New Launch Date Selected: Oct. 14

Photo of Cygnus cargo logistics spacecraft, courtesy Orbital ATK.
Photo of Cygnus cargo logistics spacecraft, courtesy Orbital ATK.

Orbital ATK has rescheduled the launch of the OA-5 CRS mission for Friday, Oct. 14, 2016. The updated schedule now includes roll-out of the Antares rocket to the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport launch pad at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Wednesday, Oct. 12. Liftoff of the Antares rocket on Oct. 14 is planned for 8:51 p.m. (EDT), with the rendezvous of the Cygnus cargo logistics spacecraft with the International Space Station expected at approximately 6:05 a.m. (EDT) on Monday, Oct. 17.

The Antares and Cygnus team encountered and resolved a minor vehicle processing issue over the weekend which, together with time spent on contingency planning for Hurricane Matthew, necessitated the one-day slip. This updated schedule is still subject to the completion of all remaining pre-launch testing and operational activities, as well as acceptable weather conditions prior to and during launch operations.

5 thoughts on “New Launch Date Selected: Oct. 14”

  1. How can I tell if I will be able to see it from the ground? I know there is a map but I cannot locate it. Thanks

  2. What path will the rocket take when launched and will it be visible to us “mortals”?

      1. I spent years with AT&T in Arlington Va caring for NASA data services. I was at NASA Greenbelt and other sites over the years and now have a great spot behind Wallops Island to watch your upcoming launch and we are really looking forward to it on the 14th. Regards Dave

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