OA-8 cargo mission to International Space Station postponed for 24 hours

Credit NASA  Bill Ingalls

Credit NASA Bill Ingalls

The launch of the Orbital ATK Antares 230 launch vehicle with OA-8 S.S. Gene Cernan Cygnus from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, Virginia, was aborted on Saturday, Nov. 11 morning, due to a range violation as an aircraft was detected in the vicinity of the launch pad, said NASA.

Officially Cygnus OA-8 (enhanced version) with 3.7 t of payload will be launched tomorrow from same pad at 12:14 UTC.

A NASA rocket launch was delayed on Saturday morning thanks to an unexpected visitor: a stray plane. It attributed the delay to a "small aircraft" spotted flying at 500 feet about six miles offshore.

Here's what the NASA's Wallops Flight Facility says for us in Richmond.

Lift-off was set for 7:37 a.m.at Virginia's Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on the Eastern Shore.

The mission is a part of Orbital ATK's Commercial Resupply Services with NASA.

The interior of the rocket was packed to the brim with crew supplies and science experiments weighing a total of 7,400 pounds, the equivalent of three Toyota Corollas. The spacecraft will remain attached to the ISS for one month.

To study microgravity's effect on bacterial antibiotic resistance, scientists are set to send E. coli, a common bacterial pathogen linked to urinary tract infections and foodborne illnesses, to the International Space Station (ISS).

In October 2014, similar Antares rocket launch to ISS exploded in its lift-off stage.

In September, competitor Northrup Grumman announced plans to buy Orbital for $7.8 billion.

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