(Updated, Tuesday, 8:33 a.m.)
NASA’s launch of the Antares rocket was scrubbed at the last minute Monday night because of a boat in the launch area.
The launch as been rescheduled for 6:22 p.m. on Tuesday, NASA says. It should be visible in the sky over Reston as it takes off from the Virginia coast.
NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility and Virginia’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport were set to launch Orbital Sciences’ Antares rocket and Cygnus spacecraft Monday night at 6:45 p.m.
The two-stage, 131.5-foot-tall Antares uses a liquid-fueled first stage powered by two Aerojet Rocketdyne AJ26 engines and a solid motor ATK CASTOR 30XL upper stage to boost Cygnus into orbit, says NASA.
The powered launch sequence lasts about nine-and-a-half minutes from liftoff through the separation of Cygnus from the launch vehicle.
This mission, CRS-3, will carry about 5,050 pounds (2,290 kilograms) of cargo, the heaviest load yet delivered by a Cygnus to the International Space Station. (CRS-2, which launched in July, held 3,293 pounds of cargo.)
Photo Credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky
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