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Hey, Getting Into Space Is Hard!

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Antares Is Given The Self Destruct Order

Antares Launch Failure

Like  a lot of people on the east coast we were outside in the backyard waiting to see Antares launch from nearby Wallops Island!

And like many we were shocked when there was a launch failure. We’ve become so used to NASA and their partners having success and making it look easy. So much so that when it was announced that the Control Center self destructed the rocket, people immediately began their criticism without even knowing what really happened.

The space shuttle failed catastrophically one out of every 50 launches (a statistical fact that held true for 25 years before the design was retired), but what really gets everyone’s blood boiling with this launch seems to be that this was a private sector launch? I don’t get that.
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Antares Launch for Monday 27th – Scrubbed

20141027-AntaresAntares Launches From Wallops Island

October 27st 6:45 pm eastern!
Launch Cancelled.

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:

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nasa-tv-wallops

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Antares Is Launched!

Wallops Antares Launch by NASA Click To Enlarge Image

Wallops Antares Launch by NASA
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Antares Launch Coverage Update

Launch Successful For April 21st 5pm est!

Orbital Sciences successfully launches its Antares two-stage vehicle from NASA’s Wallops Island facility in Virginia.

Yesterday the upper level winds were excessive and exceeded the range set for safety restrictions. But today was picture perfect for the rescheduled launch which went off without a hitch!

Orbital Sciences Corporation released the following statement after the launch: Continue reading

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: Continue reading

Antares Launch Scrubbed for Saturday 4/20

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!

Wednesday’s launch of the Antares two-stage launch vehicle was scrubbed Wednesday for technical issue and scrubbed today for weather.

Upper level winds simply haven’t been cooperative and put the rocket launch off until Sunday April 21st at 5pm est.

Orbital Sciences Corporation released the following statement:

Sat, 20 Apr 2013 04:47:04 PM EDT

Excessive wind levels have caused mission managers to delay the launch attempt today of Orbital Sciences’ Antares rocket at the Wallops Flight Facility, Va.

The high-altitude wind speeds exceed range safety restrictions.

Launch now is scheduled for Sunday at 5 p.m. EDT.  NASA Television coverage will begin at 4:30 p.m. Continue reading

Antares Launch – Countdown Underway

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Launch Scheduled For 5:00pm April 20th!!

Orbital Sciences Corporation Planned on a launch at 5pm. As upper level winds increased they also updated their launch time. Around 3pm est they delayed the count by 10 minutes. As it seemed winds were not cooperating, they pushed the launch to 6:10pm est.

Check the Orbital updated status of today’s launch.

Antares Range Count Begins
Sat, 20 Apr 2013 10:47:47 AM EDT

The Range count started on time at 9 a.m. EDT in preparation for today’s launch at 5 p.m. of Orbital Sciences Corporation’s test flight
of its Antares rocket from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va. The pad close out crew is completing final configuration of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport’s Pad-0A. The team will verify the operation of critical pneumatic and cryogenic components before leaving the pad and allowing the remote control operations to begin.

The launch will be broadcast live on NASA Television beginning at 4:30 p.m.

For NASA TV schedule and video streaming information, visit: nasa.gov/ntv

For more information about the launch, visit: nasa.gov/orbital.

Join the conversation on Twitter by following the hashtag #Antares. Or you can follow @NASA_Wallops and @NASASocial for the latest official updates.

To learn more about all the ways to Connect and Collaborate with NASA, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/connect

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Antares Launch Moved To Saturday 4/20

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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. Continue reading