Orbital ATK’s unmanned Antares rocket blasted off Monday evening time from Wallops Island. It was the first flight of an Antares since a launch explosion on Oct. 28, 2014, that wrecked the pad and destroyed all of the issues on the world station present run. For the long-awaited comeback, the pad underwent a $15 million face-lift, and the rocket acquired new Russian engines.
The launch supplied a gift for sky gazers alongside a whole lot of the East Coast.
The cargo ship, named Cygnus after the swan constellation, should dangle spherical in orbit until Sunday sooner than making the 5,000-pound provide. Which will give three astronauts time to launch from Kazakhstan and get to the station.