A Virginia company is on its way to the International Space Station, doubling the number of commercial suppliers.

Orbital Sciences Corp. launched its first-ever cargo ship Wednesday morning from Virginia. The capsule, named Cygnus, is due at the space station on Sunday, following four days of testing.

It s only the second private business to attempt a shipment like this. The California-based SpaceX company has been delivering station cargo for more than a year under a NASA contract.

The Cygnus capsule contains 1,300 pounds of food, clothing and goodies for the astronauts nothing too valuable given this is a test flight.

Orbital Sciences unmanned Antares rocket blasted off from NASA s Wallops Flight Facility. It s the second major launch from Wallops this month. A NASA moonshot occurred Sept. 6.

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