"Wahoo, That's Super"

By Norman Chan

The privatized space race is on.

That was the response from Commander Chris Hadfield aboard the International Space Station, after flight controllers at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility radioed the successful launch of the privately-owned Antares rocket this past weekend. Orbital Sciences Corp. follows SpaceX's lead to become the second commercial company to launch a rocket into orbit in cooperation with NASA under a billion+ dollar contract. Sunday's flight test was the first of two planned tests before Orbital Sciences will become ferrying cargo to the International Space Station.