Orbital to try space cargo launch Saturday after high winds

Orbital to try space cargo launch Saturday after high winds

Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA – news) will attempt to make it third time lucky Saturday in the launch of its Cygnus space cargo ship after high winds off Florida forced a second postponement in as many days.

The next opportunity for launch will be Saturday at 5:10 pm (2210 GMT), the US space agency NASA said, after Friday’s attempt was scrapped.

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

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”