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Antares rocket launch from Wallops Island postponed

Orbital Antares rocket on launch pad and ready for weekend launch to ISS Antares rocket launch from Wallops Island postponed
Carmela Zoppi | 17 Ottobre, 2016, 09:00

This will be the first Antares rocket mission from Wallops Island since a rocket exploded on the launch pad in October 2014. (2,313 kilograms) of science experiments, hardware and supplies for astronauts on the International Space Station.

The launch will happen no earlier than 8:03 p.m. on Sunday.

Company officials were ecstatic on Saturday night, the eve of the launch.

An investigation into the accident found a failure in one of the two Aerojet Rocketdyne AJ26 engines, leading to a decision by Orbital ATK to replace them with RD-181, which was developed specifically for Antares by Russians.

Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, today announced it is prepared to launch the company's Antares rocket carrying its Cygnus cargo spacecraft. Headquartered in Dulles, Virginia, Orbital ATK employs approximately 12,000 people in 18 states across the USA and in several worldwide locations. "A lot of hard work has gone into this".

On June 28, 2015, a SpaceX rocket with cargo for the space station broke up about two minutes after liftoff from Cape Canaveral.

Watch for Ken's continuing Antares/Cygnus mission and launch reporting.

"The launch has been delayed to no earlier than October 17 at 7:40 p.m. EDT.", NASA said in a statement. In fact, sky gazers along much of the East Coast - Washington and NY included - were in for a treat.

The schedule for the launch will be dependent on final tests and weather conditions at the time of the launch.

The Cygnus - named after the swan constellation - has the ability to loiter in orbit for a few weeks, even a month if necessary, before joining the space station.

The rocket will carry nearly 5,100 pounds of science and research, crew supplies and vehicle hardware to the orbital laboratory, NASA said, which will support dozens of science and research investigations during Expeditions 49 and 50.

A three-man crew is set for launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Wednesday, beginning a two-day pursuit of the space station, with a docking of their Soyuz capsule expected Friday.

The problem is located on the launch pad's hold-down system. Fortunately, the station was not damaged.

Now NASA's other supplier, SpaceX, is grounded. SpaceX is now grounded because of a launch pad explosion last month. Three astronauts will join the three already at the orbiting outpost.

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