Saturday, 20 April 2013

Antares rocket launch moves to April 21

Antares rocket launch moves to April 21, The launch of Orbital Science Corp.’s first Antares rocket is now scheduled for April 21 after high winds made an April 20 liftoff unsafe, NASA said.

The launch from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va., is slated for 5 p.m. Eastern time.

The delay is not the first for Antares. Launch attempts on April 17 and April 19 were scrubbed due to a technical glitch and bad weather, respectively.

Orbital, of Dulles, Va., is developing the two-stage Antares as a cargo resupply vehicle for the International Space Station.

Orbital is one of two companies that NASA has hired to provide cargo delivery services under the agency’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program. The other is Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX), of Hawthorne, Calif., whose Falcon 9 has already conducted two cargo missions to the space station.

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