The next Antares launch attempt has now been scheduled for Saturday, April 20, 5 pm (Eastern).


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The next Antares launch attempt has now been scheduled for Saturday, April 20, 5 pm (Eastern).

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  • wodun

    I like how their launch times allow for easy viewing. No staying up until midnight.

  • Dick Eagleson

    The wide launch windows and the 5 P.M. EDT launch targets on each of the launch attempt days are a function of the fact that this initial test launch just has to get their Cygnus simulator into orbit, but it doesn’t have to rendezvous with anything. As of their next mission, Orbital will be constrained by the same orbital mechanics as SpaceX’s recent missions, i.e., zero-tolerance launch windows and launch timing keyed to the orbital position of the ISS. Math is a harsh mistress.

  • wodun

    If there is anything that I have learned from being a space cadet, it is that math is the idea killer.

    Thanks for pointing out why they don’t have to launch at some ungodly hour, this time…

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