--Orbital Sciences Corp. says its Cygnus capsule will not arrive at the International Space Station as scheduled planned Sunday morning because of a computer glitch.

The Virginia-based company says the two orbiting vessels established direct contact early Sunday, but the Cygnus rejected some data, which interrupted the entire rendezvous.

Orbital Sciences says it is working on a software repair, but it will be at least two more days until another approach is attempted.

This is the maiden voyage of the Cygnus, which lifted off from Virginia on Wednesday, carrying 1,300 pounds of food and clothes.

If necessary, it could keep orbiting the world for weeks, even months, before pulling up at the orbiting lab.


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