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New Launch Date from Wallops Island


WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. - A new "no earlier than" date for the next rocket launch from Wallops Island has been set.

NASA and Orbital Sciences Corp. have established Tuesday, Jan. 7 as the soonest possible day the Orbital-1 CRS cargo resupply mission could happen.

A Jan. 7 launch within the targeted window of 1:55 to 2:00 p.m. EST would be grappled and berthed at the space station in the early morning hours of Jan. 10, according to NASA.

The launch date will continue to be evaluated as NASA proceeds with three space walks by the Expedition 38 crew to replace a cooling pump aboard the space station.

Orbital's Antares team rolled the rocket off the launch pad at Wallops on Thursday, following the postponement of the originally targeted Dec. 19 launch.

Time sensitive payloads on Cygnus were removed on Friday. They will be "refreshed" by the payload provider and returned for reloading into Cygnus, according to NASA. That would happen Jan. 3, and rollout to the launch pad would happen Jan. 4 to meet a Jan. 7 launch.

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