Orbital's cargo ship aims to dock at space station
Published on Jan 12, 2014 9:42 AM
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Orbital Sciences Corporation's unmanned Cygnus spaceship is on track to berth with the International Space Station early Sunday, marking its second trip to the research outpost, the company said.
Once Cygnus approaches 9 metres from the orbiting lab, the space station's robotic arm will reach out and grab the incoming cargo carrier.
The rendezvous is scheduled for 6.02am (6.02pm Singapore time), Orbital and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) said on their websites Saturday.
Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata and his US colleague Mike Hopkins will be operating the space lab's 17.3-metre Canadian-made mechanical arm, known as the Canadarm.
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