A rocket launch is set for 7:30 this evening from the Wallops Flight Facility when the Air Force and NASA will attempt to put 29 tiny satellites into orbit.
The launch is expected to be seen by much of the East Coast.
Orbital Sciences Corporation rocket will carry an ordinary smartphone that has been converted by NASA and another built by students at Thomas Jefferson High School in Alexandria, Virginia.
WBOC reports that the backup date is November 26th.
DULLES, Va. (AP) - Space technology company Orbital Sciences Corp. has been selected to develop a new astrophysics satellite for NASA under a four-year, $75 million contract.
The Dulles based company says it will design, manufacture and test the satellite that will perform a full-sky search for exoplanets around nearby stars.
The work is being done as part of the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite program. A launch is planned for mid-2017.
It will not be until Saturday before the two-stage Antares rocket lifts off the launch pad at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility.
Orbital Sciences Corporation had planned to send the rocket into space on Wednesday.
But there was glitch just 12 minutes before launch.
The rocket will be carrying a dummy cargo as it prepares for eventually supplying the International Space Station.