NASA TV to air Antares launch
Parent Category: News | 10-04-2013
NASA's commercial partner, Orbital Sciences of Dulles, Virginia, is scheduled to launch its first Antares rocket from Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad-0A at the agency's Wallops Flight Facility on Wednesday 17 April, and NASA TV will be on hand to bring the event to the masses via an online streaming video feed.
NASA's coverage of the launch will begin at 4pm ET. Lift-off is scheduled for 5pm with a daily launch window that runs until 8pm. If needed, back-up launch opportunities are available from 18-21 April.
The Antares test flight is the first of two missions Orbital is scheduled to conduct this year under NASA's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) Programme. This mission will demonstrate the Antares launch system beginning with its rollout and placement on the launch pad through its fuelling, launch, and delivery of a mass simulator payload into orbit.
The mass simulator matches the weight and dimensions of the Cygnus spacecraft, which Orbital has developed to deliver cargo to the International Space Station. The simulator carries instruments to collect data about the launch environment during the Antares flight.