Wallops Island rocket launch postponed

Wallops Island rocket launch postponed

The rocket was originally scheduled to launch at 7 a.m. on Saturday, November 11.

The launch of an Orbital ATK Antares rocket from NASA's Wallops Island Flight Facility in Virginia is scheduled for 7:37 a.m. Saturday, and, weather permitting, will be visible from CT to North Carolina.

NASA will livestream mission coverage starting at 1:15 a.m. and launch coverage at 7 a.m.

Commercial shipper Orbital ATK was within two minutes of launching its unmanned Antares rocket at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia when the aircraft appeared six miles offshore, flying at around 500ft.

It will be Orbital ATK's first supply run from its home turf in more than a year.

The culprit, a small personal aircraft that entered the restricted airspace was within a 6 miles (10 kilometers) offshore flying at an altitude of about 500 feet, which could have been risky for the lift-off.

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Orbital ATK tweeted: "We were working no issues until an aircraft flew into restricted airspace".

Temperatures at Wallops Island are forecast to be around 30 F on Saturday night ahead of the launch, but temperatures farther inland will drop into the 20s.

Watch the launch live beginning at 7:00 a.m. EST on launch day on NASA TV.

The rocket will deliver 7,400 pounds of crew supplies and hardware to the International Space Station. The spacecraft will remain attached to the ISS for one month.

The Antares rocket clears the launch pad on its way to orbit from Wallops Island, Va., on April 21, 2013.

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