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Wallops Flight Facility

The resupply mission to the International Space Station is set for this afternoon at around 3:45 at the Wallops Flight Facility.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the first delay on Thursday was due to bad weather after the Sunday launch was aborted at the last minute due to some sensor readings.

This will the 13th mission by Northrop Grumman from Wallops.

The visitor’s center will be open beginning at 11:30 a.m. for viewing of the launch.

Wallops Flight Facility website

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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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A space station delivery from Virginia has been delayed at least four days because of trouble with ground equipment.

Northrop Grumman came within two to three minutes of launching a cargo ship to the International Space Station on Sunday.  

With rain and clouds in the forecast this week at Wallops Island, the launch is now off until at least Thursday.

The capsule atop Northrop Grumman's Antares rocket holds 4 tons of space station supplies, including cheese and candy for the three station residents.

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A rocket launch to resupply the International Space Station is set to lift off at Wallops Flight Facility tomorrow morning. Delmarva Public Radio’s Steve Plotkin has this preview.

Wallops Flight Facility

An Antares rocket is set to launch another resupply mission to the International Space Station. Delmarva Public Radio's Steve Plotkin has this preview.

Student Experiments

The cargo will include not only general equipment and supplies for the International Space Station but also student experiments which have a long history at the facility. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with Wallops Flight Facility spokesman Keith Kohler about the flight.

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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.

Wallops Flight Facility

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - A load of supplies is headed to the International Space Station, this time from Virginia's eastern shore.

NASA's commercial shipper, Orbital ATK, launched the cargo ship Sunday morning from Wallops Island, aboard an unmanned Antares rocket.

The Cygnus capsule should reach the orbiting lab Tuesday. It's loaded with 7,400 pounds of cargo - including lots of ice cream and frozen fruit bars for the six station astronauts.

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The Wallops Flight Facility had a successful launch this week with the sounding rocket that went vapors into space to track the motion of particles more than a 100 miles above the earth's surface.

But the spaceport is gearing up for a set of more impressive launches -- the missions to resupply the International Space Station.

Kurt Eberly, vice president of Orbital ATK Antares, said there is a contract for a total of ten resupply missions.

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Wallops Flight Facility technicians have successfully completed the test firing of the engines of the new Antares rocket.

The test on the launch pad lasted around 30 second at 100% capacity.

WBOC reports that the new rockets are Russian made.

Designers decided to use them after the launch failure that led to an explosion on lift off for a mission that was to resupply the International Space Station.

The launch pad has been undergoing repairs for the last year and a-half at a cost of $15 million.

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - NASA is adding a third company to its short list of space station suppliers.

On Thursday, NASA announced Sierra Nevada Corp. will join SpaceX and Orbital ATK in launching cargo to the International Space Station. These flights, yet to be finalized, will  run through 2024.

Sierra Nevada competed for NASA's commercial crew contract, but lost out in 2014 to SpaceX and Boeing. This marks a second chance for the Nevada-based company, which is developing a mini shuttle. The other companies use standard-shaped capsules.

Wallops Flight Facility website

Clear skies are expected for tonight’s launch from the NASA Wallops flight Facility.

The Antares rocket is set to lift off at 6:45 p.m. – the first night time launch of this kind of rocket at the Virginia Eastern Shore facility.

The Orbital CRS-3 cargo resupply mission is expected to dock with the International Space Station on the morning of November 2nd.