Cygnus Ready to Fly

Viewing opportunities for the Orbital launch.  Click for larger. Credit: NASA

Viewing opportunities for the Orbital launch. Click for larger. Credit: NASA

Mission: Orbital 1 Commercial Resupply Services flight

Launch Vehicle: Antares

Cargo ship: Cygnus

Date: 08 January 2014 TBA (Possibly Thursday 9-Jan)

Status:  LAUNCHED ON 09 Jan 2014

Analysis from SWPC:

Analysis of Solar Active Regions and Activity from 06/2100Z to
07/2100Z: Solar activity has been at high levels for the past 24 hours.
The largest solar event of the period was a X1 event observed at
07/1832Z.

Launch time: 18:30 UTC

Launch Site: Wallops Flight Facility

Launch Pad: Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad-0A

Odds of Favorable Weather: 95 percent

Coverage should be available at the NASA-TV link at the top of the page.

Orbital Sciences had a successful satellite launch yesterday atop a Space X Falcon rocket.  Hopefully they can go two-for-two in getting a nice clean launch of their own rocket today.

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