Rocket launch rescheduled after aircraft enters restricted space

Rocket launch rescheduled after aircraft enters restricted space

Orbital ATK's Cygnus mission will be launched on Sunday morning after scrubbing its original lift-off on Saturday.

The launch was scrubbed Saturday morning after an aircraft was detected in the vicinity of the launch pad.

The International Space Station is getting a delivery shipped from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore.

Orbital OTK rescheduled the launch for 7:14 a.m. Sunday.

The Antares rocket launch was originally scheduled for 7:37 a.m. Saturday. FAA is investigating the incident.

"We were working no issues until an aircraft flew into restricted airspace", the aerospace company said on Twitter. "We are now de-tanking and will be ready to go tomorrow morning".

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Here's what the NASA's Wallops Flight Facility says for us in Richmond.

First in 2017 mission of Antares rocket seemed to reaching successful final, but in the last minute before igniting its two powerful RD-181 engines, mission control center chose to abort mission and scrub launch.

NASA will livestream mission coverage starting at 1:15 a.m. and launch coverage at 7 a.m.

The Cygnus capsule holds more than 7,400 pounds of cargo, including fresh fruit and vegetables for the station's six-man crew, and mealworms and micro clover for student experiments.

In a later tweet, it was confirmed that the spacecraft remains "healthy" and is all set to launch.

The cargo will help researchers conduct studies on how space's microgravity affects the E.coli bacteria's resistance to antibiotics. And produced a memorable launch for Richmonders last October.

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