Orb-3 Launch Scrubbed Due to Boat

Orb-3 Launch Scrubbed Due to Boat

The weather was perfect, the rocket was perfect, the spacecraft was perfect, but the launch of Orbital Sciences Corporation’s Orb-3 cargo mission to the International Space Station was scrubbed this evening because a boat was in restricted waters off the launch site at Wallops Island, VA.

Waters off any of the U.S. launch sites are restricted during launches to protect people and property from debris in case of an accident.  Apparently the operators of this one did not heed notices that the area was restricted.

There was only a 10-minute launch window and the boat was not clear of the range in time.

The next launch opportunity is tomorrow, October 28, at 6:22 pm Eastern Daylight Time.

Note: the new launch time has been updated.

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