9:31 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Wallops Antares Rocket Launch Set for Wednesday

Antares Rocket Ready for Launch
Antares Rocket Ready for Launch

The rocket stands 130 feet tall and 13 feet wide.

It’s twice the size of the Minotour.

It is the largest rocket ever to be launched from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility.

And the Orbital Sciences Corporation’s Antares it is set to go off tomorrow sometime after 5 pm.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports the flight will carry a simulated payload and will separate from the rocket at around 158 miles above the earth in a little less than 10 minutes after liftoff.

It is being tested under NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services program to carry supplies to the International Space Station.

Tomorrow’s weather forecast expects partly cloudy skies and 20 percent chance of rain.

The program is expected to infuse the area with $4.25 billion in economic activity over the next 15 years.