Rogue Aircraft Cancels Orbital ATK Rocket Launch in Virginia


The fundamental scenario of the experiment protocol will start four days after launch of the EcAMSat satellite by allowing an initial growth and then starvation period for E. coli bacteria contained in 48 microfluidic wells.

Managers aborted liftoff of a commercial Antares cargo launcher Saturday when an aircraft strayed into restricted airspace near the rocket's planned flight path east from a launch pad on Virginia's Eastern Shore.

At the time, NASA had been anxious that its other commercial resupplier, SpaceX, might not be available for resupply missions after grounding its flights in the wake of a failure.

"Copy that", Lewis replied.

Orbital ATK's Antares rocket is set to carry a capsule holding 7,400 pounds of cargo to the International Space Station (ISS), supplying six astronauts with fresh fruit, vegetables, ice cream bars and equipment for experiments.

There was no time to wait for the aircraft to clear the the safety box, and managers ordered a scrub.

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"I'm really not surprised because of what I saw before those boys came in and what I've seen in training". Dier added: "We had periods we controlled it - we're disappointed we haven't scored".

The next launch attempt will occur tomorrow, Sunday, November 12, 2017, with liftoff occurring 23 minutes earlier at 7:14 a.m.

NASA says the weather conditions are "90 percent favorable" for Sunday's scheduled launch.

Authorities publish notices to pilots and mariners to keep them away from rocket drop zones and safety corridors, but the warnings sometimes go unheeded, prompting launch delays.

The launch may be hard to see from farther away since it is happening during the day. Besides, NASA is preparing a mission to the depths of space, where the health of the astronauts will be more at risk.

Crews aboard ISS will use a robotic arm to "capture" the spacecraft after it detaches from the rocket. The visitor center is set to open at 3:30 a.m. EST on Saturday.