NASA Delays Rocket Launch Until Thursday

Sep 5, 2012

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - NASA is planning a test flight of a suborbital sounding rocket from its Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore.

The space agency says the test flight was set for Wednesday morning, but was postponed until Thursday morning to allow additional testing of the payload.

It will be the first flight of the Talos-Terrier-Oriole launch vehicle meant to support high-altitude space science research.

Officials say the three-stage vehicle is expected to lift its 1,664-pound payload to about 175 miles above Earth. The payload is expected to land in the Atlantic Ocean about 300 miles off Wallops Island after a 10 minute flight. The payload will not be recovered.

The launch may be visible to observers on parts of the Eastern Shore of Virginia, Maryland, and southern Delaware.