Monday, 20 November, 2017

Orbital ATK CRS-8 Prelaunch Mission Status Briefing

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Frank Williams | 12 November, 2017, 01:49

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

The rocket will be carrying a spacecraft with a large supply of items to the International Space Station (ISS), including "more than 7,000 pounds of food, clothing and experiments", NASA says. The launch has been rescheduled for Sunday, November 12 at 7:14 a.m. It attributed the delay to a "small aircraft" spotted flying at 500 feet about six miles offshore. FAA is investigating the incident. "We are now de-tanking and will be ready to go tomorrow morning".

"Results from this investigation could contribute to determining appropriate antibiotic dosages to protect astronaut health during long-duration human spaceflight and help us understand how antibiotic effectiveness may change as a function of stress on Earth", NASA said in a statement.

The S.S. Gene Cernan Cygnus will launch aboard an Antares launch vehicle for the sixth time from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia to deliver vital supplies and scientific equipment to the station as part of the space company's Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract with NASA. The next launch attempt is set for Sunday, Nov. 12 at 7:14 a.m. EST.

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The speech, delivered in July 2014, energized thousands of Muslims around the world to travel to Iraq and Syria and to take up arms for the militant group.

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

Among the thousands of pounds of supplies are several science experiments, including an experiment created to measure antibiotic resistance in microgravity. And produced a memorable launch for Richmonders last October.

In September, competitor Northrup Grumman announced plans to buy Orbital for $7.8 billion.

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