The site from which the launch was to take place was owned by NASA. The take off however didn’t go as planned from Wallops Island. The major reason behind this was a solar flare that erupted from the sun’s surface. It was so prominent that the last time such an occurrence took place was more than a decade ago.
The Cygnus did not have any astronauts on board. And it had over a ton of special supplies which were bound for the space station. The mission spacecraft will be caught via a robotic appendage by astronauts in the space station.
“It was another excellent launch of Antares, and so far, our first CRS mission is off to a great start with Cygnus operating exactly as anticipated at this early stage of the mission,” said Mr. David W. Thompson, Orbital’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our team has put in a lot of hard work to get to the point of performing regular ISS cargo delivery trips for NASA. It’s an exciting day for all of us and I’m looking forward to completing this and our future CRS missions safely and successfully for our NASA customer.”
An input of almost two billion dollars has been made for the project. The cargo is pretty expensive and high tech. This is the first such instance of an unmanned mission to a space station that has on board so much material. Many people are invited to attend the event. The rocket employed is the Antares medium-class spacecraft.
As for the scheme, it was planned under the auspices of Orbital Sciences. And it has turned out to be a success. The fact that the sun’s activity has an effect on everything on earth or within the solar system led to the slight procrastination in the launch schedule. But now that the danger is over and the rocket has taken to the skies, the only thing that can be said is that all is well that ends well.