Stray plane delays rocket launch to International Space Station

Stray plane delays rocket launch to International Space Station”

The next launch attempt is set for Sunday, Nov. 12 at 7:14 a.m. EST.

10 mission managers provided an overview of the mission, and status of launch operations during a prelaunch briefing.

The rocket was expected to carry the Cygnus aircraft into orbit and deliver 7,400 pounds of supplies, equipment and science experiments to the International Space Station.

The Antares rocket launch was originally scheduled for 7:37 a.m. Saturday.

Sunday's launch will be Orbital ATK's fourth ISS resupply mission. The spacecraft will remain attached to the ISS for one month.

This picture from Friday morning shows the rocket's size, which is the biggest the NASA facility on the Eastern Shore of Virginia sends up.

"We were working no issues until an aircraft flew into restricted airspace. We are currently de-tanking and will be ready to go tomorrow morning". Depending on the weather, the rocket may possibly be seen from Connecticut to South Carolina-but there's a catch. It attributed the delay to a "small aircraft" spotted flying at 500 feet about six miles offshore.

Little did they know they would be pushing back the launch anyway.

When it happens, the launch will be Orbital's eighth launch under its NASA contract, originally valued at $1.9 billion.

The attached cargo ship will help researchers conduct studies on how space's microgravity affects the E.coli bacteria's resistance to antibiotics, and another NASA experiment will test feasibility of faster communications between people in space and on earth.

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