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.
- For more information about the launch, visit: nasa.gov/orbital.
- For NASA TV schedule and video streaming information, visit: nasa.gov/ntv.
- To learn more about all the ways to Connect and Collaborate with NASA, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/connect.
- You can also watch living streaming of the launch at Ustream: ustream.tv/channel/stennisaj26-1.
- Join the conversation on Twitter by following the hashtag #Antares. Or you can follow @NASA_Wallops and @NASASocial for the latest official updates.
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