Orbital’s Antares booster moved to Wallops’ Pad-0a in prepartion for Orb-3 launch
Orbital Sciences Corporation and NASA rolled the Antares booster and Cygnus spacecraft which will carry out the Orb-3 mission to the International Space Station (ISS) out of Wallops’ Horizontal Integration Facility (HIF) at 4:45 p.m. EDT (2045 GMT). The duo were ferried out to NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport’s Pad-0A in preparation for a launch that is planned to take place at 6:45 p.m. EDT (2045 GMT) on Monday, Oct. 27.
The one mile journey between the HIF and Pad-0A marked the start of the third of eight contracted missions to the space station that Orbital is committed to carrying out under the Commercial Resupply Services (CRS ) contract (and the fourth flight overall for Cygnus to the ISS). Cygnus is carrying an estimated 5,000 lbs of cargo and crew supplies.
Stay tuned to SpaceFlight Insider for live updates from “Team Wallops” who will be covering the launch attempt
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