NasaSocial media accreditation participants and the press had the opportunity to speak with Deputy Administrator Lori Garver at the Wallops. “Going beyond something we haven’t done in 40 years will help us get to Mars … we start that plan today.”
Attendees also heard from Alan Lindenmoyer, NASA commercial orbital transport system manager, speaking on Antares launch.
You can view the A-ONE pre-launch Briefing presentation slides in a PDF format from Orbital Sciences. You can check up on NASA TV broadcasts and view programming online for today’s launch as well. Coverage starts at 4pm eastern.
Everyone seems excited and filled with anticipation this morning. I’m sure that will escalate as the day goes on. The skies are clear this morning with a slight breeze. Temperatures at launch time should be around 70ºF, with winds at 12mph from the ENE. There is a chance of thunderstorms in Virginia this afternoon, but they should stay to the west of the launch facility.
If you were not able to attend the launch, you still might be able to see the rocket power its way through the sky. Here’s a map of the viewing area courtesy of @OrbitalSciences.
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The current schedule for the Antares Launch: (All times EDT)
April 15 – 12:30 – 1 p.m.: Registration and check-in; 1 – 4:30 p.m.: Tour & news briefing
April 16 – 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.: Tours, photo opportunities & news conferences
April 17 – 3 p.m.: Board buses for launch; – 5pm scheduled launch