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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Commercial Spaceflight Authority says repairs to its launch pad on Wallops Island will likely take a year.

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There will be no rocket launch tomorrow at Wallops Flight Facility.

Orbital Sciences has rescheduled the flight for its Cygnus space craft for Saturday because of bad weather.

NASA spokesmen Keith Koehler says the mission to the International Space Station will take place around 1 p.m. on Saturday.        

The Cygnus holds around 33-hundred pounds of supplies for the station.

This includes science experiments, crew provisions, spare parts and experiment hardware.

Upon launch the Antares rocket is expected to be seen by much of the East Coast.

Wallops Flight Facility

NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility is set to launch the Orbital-1 cargo resupply rocket to the International Space Station this afternoon just after 1 p.m.

After being delayed earlier this week NASA officials say that the weather looks good for a successfully launch.

A Thursday launch would allow the Cygnus spacecraft to arrive at the International Space Station early Sunday with more than 27-hundred pounds of supplies for the crew members.

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More missions are on tap for NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in the wake of the successful launches of the moon exploration mission and the Cygnus spacecraft that will ship supplies to the International Space Station.

Dale Nash, the executive Director of the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority, told WBOC that Wallops had now become a major player in orbital launch and even planetary missions.

With a quick 30 day turnaround, he said, that demonstrated that such launches can be done quickly.

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The Antares rocket lifted off from the Wallops Flight Facility just before 11 a.m. this morning.

The Orbital Sciences Corporation’s Antares rocket is taking the Cygnus Spacecraft on its first resupply mission to the International Space Station.

The two stage Antares is 133 feet tall and is the second major launch in less than two weeks with the Moon mission earlier this month.

Liftoff yesterday was postponed by bad weather.

Space Station Arrival

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Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-Md) says it is now time to look at the issue of mental illness and military security, in the wake of the Navy Yard shooting that killed 12 victims and left the alleged shooter dead. Delmarva Public Radio spoke with the Maryland Democrat about the tragedy in a week that saw Wallops Island Flight facility gear up for another rocket launch.

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Friday Launch

It was a historic weekend for NASA’s Flight Facility on Wallops Island.

Around 15-hundred visitors watched the first lunar launch last Friday from the Virginia facility.

Thousands more saw the rocket take flight from Maine to the Carolinas…with spectacular shot streaking across the sky above New York.

But the rocket immediately ran into some equipment problems.

By Saturday NASA officials said the rocket was still on track for the moon saying that the troubles would be worked out over the next two or three weeks.

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The stage is set for a mid-September launch of an Antares rocket that will supply the International Space Station from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island.

The mission is the major goal in the agreement between Orbital Sciences and NASA.

The company has a contract for eight resupply missions under the Commercial Resupply Service program.

Wallops Island officials say that the two stages of the Antares rocket have been joined and are going through final testing.