Wallops Island Launch Successful Today

    January 9, 2014
    Tina Volpe
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The launch that was scheduled for January 8th was delayed due to the massive solar flare that occurred on Tuesday. However, it has now launched a day later in an effort to get supplies to the crew at the space station.

Orbital Sciences Corp. said the launch is going just as planned.

“It was another excellent launch of Antares, and so far, our first CRS mission is off to a great start with Cygnus operating exactly as anticipated at this early stage of the mission,” said Mr. David W. Thompson, Orbital’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our team has put in a lot of hard work to get to the point of performing regular ISS cargo delivery trips for NASA. It’s an exciting day for all of us and I’m looking forward to completing this and our future CRS missions safely and successfully for our NASA customer.”

The rocket lifted off into a brilliant blue sky from Wallops Island, Va., at 1:07 p.m. taking a capsule of supplies to the International Space Station, which included strangely enough, ants, for some kind of educational project. A webcast of the launch is available to view, as many reported seeing the rocket stream on Twitter.

Although the original launch was scheduled for December, the space station repairs were not completed and took priority. The extreme cold weather also contributed to the delay.

The biggest delay of yesterday’s plan to launch was the first major solar flare of the year. The solar storm released a flare that erupted from a sunspot that was seven times the size of Earth, and caused the mission a delay in fear of possible radiation problems.

“Upon a deeper examination of the current space weather environment, Orbital’s engineering team, in consultation with NASA, has determined that the risk to launch success is within acceptable limits established at the outset of the Antares program,” Orbital officials announced late Wednesday.

Image via NASA, Space.com

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  • Robin

    Although the author is reporting on a science article, she needs to understand SPELL CHECK isn’t always accurate with English. Although flair is spelled correctly, the scientific term is “Solar Flare” which is glaringly incorrect repeatedly in this article. I’m surprised NASA, Wallops and the editor didn’t catch and correct this error.

    • Who Cares

      People make mistakes. Move on. I hate the spelling and grammar police. This isn’t a term paper or a peer reviewed scientific study. It is an internet article.

      • DG

        Just what is wrong with an expectation of the proper use of the English language in written form? Why would the Internet have a lower standard than that called for in the “AP Style Guide?”

        • Thomas

          If I could give you m 10 thumbs up on that, I would!

      • Thomas

        Mediocrity being the new high standard in America, you must be its poster child.