Antares Launch Delayed to Oct. 17

The Orbital ATK Antares rocket, with the Cygnus spacecraft onboard, is raised into the vertical position on launch Pad-0A, Friday, October 14, 2016, at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls.
The Orbital ATK Antares rocket, with the Cygnus spacecraft onboard, is raised into the vertical position on launch Pad-0A, Friday, October 14, 2016, at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls.

**Update: Change in launch date.**

By Keith Koehler, NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, Virginia

The NASA Wallops Flight Facility and Virginia’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport were set to support the launch of Orbital ATK’s Antares rocket at 8:03pm (EDT) on October 16, 2016. The launch was delayed 24 hours with new expected take-off on the evening of Monday, October 17, 2016.

The Antares rocket will carry Orbital ATK’s Cygnus cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station. The launch may be visible, weather permitting, to residents throughout the east coast of the United States.

Planning to go see the launch for yourself?  Public viewing of the launch will be available at the NASA Visitor Center at Wallops and Robert Reed Park on Chincoteague Island or Beach Road spanning the area between Chincoteague and Assateague Islands. Assateague Island National Seashore/Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia will not be open for viewing the launch. Visitors are reminded that alcohol, pets, and firearms are not allowed on the NASA Visitor Center grounds. For more information about the Visitor Center, including directions, see www.nasa.gov/centers/wallops/visitorcenter.

Live coverage of the mission is scheduled to begin at 2pm on the Wallops Ustream site at www.ustream.tv/channel/nasa-tv-wallops.

Launch coverage on NASA TV. For NASA TV streaming video, downlink and scheduling information, visit www.nasa.gov/nasatv.

Launch updates will be available via the Wallops Facebook and Twitter sites.

For more information about International Space Station, visit www.nasa.gov/station.

Get more information about Orbital ATK, its Antares rocket and the Cygnus cargo spacecraft at www.nasa.gov/orbital.

 

Ed. Note: Launch delayed 24+ hours. Modified by The Grey Area News. Originally published October 14.

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