Antares Launch Weather 80 Percent Go For Sunday

Antares Launch Weather 80 Percent Go For Sunday

Will the third time be the charm?   Orbital Sciences Corporation will make a third attempt to launch its new Antares rocket this afternoon, Sunday, April 21.   The weather forecast is 80 percent favorable.

Yesterday’s launch attempt was scrubbed because upper level winds exceeded limits.  An earlier attempt, on April 17, was scrubbed because of a technical glitch.  The potential weather issue today is surface level winds.

Once again, the launch window opens at 5:00 pm ET and NASA TV will begin coverage at 4:30 pm ET.  Keep up to date by following @OrbitalSciences and @NASA_Wallops on Twitter.

Antares will launch from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, VA.  Orbital released a map showing the large part of the East Coast that might be able to see the launch, weather permitting.

This is a test launch, the first for Antares, which is being developed by Orbital as part of NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program.


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