Bad continue delays US space hire shipment, 1st in months for NASA’s

According to NASA, thick cloud and uneasy continue during Space Launch Complex 41 during Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida taboo a liftoff of a unmanned Orbital Sciences/ATK Cygnus CRS-4 mission and launch control systematic a 24-hr delay during 6:11 pm EST. A new 30 notation launch window has been scheduled for 5:33 p.m. ET Friday.

Orbital is regulating an Atlas V rocket – powered by Russian-made RD-180 engines – done by a corner try of Boeing Co. and Lockheed Martin Corp. It’s due to lift off early Thursday dusk with 7,400 pounds of space hire reserve packaged into a plug named Cygnus after a swan constellation.

Download a Gadgets 360 app for Android and iOS to stay adult to date with a latest tech news, product reviews, and disdainful deals on a renouned mobiles. An Orbital Antares rocket and a Space X Falcon 9 exploded in unbroken missions.

The Cygnus booster for a OA-4 mission is a initial to occupy a longer, “enhanced”, PCM that can lift a larger volume of cargo than a PCM flown on prior missions, and lightweight UltraFlex arrays grown and built by Orbital ATK’s Goleta, California, facility.

Russia, that also gifted a unsuccessful supply mission final Apr before removing behind on track, will launch another bucket of cargo in late December.

The designed launch comes after NASA suffered dual inauspicious waste in reduction than a year of cargo vessels firm for a International Space Station.

MARROW: an examination led by researchers during a University of Ottawa, to investigate how microgravity affects bone pith and a cells, to advantage not usually a astronauts who live a space station, yet also those with singular mobility here on Earth. It’s partial a resupply mission for a astronauts now adult there. Then in June, another rocket launched by Elon Musk’s SpaceX simply disintegrated en-route to a ISS. Orbital ATK bought another company’s rocket, a maestro Atlas V, for this supply mission. Space hire module manager Kirk Shireman expects it will take another year to get a cupboard full again – supposing there are no some-more accidents.

The examiner ubiquitous remarkable that NASA had already paid Orbital $1.6 billion of a $1.9 billion agreement even yet a association had usually twice succeeded during carrying cargo to a space station.

Watch Orbital's initial launch given final year's rocket blast during 5:55PM ET