Antares Launch Delayed Until June

By  //  February 22, 2012

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Artist's concept of an Antares rocket mounted on the launch pad at Wallops Island, Va. (Image: Orbital Sciences Corp)

SPACE

WALLOPS ISLAND, VIRGINIA – The first flight of the Antares booster, one of two U.S. rockets selected to launch cargo to the International Space Station, will be delayed until at least late June as work to certify the launch pad continues on the Virginia coast, Orbital Sciences Corp. officials said Tuesday. 

Trouble certifying components of the rocket’s launch pad has delayed the debut flight of Antares by eight or nine months, according to David Thompson, chairman and CEO of Orbital Sciences.

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