Orbital ATK’s Antares Rocket Launch Postponed By 24 Hours

Posted: Oct 17 2016, 6:42am CDT | by , in Latest Science News


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Orbital ATK’s Antares Rocket Launch Postponed by 24 Hours
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  • Orbital ATK postpones Antares Rocket Launch by a Day’s Duration

Orbital ATK has postponed its Antares rocket launch by a day’s duration due to certain glitches that have turned up out of nowhere at the last moment.

The much-awaited launch of an Antares rocket by Orbital ATK has been delayed. It was supposed to carry cargo to the ISS. The glitch occurred in the ground support equipment.

It will now launch today at 7:40 PM EDT at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility. The ground support equipment cable was not functioning properly so the launch had to be delayed.

Spare parts are at hand and rework techniques have been put into full swing. The Antares and Cygnus teams are not into the resolution of technical issues with the rocket.

"Today’s launch of Orbital ATK’s Antares rocket is postponed 24 hours due to a ground support equipment (GSE) cable that did not perform as expected during the pre-launch check out. We have spares on hand and rework procedures are in process. The Antares and Cygnus teams are not currently working any technical issues with the rocket or the spacecraft," Keith Koehler, a NASA communications officer at Wallops Flight Facility, said in a statement.

This delay is the most recent one from a long list of glitches which have taken place time after time at Orbital ATK. One or another issue crops up and the result is that the flight or launch has to be put off indefinitely.

This Orbital ATK mission has been labeled OA-5. It was supposed to launch this summer. The last Orbital ATK launch which took place in 2014 ended in an explosion.

Today’s launch will carry 5100 pounds of cargo to the ISS, according to Space.com. Millions of folks across the US East Coast and in the Mid-Atlantic states will be able to watch the rocket rise higher and higher into the sky today. The sight will depend on the weather conditions extant at that particular time.

If they are good, visibility will be 100%. If they are bad, it will not be up to the mark. It is hoped that the night time launch will allow for greater clarity as far as seeing the rocket against the background is concerned. Viewers always have the choice of watching the scene from a live webcast on the Internet or by switching on NASA TV.

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