Antares Launches From Wallops Island
October 27st 6:45 pm eastern!
Wallops Island Launch facility uses part of the Atlantic Ocean as it’s launch area. Rockets generally launch from the pad begin an arch flight pattern over the water for maximum safety.
This launch area is called The Box.Technically it’s called The Army Corp of Engineers Danger Zone. But there actually two Boxes. The first box begins at the shore line. The second Danger Zone is much larger and further off shore. Check the NASA Mariner Notices “Flight Safety Plan” issued by NASA for this Antares launch for more information.
If an unknown boat of any kind finds itself in The Box, countdown is stopped. NASA has a procedure to clear area with their own Mariner support. Every attempt is made to clear The Box, but there is a time limit for doing that. Tonight the window was 10 minutes. The Box continued to be Red and Launch staff called the Scrub for tonight launch. The next window for launch will be tomorrow Tuesday October 28th at 18:15 to 19:45
Orbital Sciences’ launch of the Antares two-stage launch vehicle is set for launch Monday evening, if the weather and mechanical issues will cooperate. It’s a beautiful early night here in Virginia and we’ll be heading outside in about 10 minutes to watch the lift-off from Wallops Island!
The Antares rocket will carry Orbital’s Cygnus cargo spacecraft, loaded with some 5,000 pounds of supplies and experiments, to the International Space Station.
The launch may be visible, weather permitting, to residents throughout the mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions of the United States. For a visibility map of launch, see Viewing Area map.
WALLOPS ISLAND, Va.—NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility and Virginia’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport are set to support the launch of Orbital Sciences’ Antares rocket at 6:45 p.m. EDT, October 27.
Public viewing of the launch will be available at the NASA Visitor Center at Wallops and at the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge/Assateague Island National Seashore. Visitors are reminded that alcohol and pets are not allowed on the Visitor Center grounds.
For more information about the Visitors Center, including directions, see: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/wallops/visitorcenter
For more information on viewing sites recommended by the Eastern Shore of Virginia Tourism Commission, see: http://www.esvatourism.org/space/landing_page_space.asp.
Live coverage of the mission is scheduled to begin at noon on the Wallops Ustream site at:
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