NASA plans to launch an Antares rocket international space station on the need to supply the Virginian Space Agency's Wallops Flight Facility this week.
The weather conditions, the Northrup Grumman rocket and the Cygnus cargo spacecraft may appear to the people of the east coast in the first few minutes after the launch of the Midpos Atlantic Regional Spaceport in Wallops on Friday. "The launch is expected to be visible on most of the east coast if the sky is clear," said Facility Facebook Mail.
Unmanned Cygnus cargo ships carry 7,500 pounds of food, equipment and research.
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One of the underlying scientific experiments explores how the universe consisted of stardust. One examines the pathology of Parkinson's disease. One more is the manufacture and repair of durable processing agents during long space operations.
The startup window will open at 4.23 EST on Friday. NASA had originally planned to launch a rocket 24 hours earlier, but had to push it back due to unfavorable weather conditions.
"The current Wallops area forecast on November 15 estimated 90% adverse weather conditions, and major concerns include thick clouds, disturbed weather and low cloud limits," comments Northrop Grumman on Wednesday. "Expect heavy rainfall (1-2 inches) and strong windmills (45-50 mph)."
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The weather may still be affected by the beginning of Friday. Although rainfall is expected to decline on Friday morning, strong Nordic winds are still expected during the startup window. A scrambled trip pushes the delivery space back to Saturday.
"The conditions seem to be quite favorable for launching a Saturday morning with a high-pressure building in the southeastern United States and the East Shore, which produces lighter winds and mostly clear clarity," Northrop Grumman wrote in the blog library. "One of the quotes Saturday, however, is that the system is expected to influence the Wallops area on Thursday to pull a strong front side of Bermuda early on Friday to Saturday, which offers a potentially heavy rains and strong winds there before the start-up window."
Space Station delivery is the first launch of Russian Soyuz rocket launcher in Kazakhstan on October 11. Russian space exploration accused of a damaged sensor that forced the rocket to interrupt its journey just two minutes after its launch.
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NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchin made a dramatic escape shortly after the launch of Baikonur Cosmodrome.
Later Friday, Russia is also planning to launch its own supply of ISS.
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