Space

New commercial rocket launch delayed

By NASA on April 17th, 2013
New commercial rocket launch delayed
The Antares rocket is ready on Virginia launch pad for its maiden flight.
The Antares rocket is ready on Virginia launch pad for its maiden flight.

Update: NASA's commercial partner, Orbital Sciences Corporation of Dulles, Va., has set Friday, April 19, for the next attempt to test launch its Antares rocket from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va. Orbital scrubbed Wednesday's planned launch of its Antares vehicle because of a premature separation of an umbilical connection on the second stage.

NASA's commercial partner, Orbital Sciences Corporation of Dulles, Va., attempted to launch its first Antares rocket today from Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad-0A at the agency's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. 

Antares is undergoing testing that will enable the rocket to eventually carry experiments and supplies to the International Space Station aboard a Cygnus cargo spacecraft.

Liftoff was originally scheduled for 5 p.m. ET today.

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