Plane scrubs launch to space station
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.