Antares Integration Continues at Wallops


rocket and payload in fairing in warehouse
Credit: NASA’s Wallops Space Flight Center

Integration of the Orbital ATK Antares launch vehicle continues in the NASA Horizontal Integration Facility at the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia for its flight to the International Space Station.

The Antares OA-5 launch vehicle is seen on the right.  The Cygnus spacecraft is on the left as crews prepare it for mating with the Antares vehicle.  Cygnus will carry approximately 5,100 pounds of cargo, including crew supplies and vehicle hardware, to the orbiting laboratory to support dozens of science and research investigations.

The Antares is schedule to launch at 9:13 p.m. EDT, Thursday, Oct. 13 from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport’s pad 0A at Wallops.  Backup launch days run through Oct. 19 but additional days could be added if needed. The launch is expected to be visible from the entire east coast, weather permitting.

Rollout of the vehicle from the integration facility to the launch pad is scheduled for the afternoon of Oct. 11.