News Column

Antares set to launch again from Wallops Island

July 13, 2014

By Tamara Dietrich, Daily Press (Newport News, Va.)



July 13--If the weather gods cooperate and no boaters wander into the hazard zone off Wallops Island, Hampton Roads will get an eyeful Sunday as the Antares rocket vaults a cargo spacecraft toward the International Space Station.

Orbital Science Corp.'s booster is set to blast off from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on the Eastern Shore at 12:52 p.m. with a Cygnus space freighter stuffed with about 3,300 pounds of provisions, spare parts and science experiments for space station astronauts.

This will be Orbital's second commercial resupply mission to the ISS. The launch has been postponed several times for a range of reasons since its initial schedule in May.

Among the science payload are small, free-flying, robot prototypes equipped with smartphones that could eventually be used to monitor environmental factors, and a cubesat spacecraft that will test an exo-braking device that could return small samples from the space station to Earth or land nanosatellite missions on Mars.

If Sunday's launch is a success, the Cygnus is expected to berth with the space station at 6:37 a.m. Wednesday.

The public can view the liftoff from the NASA Visitor Center on Route 175 on Wallops Island, or from Chincoteague Island or the public beach at Assateague Island.

NASA TV will cover the launch and the berthing at nasa.gov/nasatv.

For the latest on the launch, call the Wallops Public Information Line at 757-824-2050.

Dietrich can be reached by phone at 757-247-7892.

___

(c)2014 the Daily Press (Newport News, Va.)

Visit the Daily Press (Newport News, Va.) at www.dailypress.com

Distributed by MCT Information Services


For more stories covering the world of technology, please see HispanicBusiness' Tech Channel



Source: Daily Press (Newport News, VA)


Story Tools






HispanicBusiness.com Facebook Linkedin Twitter RSS Feed Email Alerts & Newsletters