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Orbital's cargo ship aims to dock at space station

Published on Jan 12, 2014 9:42 AM
 
This Oct 22, 2013, Nasa handout image captured by astronaut Karen L. Nyberg on board the International Space Station(ISS) shows the unmanned cargo ship Cygnus after departure from the ISS. 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. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP 

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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