Orbital ATK launched its Antares twin engine rocket with the Cygnus resupply craft 7:45pm EDT Tuesday, Oct. 18 near the close of a five-minute window. The Launch Director made a very wise decision for a last call from all workstations. That's professionalism.
It's been two years since the Antares' last attempt, which resulted in the loss of the craft, rocket and damage to Pad-0A of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport. The Goddard Space Flight Center, of Greenbelt, MD operates the Wallops Island Rocket Range. It is one of three sites and is also responsible for two sites at the White Sands Complex in Las Cruces, NM.
I watched the launch 90 miles north, from the new overpass at New Burton Rd. Imagine my surprise to see the bright red glow of the plume. It was not 5 arcseconds long, but to see the flames from 90 miles away! I wasn't prepared for that.
on an Antares rocket from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport’s Pad-0A at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia with a record 5,100 lb. payload to the International Space Station. A New Record cargo. A more specific date will be identified after completion of final operational milestones and technical reviews. Launch times range from 10:47 p.m. EDT Sunday, Oct. 9, to 9:13 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13.
The sixth cargo resupply mission by Orbital ATK under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services contract with the company and the fourth launch from Virginia. Cargo resupply by U.S. companies enables a national capability to deliver critical science research to the space station, significantly increasing NASA’s ability to conduct new science investigations aboard the world’s only microgravity laboratory.
Information about Orbital ATK, its Antares rocket and the Cygnus cargo spacecraft
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@StargazerUSAOn Saturday night, September 19 around 7:50 p.m. EDT, it looked like a passing comet or a giant, luminous amoeba. But this was pure rocket science. Courtesy of Wallops Island Flight Facility, in Virginia.
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