Satnews Daily
September 25th, 2013

Orbital Science’s Cygnus To ISS...Patience Is A Virtue...Delivery Delayed...Again!

[SatNews] Hope there isn’t anything perishable on board, with the delay of a week and still counting...

Today, another delay for Cygnus, Orbital Science’s spacecraft that will deliver cargo to the ISS.

Cygnus, the Orbital Science spacecraft headed for the International Space Station, is in orbital limbo (no pun intended). A week ago today, the company's Antares rocket blasted the capsule into space toward an expected rendezvous with the ISS. However there was a software glitch, then the Soyuz launch today, meant another wait.

When the Cygnus reaches the station, Orbital will join SpaceX as the only companies to reach ISS with their own privately built spacecraft.

Orbital had planned to reach the station this past Sunday, then delayed the ETA to today, Wednesday, because of a software glitch.

Now, Cygnus will have to wait a little longer to make the connection due to the Russian Soyuz spacecraft.

NASA says it wants them to have a few days to get settled before they have to deal with bringing a brand new ship to the ISS.

Orbital reports the delay is not a problem, and can remain in orbit around Earth for an "extended period of time" until the space station is ready for its arrival of cargo.