Spectacular View of ORS-3 at Sunset Awaiting Launch Tonight – UPDATE 3

Spectacular View of ORS-3 at Sunset Awaiting Launch Tonight – UPDATE 3

UPDATE 3, 8:23 pm ET:   Launch went off as (re)scheduled at 8:15 pm ET.

UPDATE 2, 7:19 pm ET:   They’ve picked up the count.   Launch will be about 8:15 pm ET.

UPDATE, 7:05 pm ET:  The launch has been delayed while they work an issue with one of the tracking stations in North Carolina.  The station is part of the range safety system, so must be working for the launch to take place.  The problem reportedly has been resolved and verification testing is underway.  The launch window is open until 9:15 pm tonight.  Weather is 100 percent favorable for launch.  Follow us on Twitter @SpcPlcyOnline to keep up to date.

Orbital Sciences Corporation is getting ready to launch the Air Force’s ORS-3 mission at 7:30 pm ET from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, Virginia, which should be viewable along the East Coast.   NASA just tweeted a totally awesome photo of the rocket on the pad at sunset.

Now THAT’s a photo-op!

 Photo credit:  NASA

The Minotaur I rocket will loft 29 satellites into orbit at once.   The launch window is open from 7:30 – 9:15 pm ET.  Maps showing where to look to see the launch are on Orbital’s website.  Weather permitting, it could be visible from northern Florida to southern Canada, and as far west as Indiana.

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