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The rocket launch at the Wallops Flight Facility to resupply the International Space Station has been put off for a second time.

The rocket is now set to liftoff on Friday at around 4 p.m.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports the reason for the delay is the forecast for unfavorable weather.

Initially the launch was to take place on Sunday but the mission was scrubbed just minutes before liftoff due to abnormal readings from a ground sensor.

The Antares rocket with its Cygnus spacecraft is said to be ready and in good condition.

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The next resupply mission to the International Space Station from the Wallops Flight Facility has been set to take off in the early morning hours of February 9th.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Antares rocket and Cygnus spacecraft will provide equipment for scientific investigations as well as supplies to the station.

Among the projects on the station are a tissue and cell culturing facility, the Plant Habitat that cultivated radishes and an examination of fire on different materials and environmental conditions.

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Another resupply mission to the International Space Station shot up into the sky on Saturday from the Wallops Flight Facility.

Hundreds flocked to see the launch of the Cygnus spacecraft which lifted off at 9:59 a.m.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that it carried over 8-thousand pounds of research and supplies to the space station.

These included over 30 experiments.

Among the items on board was a Zero-G Oven that can bake cookies in space.

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WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - NASA has announced plans to launch a rocket from Virginia to the International Space Station next month.

A news release says Northrop Grumman's Cygnus spacecraft will take off from Wallops Island as early as the afternoon of Oct. 21. NASA says the goal is to deliver science investigations, supplies and equipment.

The mission includes the testing of a vest created to protect astronauts from radiation, a special oven to study baking food in microgravity and a device to explore recycling plastics for a space device.

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - A private cargo ship has arrived at the International Space Station with food galore, following a 1 1/2-day journey from Virginia.

Northrop Grumman's Cygnus capsule pulled up early Friday morning. Space station astronaut Anne McClain used a robot arm to capture the capsule as they soared 250 miles (402.32 kilometers) above Earth.

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There’s been another delay in the rocket launch from Wallops Flight Facility.

The mission to resupply the International Space Station is now scheduled for Saturday due to the rainy weather.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that each day the launched is moved 20 to 25 minutes earlier.

It had been set for 4:23 a.m. on Friday.

The probability for problems with the launch is 55 percent for tomorrow.

Officials said that drops to 5 percent on Saturday.  

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With the bad weather rolling into the area the Wallops Flight Facility has postponed the launch of the resupply mission to the International Space Station.

It is now scheduled for Friday morning.

Originally, it had been set to lift of the launch pad on Thursday.

But the increasing forecast for heavy rain forced the delay with the chance of problems rising from 40 percent to 70 percent.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Friday’s liftoff is scheduled for 4:23 a.m.

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - The International Space Station has accepted delivery of more than 7,000 pounds of supplies from Virginia.

A commercial cargo ship arrived at the orbiting lab Thursday, three days after launching from Wallops Island.

Virginia-based Orbital ATK shipped the goods for NASA in a Cygnus capsule, which is named after the swan constellation. The space station's U.S. crew used a big robot arm to snag the Cygnus from orbit 250 miles up.

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The Cygnus spacecraft set for liftoff on November 11th was on display yesterday at Wallops Flight Facility.

The launch will be the second for Orbital’s Antares rocket since the explosion that took place at Wallops.

WBOC reports that the mission to resupply the International Space Station is the 8th under Orbital’s contract with NASA.

Officials with the Antares Rocket Program said that the ability to contract out these mission saves significant money for the federal government.

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The launch of the Antares rocket at Wallops Flight facility has been delayed again.

This time it is set for Sunday at 8:03 p.m.

This is the second time that the launch has been postponed this week.

This time it is because of Tropical Storm Nicole which is expected to strike Bermuda today.

The rocket will carry 5-thousand pounds of supplies to the International Space Station in the Cygnus spacecraft.

This would be the first launch of the Antares rocket since it exploded at Wallops two years ago.

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On October 13th the Wallops Flight facility is set to launch another resupply mission to the International Space Station.  

NASA and Wallops officials say they have successfully completed their pre-launch review of the Anteres rocket that will take the Cygnus spacecraft into orbit.

WBOC reports that people on the East Coast should be able to see the rocket when it is set to lift off at 9:13 p.m. depending on weather conditions.

This will be the first resupply mission at Wallops since a rocket exploded on the launch pad in October of 2014.

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Wallops Island Flight Facility officials will make another attempt at liftoff for the Orbital ATK’s rocket in late September.

Its launch has been delayed twice now having been scheduled for Spring and then the Summer.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the program has been delayed ever since the October explosion in 2014 on the Wallops launch pad.

That mission was to carry supplies to the International Space Station in the Cygnus spacecraft.

The Daily Times reports that engineers are still looking into the outcome a test fire back in May.

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WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - Despite a massive explosion in October, authorities say a state-owned launch pad at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility should be repaired and ready for testing late next year.

Orbital Sciences' Antares rocket exploded seconds after liftoff on Oct. 28. The rocket was carrying a cargo ship was bound for the International Space Station.

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It’s unlikely that the boat which delayed the launch of the Antares rocket launch at the Wallops Flight Facility last Monday will be fined.

Just before the launch the mission was scrubbed because a 26-foot sail boat was inside the safety zone.

Orbital Sciences said that it is not possible to say how much the delay cost but the company said, “It would not have been cheap.”

The rocket was carrying Orbital’s Cygnus spacecraft that carried 5-thousand pounds of supplies for the International Space Station.

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An Antares rocket exploded just seconds after liftoff from the Walllops Flight Facility late yesterday destroying the Cygnus cargo vessel carrying to 5-thousand pounds of supplies to the international space station.

The company will put together an investigative board to find out what caused the unmanned rocket to explode.

Frank Culbertson, Orbital’s Executive Vice President, told a news conference last night that it is too early to tell what exactly happened.

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Hurricane Gonzalo coming up from the south could affect the October 27th launch of the Orb-3 CRS Mission rocket launch if the storm heads north into the Atlantic.

NASA officials at Wallops Flight Facility say that before giving the go ahead to the launch a team must first assess the situation from their weather station in Bermuda.

Steve Kremer, Chief of the Wallops Range and Mission Management office, told WBOC that Wallops relies on the Bermuda tracking systems to communicate with the Antares rocket during the flight as well as to ensure public safety.  

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - A fresh delivery is on its way to the International Space Station.

Orbital Sciences Corp. launched a cargo ship Sunday from the Virginia coast. Daylight limited visibility, but sky-gazers from North Carolina to New Jersey still had a shot at seeing the rising rocket.

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The International Space Station resupply mission has been delayed another day.

It’s now scheduled for Sunday July 13th cancelling the Saturday launch.

Severe weather in the area of the Wallops Flight Facility has repeatedly hampered the launch of the Cygnus spacecraft.

The vehicle will carry around 33-hundred pounds of supplies including science experiments, crew provisions, spare parts and experiment hardware.

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - The International Space Station has one less capsule and a lot less trash.

A commercial cargo ship ended its five-week visit Tuesday morning. NASA astronaut Michael Hopkins used the space station's big robot arm to release the capsule, called Cygnus.

Cygnus is filled with garbage and will burn up when it plunges through the atmosphere Wednesday.

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Officials at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility declared the Cygnus space module resupply mission to the International Space Station a success.

The spacecraft re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere early yesterday afternoon and Orbital Sciences is now preparing to get into the heart of its contract with the space agency.

The next Cygnus space module is now on its way to Wallops with a launched date for mid-December.

Orbital Sciences spokesman Barry Benseki told WBOC that there will be at least eight such launches over the next three years from Wallops. 

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The Cygnus has successfully docked with the International Space Station.

The spacecraft was launched on top of an Antares rocket September 18th.

The unmanned craft is owned by Orbital Sciences Corporation and reached its destination on Sunday.

With the smooth hook up the firm is only the second company to accomplish such a resupply feat.

The California-based SpaceX Company took the lead last year.

WBOC reports that with the successful docking Orbital Sciences can begin making good on its nearly $2 billion contract with NASA for more Cygnus deliveries.