NEW JERSEY — A rocket launch in Virginia scheduled for Sunday night has been postponed until Monday due to a bad cable, the Associated Press reported. But the launch may be visible in New Jersey, weather permitting, according to space.com.
The cable — part of ground support equipment at the Wallops Island launch complex — will be replaced. Seven hours before planned liftoff, NASA announced the flight had been postponed.
If all goes as planned Monday night, residents in New Jersey should be able to look south-southwest to see what will seem like a bright, moving star.
Liftoff will be from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island in Virginia, according to space.com.
A live NASA feed of the launch will also be available to watch online.
The rocket is an upgraded version of the Antares rocket with new engines and structural upgrades, which will carry and launch Orbital ATK’s Cygnus spacecraft on a NASA cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station, according to space.com.
A few years ago, a privately built Antares rocket crashed and exploded. The explosion caused $15 million in damage to the launchpad.
Tonight’s rocket will carry 5,100 pounds of cargo, including science experiments, hardware and supplies for astronauts on the ISS, according to space.com. It is expected to arrive at the ISS on Wednesday morning and will remain there until November.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.AlertMe