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Antares Rocket Test Scheduled for Tuesday at Wallops

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Wallops Flight Facility from Chopper 16 (Photo: WBOC) Wallops Flight Facility from Chopper 16 (Photo: WBOC)

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. - A test of an Orbital ATK Antares rocket is scheduled to take place at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility next week.

The window for the engine test is from 5 to 8:15 p.m. on May 31. Backup test dates run through June.

During the test, the upgraded Antares dual rocket engines will fire for 30 seconds at maximum 100% power, while the first stage of the test rocket will be held down on the pad, NASA said Wednesday.

People in the area of Wallops Island will be able to see and hear the test, but no live webcast or formal public viewing is planned.

NASA says the test is a key milestone leading up to the flight of the Antares rocket, targeted for later this summer.

Orbital ATK is building, testing and flying the Antares rocket and Cygnus cargo spacecraft under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services contract.

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