Antares Launch for Sunday April 21st

Antares On The Pad April 20, 2013

Antares On The Pad
April 20, 2013

Antares Launch Coverage Update

Launch Rescheduled For April 21st 5pm est!

Orbital Sciences’ launch of the Antares two-stage launch vehicle is set for Sunday, if the weather and mechanical issues will cooperate.

Yesterday the upper level winds were excessive and exceeded the range set for safety restrictions.

Today’s anticipated launch is drawing crowds from all over the world. People are driving in from hours away, east coasters are holding launch watch BBQs in their yards looking toward the eastern sky.

The rocket will be seen in a wide area of the east coast. If you haven’t checked out the viewing map, you might take a look and see if your area has a chance to see the rocket as it moves into orbit.

Orbital Sciences Corporation released the following statement this morning:

Weather 80%, Countdown Underway for Launch 5-7pm
Sun, 21 Apr 2013 12:35:41 PM EDT The Range count started at 8:45 a.m. EDT in preparation for today’s launch of Orbital Sciences Corporation’s test flight of its Antares rocket from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va. Orbital is targeting a launch window between 5 and 7 p.m. There is an 80 percent chance of favorable weather at the time of launch. Surface
winds are the primary concern for a weather violation.

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