Bad cable delays comeback rocket launch from Virginia

Antares Rocket

Though a bad cable delayed the launch of a rocket from Virginia on Sunday, NASA is eager to make a comeback.

People in the CT region may be able to get a glimpse of NASA's rocket launch Monday night.

The Cygnus cargo spacecraft, meant to resupply the International Space Station, was to be deployed from an Antares rocket set to launch shortly after 8 p.m. on Sunday.

The spacecraft will carry food, supplies, provisions and emergency equipment for the ISS crew, as well as the Spacecraft Fire Experiment-II or Saffire-II that will study the behavior of combustion in microgravity. Image: Orbital ATK/NASA Number of seconds after launch that Orbital ATK's Antares rocket will become visible. Those engines did their job this evening, getting Antares and Cygnus airborne before giving way to the second stage powered by the CASTOR 30XL engine. Given clear skies, the launch should be visible along most of the East Coast, including Washington, New York, and Boston.

For Monday's launch, Orbital will use a newer engine, also Russian built, on its Antares rocket. After the cargo is removed and disposal items are loaded, Cygnus will depart from the station in mid-November. As Orbital returns to the repaired launch pad, some industry observers are still waiting to see if the private company model will succeed in the long run. Most of those launches are suborbital, and they've continued.

Orbital spent two years redesigning its rocket and rebuilding the launch pad.

Live launch coverage will begin at 6:45 p.m. on NASA Television and the agency's website.

Orbital Sciences still had to comply cargo contract with NASA.

Anyone with an interest in space travel has an opportunity tonight to watch the launch of a spacecraft from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Wallops Flight Facility.

Orbital ATK engineers install two Energomash RD-181 engines on its Antares rocket's core structure in July 2015. The space agency's other supplier, SpaceX, which also has a contract to eventually fly astronauts to the station, now is grounded while investigators try to determine why its rocket exploded last month, the second mishap involving one of its missions.

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