The test flight for a space capsule system that could help resupply the International Space Station is scheduled to launch from Virginia on Wednesday evening. Weather permitting, the rocket should be visible from parts of Maryland.
The Antares rocket, which was developed by Virginia-based Orbital Sciences Corporation, is scheduled to launch at 5:00 p.m. ET, although the launch window extends until 8:00 p.m., according to Laurel Patch.
The craft will be carrying a mock four-ton payload, designed to simulate the company’s Cygnus space capsule, which NASA hopes will soon be toting materials to the ISS.
Orbital Sciences Corp. has a $1.9 billion deal with NASA to conduct eight unmanned Cygnus resupply trips.
The Cygnus capsule is currently under construction and scheduled for its first trip to the ISS in November.
If you want to try and see the rocket launch in Maryland, find an area with a clear view of the southeastern horizon. The rocket should be visible in the southeastern sky approximately three minutes after liftoff in Virginia.
To check on the status of the launch or to watch it live online, visit Space.com’s NASA TV live stream.
NASA’s live coverage will run from 4:00 p.m. until 5:25 p.m.
Watch the Antares rocket make the trek to its launch pad in the video below.