ISS resupply mission launching from Wallops Island on Saturday

Cesar Mills
November 12, 2017

The rocket should be visible from Northern Virginia within 60 to 90 seconds from the launch.

A rocket carrying thousands of pounds of supplies for the International Space Station will be launched Saturday morning from Wallops Island. The launch has been rescheduled for Sunday, November 12 at 7:14 a.m.

First in 2017 mission of Antares rocket seemed to reaching successful final, but in the last minute before igniting its two powerful RD-181 engines, mission control center chose to abort mission and scrub launch.

The mission will be the eighth for Orbital ATK, which has a $1.9bn (£1.44bn) contract with NASA to resupply the ISS over several years.

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NASA TV will begin coverage at 7 a.m. on the agency website. It attributed the delay to a "small aircraft" spotted flying at 500 feet about six miles offshore. "We are now de-tanking and will be ready to go (Sunday) morning".

The E. coli AntiMicrobial Satellite (EcAMSat) mission was scheduled to launch on Orbital ATK's Cygnus cargo spacecraft on Saturday along with a slew of other science experiments and supplies for the Expedition 53 crew. These, given the subfreezing temperatures, were clad in mittens, woolen hats and their heaviest coats.

Should skies remain clear, it was predicted the rocket launched would be seen from as far north as Boston to as far south as SC. And produced a memorable launch for Richmonders last October. Orbital ATK will soon pass into the hands of defense contractor giant Northrop Grumman which has bought it for about $7.8 billion.

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