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Antares launch postponed 24 hours

The OA-5 Antares 230 rocket at MARS' Pad 0A. Photo Credit: Jason Rhian / SpaceFlight Insider

The OA-5 Antares 230 rocket at MARS’ Pad 0A. Photo Credit: Jason Rhian / SpaceFlight Insider

The launch of Orbital ATK’s Antares 230 rocket will have to wait another 24 hours. The company announced a ground support equipment cable did not perform as expected during the pre-launch check out.

“We have spares on hand and rework procedures are in process,” a spokesperson for Wallops Flight Facility said in an email. “The Antares and Cygnus teams are not currently working any technical issues with the rocket or the spacecraft.”

The new launch time is scheduled for 7:40 p.m. EDT (23:40 GMT) Oct. 17 at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport’s Pad 0A.

When it does take to the skies, it will send the OA-5 Cygnus cargo ship, named S.S. Alan Poindexter, toward the International Space Station. It will arrive at the orbiting outpost Sunday, Oct. 23. On board is 5,300 pounds (2,400 kilograms) of supplies for the Expedition 49 and 50 crews.


Derek Richardson is a student studying mass media with an emphasis in contemporary journalism at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. He is currently the managing editor of the student run newspaper, the Washburn Review. He also writes a blog, called Orbital Velocity, about the space station. His passion for space ignited when he watched space shuttle Discovery leap to space on Oct. 29, 1998. He saw his first in-person launch on July 8, 2011 when the space shuttle launched for the final time. Today, this fervor has accelerated toward orbit and shows no signs of slowing down. After dabbling in math and engineering courses in college, he soon realized that his true calling was communicating to others about space exploration and spreading that passion.

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