CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A bad cable has delayed a rocket launch from Virginia by a NASA shipper eager to make a strong comeback.
Orbital ATK was poised to fly its Antares rocket Sunday night with a load of supplies for the International Space Station, after being grounded for two years. But seven hours before the planned liftoff, NASA announced the flight was off until Monday night.
The cable — part of ground support equipment at the Wallops Island launch complex — will be replaced.
This will be the first launch of the unmanned Antares rocket since one exploded shortly after liftoff in October 2014.
NASA is paying Orbital ATK as well as the SpaceX company to deliver cargo to the station. SpaceX is currently grounded because of a launch pad explosion last month.