WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. - The Oribital Sciences Antares Rocket is reportedly scheduled for no earlier than Wednesday, January 8th.
According to reports, the new target date was set due to the extreme cold temperatures that are forecasted for early next week, coupled with likely precipitation events predicted for Sunday night and Monday morning. NASA officials say they are preserving the option to launch on January 8th, but it is more likely that the launch will take place on Thursday, January 9th, because of a much improved forecast for later in the week.
Reports say the launch window on Wednesday is 1:32 to 1:37 PM, and if Wednesday does not prove favorable, the launch window for Thursday, January 9th is 1:10 to 1:15 PM.
Officials say rollout of the rocket to the pad will occur as previously scheduled on January 4th due to the relatively favorable weather, and the fact that the cargo has already been loaded onto the Cygnus. The team will reportedly execute on-pad preparations (mating the rocket to the pad, rotating the rocket to its vertical position, connecting umbilicals, etc.) immediately after rollout.
Reports say the Launch Readiness Review is currently scheduled to take place on Monday January 6.