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Rocket launch rescheduled after aircraft enters restricted space

Eloisa Felix | Noviembre 12, 2017, 02:48

The launch is scheduled for 7:37 a.m. Saturday.

10 mission managers provided an overview of the mission, and status of launch operations during a prelaunch briefing.

According to NASA's calculations, spectators in Central Virginia will likely be able to see the rocket about 90 minutes after launching.

Orbital ATK's Antares rocket is set to carry a capsule holding 7,400 pounds of cargo to the International Space Station (ISS), supplying six astronauts with fresh fruit, vegetables, ice cream bars and equipment for experiments.

It's expected to arrive on November 14, at the earliest.

The mission is a part of Orbital ATK's Commercial Resupply Services with NASA.

Otherwise, it was a huge disappointment for more than 3,500 spectators who had gathered at the visitor center at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in freezing-cold to watch the lift-off. "We are currently de-tanking and will be ready to go tomorrow morning", Orbital ATK tweeted. The first mission happened on October 17, 2016, after a failed attempt two years prior.

It was cold even by the standards of rocket science. Live NASA TV coverage and commentary will begin at 7 a.m., and Wallops will play live views of the launch pad on Ustream beginning at 1:15 a.m.

The launch of @OrbitalATK's Antares rocket carrying the Cygnus cargo spacecraft has scrubbed for Saturday after an aircraft was detected in the vicinity of the launch pad. One of the box-shaped satellites will test a laser-based communications systems designed for small spacecrafts.