CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (September 23, 2013)—Orbital Sciences Corp.’s Cygnus capsule won’t attempt to dock with the International Space Station for a week.
The capsule was supposed to arrive Sunday, but the rendezvous was aborted because of a discrepancy in navigation data between the two vessels.
The Virginia company has developed and tested a software repair to sync up the two sets of GPS data, but on Monday, NASA and Orbital Sciences agreed to delay this second delivery attempt until at least Saturday because of the time needed to come up with the fix and an impending manned mission from Kazakhstan.
Three astronauts are scheduled to lift off aboard a Russian rocket Wednesday and should arrive at the space station later in the day.
This is the maiden voyage of the Cygnus.