Antares Launch Moved To Saturday 4/20

wallops-scrubbedAntares Launch Coverage Update

Launch Rescheduled For April 20th 5pm est!

Wednesday’s launch of the Antares two-stage launch vehicle was scrubbed Wednesday and initially rescheduled for Friday April 19th.

Orbital Sciences Corporation has updated their status regarding the Antares launch, postponing Friday’s initial schedule to Saturday when area weather will be more favorable.

Orbital Sciences released the following statement:

Thu, 18 Apr 2013 06:34:56 PM EDT
Orbital has confirmed the next opportunity to test launch its Antares rocket from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia will be no earlier than 5 p.m. EDT on Saturday, April 20.

NASA TV coverage of the launch will begin at 4:30 p.m. By the time coverage starts, the launch window will likely have been reduced to 10-15 minutes.

An attempt Friday was called off after review of the weather forecast. Saturday’s forecast indicates an 85 percent chance of favorable conditions. If needed, a back-up launch opportunity is available on Sunday.

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