Plane scrubs launch to space sta­tion

The Washington Post Sunday - - COMMUTER - — Martin Weil

Rock­ets are known to bring down air­craft, but in the Wal­lops Is­land, Va., area on Satur­day, an air­craft stopped a rocket. And per­haps caused some im­pa­tience on the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion.

A re­sup­ply mis­sion to the sta­tion was scrubbed Satur­day af­ter a small air­plane strayed into re­stricted airspace, of­fi­cials said.

It pre­vented the sched­uled launch of an Or­bital ATK Antares rocket that was to carry a Cygnus re­sup­ply aloft, per­mit­ting it to link up with the space sta­tion.

Cygnus is to carry 7,500 pounds of crew sup­plies, hard­ware and re­search equip­ment, NASA said.

NASA’s Wal­lops Flight Fa­cil­ity said the small plane that prompted the post­pone­ment was at 500 feet about 6 miles off shore. The launch was resched­uled for Sun­day with a launch win­dow to open at 7:14 a.m. NASA said.

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