Antares Raised at Launchpad

Orbital ATK’s Antares rocket was raised at the launch pad at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s Eastern Shore the evening of May 18.

Time-lapse of Antares rocket being raised at launchpad. Watch on YouTube. Credit: NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility/Patrick Black

The Antares rocket, with Orbital ATK’s Cygnus spacecraft aboard is scheduled to launch no earlier than May 21 at 4:39 a.m. EDT from Pad 0A of Virginia Space’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at Wallops.

The mission, CRS-9, is Orbital ATK’s ninth contracted cargo delivery flight to the International Space Station for NASA. Among the 7,400 pounds of cargo aboard Cygnus are science experiments, crew supplies and vehicle hardware.

Credit: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani
Credit: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani
Credit: NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility/Patrick Black