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Rocket launch should be visible from Northern Virginia on Saturday

12 November 2017

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.

Orbital ATK's Cygnus mission will be launched on Sunday morning after scrubbing its original lift-off on Saturday.

A rocket launch on Virginia's Eastern Shore should be visible across Northern Virginia on Saturday morning.

The mission will be the eighth for Orbital ATK, which has a $1.9bn (£1.44bn) contract with NASA to resupply the ISS over several years. Live launch coverage will begin at 7 a.m. on NASA Television and the agency's website.

The culprit, a small personal aircraft that entered the restricted airspace was within a 6 miles (10 kilometers) offshore flying at an altitude of about 500 feet, which could have been unsafe for the lift-off.

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

NASA says it will try again at 6:14 a.m. Sunday. "We are now de-tanking and will be ready to go tomorrow morning". The launch time temperature was forecast to be 25-30 degrees. The launch is expected to be visible across much of the East Coast.

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. And it may go down as one of the last to bear the familiar Orbital logo.

Rocket launch should be visible from Northern Virginia on Saturday