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Wayward plane scuttles ISS supply launch

12 Noviembre 2017

NASA tweeted that the launch was postponed "after an aircraft was detected in the vicinity of the launch pad".

Should skies remain clear, it was predicted the rocket launched would be seen from as far north as Boston to as far south as South Carolina.

A rogue aircraft strayed into the hazard area in the final minute of countdown early Saturday and blew the chance to launch an Antares rocket carrying a Cygnus cargo craft to the International Space Station from Wallops Island. The launch is expected to be visible across much of the East Coast.

The Antares rocket launch was originally scheduled for 7:37 a.m. Saturday. The launch has been rescheduled for Sunday, November 12 at 7:14 a.m. The supply run marks the second ISS mission for this type of spacecraft, The Washington Post reports.

"We were working no issues until an aircraft flew into restricted airspace", the aerospace company said on Twitter.

The cargo includes about 7,400 pounds of crew supplies and hardware to the space station, according to a news release, including equipment for dozens of research projects. The first mission happened on October 17, 2016, after a failed attempt two years prior.

"Scientists believe that the results of this experiment could help design effective countermeasures to protect astronauts' health during long-duration human space missions". Live launch coverage will begin at 7 a.m. on NASA Television and the agency's website. And it may go down as one of the last to bear the familiar Orbital logo.

Wayward plane scuttles ISS supply launch