Company shoots for Va. launch after solar scare

Associated Press Updated: January 9, 2014 at 12:02 pm • Published: January 9, 2014 0

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A Virginia company is getting a break after a series of launch delays.

Orbital Sciences Corp. aims to launch its unmanned Antares rocket from Wallops Island, Va., at 1:07 p.m. Thursday. On board is a capsule full of supplies for the International Space Station, as well as some ants for an educational project.

Weather permitting, the rocket will be visible along the East Coast from South Carolina to Massachusetts. It will resemble a faint bright spot.

The delivery was supposed to be last month, but space station repairs took priority. This week's frigid temperatures forced a delay. Then a strong solar storm interfered. The company analyzed the solar radiation and, late Wednesday, deemed it acceptable.

NASA is paying Orbital Sciences and the SpaceX company to restock the space station.

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