Winds Force Scrubbing of Unmanned Rocket Launch
April 20, 2013
By Brock Vergakis, The Associated Press
ATLANTIC, Va. - A company contracted by NASA to deliver supplies to the International Space Station has scrubbed the launch of a test rocket from the East Coast.
High winds forced the cancellation of the launch of the unmanned Antares rocket planned for Saturday from Wallops Island on Virginia`s Eastern Shore. Dulles-based Orbital Sciences Corp. plans to try again today.
The planned launch is designed to test whether a practice payload could reach orbit and safely separate from the rocket.
Orbital is one of two companies contracted to supply the space station by NASA, which ended its shuttle program in 2011. California-based Space completed its third supply run to the station last month.
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Story image: This photo provided by NASA shows the Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket on the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) Pad-0A at the NASA Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, Saturday, April 20, 2013. AP Photo/NASA, Bill Ingalls
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