Orbital ATK: Antares Return to Flight

*Update 10/17 — According to NASA officials, due to a glitch with ground support equipment, Antares is now scheduled to launch Monday (Oct. 17) at 7:40 p.m. EDT (2340 GMT)* 

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jon round 1By Jonathan Stroud

Journalists For Space has been granted behind the scenes access to the Orbital ATK Antares Return to Flight launch at NASA Wallops Flight Facility.

The Antares rocket, launching the Cygnus cargo spacecraft, is scheduled to depart Sunday, Oct. 16th at 8:03 EST.

The Orbital ATK launch will be the company’s first space mission since 2014 when an anomaly caused the rocket to explode shortly after lift-off. The OA-5 Commercial Resupply Mission will be Orbital ATK’s sixth cargo resupply mission contracted with NASA.

The Cygnus spacecraft will deliver approximately 5,000lbs of experiments and supplies to astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Once the spacecraft reaches the ISS, the Canadarm2 robotic arm, Mobile Servicing System (MSS), will be used to dock the spacecraft with the space station. After the crew unloads the supplies and experiments, they will re-fill the empty cargo module with waste for disposal, as it will be destroyed during reentry into Earth’s atmosphere after leaving the ISS.

Credit: Orbital ATK

The Antares rocket was successfully rolled out to the launch Pad-0A, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016.

Credit: NASA

See more pictures from the Orbital ATK Antares rollout by clicking here.

If you live on the East Coast check out the launch radius below to see if you will be able to spot the Antares rocket on Sunday.

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Credit: Orbital ATK

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