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Private rocket launched from U.S.

Monday, Apr 22, 2013 - 00:37

April 22 - Privately owned rocket has first test flight from a new commericial spaceport in Virginia. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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A privately owned rocket built in partnership with NASA to haul cargo to the International Space Station blasted off on Sunday (April 21) for a debut test flight from a new commercial spaceport in Virginia. The 13-story Antares rocket, developed and flown by Orbital Sciences Corp, lifted off at 5 p.m. local time from a Virginia-owned and operated launch pad at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Virginia. "Beautiful view," said NASA launch commentator Kyle Herring as live video from the rocket, broadcast on NASA TV, showed the booster riding atop a bright plume of fire above the Atlantic Ocean. Ten minutes later, the rocket deposited its payload - a 8,380-pound (3,800-kg) dummy capsule - into an orbit 158 miles above the planet, fulfilling the primary goal of the test flight. Orbital Sciences and privately owned Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, hold NASA contracts worth a combined $3.5 billion to fly cargo to the space station, a $100 billion research outpost that flies about 250 miles above Earth.

Private rocket launched from U.S.

Monday, Apr 22, 2013 - 00:37

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