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Chincoteague Readies For Antares Launch

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CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. - It's T-minus four days until another large-scale launch on the Eastern Shore.

Locally-owned businesses like the Birchwood Motel in Chincoteague Island are getting ready for another launch.

"It's one of those really prideful sources for Americans, I think," said Rick Trotman.

Last week, Trotman, who manages the Accomack County motel, says he sold out every room at as LADEE took flight to the moon. This week, however, he's only at 25 percent capacity as of Friday afternoon.

"We don't know quite how it's going to go," said Trotman.

"I expect [the hotels will] be filled up, but it happening during the middle of the week could make a difference," Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce executive director Suzanne Taylor said.

But that isn't taking away from the excitement for the beach town. Just like with every launch, Trotman says he'll take any of his guests out to his dock on the water to watch the Antares rocket's very first trip to the International Space Station.

Back in April, crews successfully tested the rocket. Now, the Antares missions will bring up to 20,000 kilograms of cargo up to the ISS. If this launch is successful, it will allow Orbital and NASA to launch eight more re-supply missions.

The Antares rocket is scheduled for launch this Tuesday at Wallops Flight Facility at 11:16 AM.

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