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Rogue aircraft forces NASA to scrub Antares launch from Wallops

Rogue aircraft forces NASA to scrub Antares launch from Wallops

The rocket was originally scheduled to launch at 7 a.m. on Saturday, November 11.

The launch of an Orbital ATK Antares rocket from NASA's Wallops Island Flight Facility in Virginia is scheduled for 7:37 a.m. Saturday, and, weather permitting, will be visible from CT to North Carolina.

The launch of @OrbitalATK's Antares rocket carrying the Cygnus cargo spacecraft has scrubbed for Saturday after an aircraft was detected in the vicinity of the launch pad. Sunday's launch attempt is set for 7:14 a.m. EST. FAA is investigating the incident.

There is a catch for anyone who heads outside to witness it: Saturday morning will be frigid, possibly coming off a record low temperature for the date. But at the last minute, a plane flew into the restricted airspace at Wallops Island.

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The military said the drone was operated by the Syrian regime and was shot down in the demilitarized zone between the countries. A UAV was intercepted by a Patriot defense system after it approached Israeli airspace on Saturday.

NASA says it will try again at 6:14 a.m. Sunday.

The barrel-shaped Cygnus is packed with 7,400 pounds (3,356 kilograms) of food, supplies, equipment and science experiments.

There will be live coverage of the launch on NASA TV.

"Bacterial antibiotic resistance may pose a danger to astronauts in microgravity, where the immune response is weakened", NASA said. Orbital ATK will soon pass into the hands of defense contractor giant Northrop Grumman which has bought it for about $7.8 billion.