WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. - The Orbital Antare's team at NASA's Wallops Island facility says they have to postpone the launch of the COTS Demonstration mission by at least 24 hours.
According to reports, the combination of yesterday's poor weather that delayed roll-out of the rocket to the launch pad, and a technical issue that was identified during a combined systems test held last night, computer drove the decision to delay the launch. The technical issue was reportedly involving communications between the ground equipment and the rocket's flight. After comprehensive inspection and testing this morning, the problem was reportedly found and turned out to be an inoperative cable, which is being replaced. Orbital says they will repeat the combined systems test later today. Once that important test is successfully completed, the team will allegedly be able to proceed toward a September 18 launch. Reports say the launch window on September 18th is from 10:50 to 11:05 AM.