Winds scrub Atlas 5/Cygnus launch

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For the second day in a row winds have forced a scrub of the Atlas 5 launch of Orbital ATK’s Cygnus capsule to ISS.

They have not yet decided whether they will try again on Saturday or Sunday.

Update: They have decided to try again on Saturday.


  • PeterF

    Fox news was prepared for live coverage. Shocking!

  • t-dub

    Looks like today (Saturday) was also scrubbed due to weather. They will try again on Sunday at 4:44 p.m. EST.

  • Wodun


    I could be wrong but it seems to me that this ULA launch has had more hype surrounding it than previous launches. The internet was uncharacteristically excited over what has been rather common place due to the reliability and longevity of the launcher.

    Sure, the payload has something to do with it but the focus wasn’t so strong on the payload but the launch.

    IMO, this shows that Tony Bruno has put in place a great PR team to pump up ULA launches and is trying to create the same excitement newer entrants like Blue Origin and SpaceX receive for his well established mature company.

  • Edward

    Wodun wrote: “I could be wrong but it seems to me that this ULA launch has had more hype surrounding it than previous launches.”

    ULA may be bragging about their reliability. They are behind the curve where price is concerned, but they have a good success record, and they may be trying to emphasize that Orbital ATK must rely upon ULA, because their own rocket exploded.

    On the other hand, since there have been so many problems with the supply missions, these past 14 months, public interest (read: “news media interest”) may be much higher than usual and will die down after a few successful US resupply missions. It happened this way with the Space Shuttle, after their disasters.

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