Orbital ATK sets launch date, two years after Wallops explosion

The Orbital ATK Antares rocket, with the Cygnus spacecraft onboard, launches from Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad 0A, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The Antares rocket suffered a catastrophic anomaly after launch, resulting in the loss of both vehicles. The Cygnus spacecraft was filled with supplies slated for the International Space Station, including science experiments, experiment hardware, spare parts, and crew provisions.

Credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky
The Orbital ATK Antares rocket, with the Cygnus spacecraft onboard, launches from Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad 0A, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The Antares rocket suffered a catastrophic anomaly after launch, resulting in the loss of both vehicles. The Cygnus spacecraft was filled with supplies slated for the International Space Station, including science experiments, experiment hardware, spare parts, and crew provisions. Credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A space station supply mission by a Virginia company has been pushed back to October.

NASA said Tuesday that Orbital ATK plans to launch sometime between Oct. 9 and Oct. 13. The mission is to return the company’s unmanned Antares rocket to flight after nearly two years.

It also would be Orbital ATK’s first mission from Wallops, Island, Virginia, since a launch failure in October 2014. The explosion damaged the launch pad and destroyed $51 million in NASA cargo.

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Since then, Orbital ATK has used another company’s rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida, to fulfill its obligations to NASA.

Orbital first planned to launch in August and September. The company said previously that it needed more time for inspections and tests and also had to fit into the space station’s schedule.

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