High winds delay Orbital space cargo launch again

High winds delay Orbital space cargo launch again

High (LSE: 0O9Y.L – news) winds off the Florida coast on Friday forced another delay to Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA – news) ‘s planned launch of its Cygnus space cargo ship, the second postponement in two days, NASA said.

“The winds were just a couple of knots too high,” said Vern Thorp, mission manager for United Launch Alliance.

p>The next opportunity for launch could be as early as Saturday or Sunday, yet officials have not yet made a decision, Thorp said.

The mission will be the first for the company since a sudden rocket failure in October 2014 destroyed Orbital’s Antares rocket & the thousands of pounds of cargo on board, just seconds after launching from Wallops Island, Virginia.

This time, Orbital is using a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket to send the cargo to space on what aims to be its fourth scheduled trip.

Rainy weather postponed the initial launch attempt on Thursday.

Source: “AFP”