Today’s launch of Orbital ATK’s Antares rocket is postponed 24 hours due to a ground support equipment (GSE) cable that did not perform as expected during the pre-launch check out. We have spares on hand and rework procedures are in process. The Antares and Cygnus teams are not currently working any technical issues with the rocket or the spacecraft.
The launch is now scheduled for October 17 at 7:40 p.m. EDT.
The Cygus cargo ship is bringing over 5,000 lbs. of supplies, research materials and scientific experiments to the International Space Station.
Soon to follow on October 19, 2016 are the astronauts of Expedition 49-50 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Russia. The three new crew members are NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough and cosmonauts Andrey Borisenko and Sergey Ryzhikov. The two-day trip will find them rendezvousing with the space station on October 21, 2016, earliest.
Written By: Mark Garcia NASA
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