Apr 17, 2013 5:58 PM by JD Downing

East Coast test rocket launch scrubbed

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - A commercial company contracted by NASA to make supply runs to the International Space Station has scrubbed a planned test rocket launch Wednesday.

The unmanned Antares rocket had been scheduled for liftoff Wednesday afternoon from Wallops Island on Virginia's Eastern Shore. Plans were paused minutes before a 5 p.m. window for liftoff was to open.

Officials gave no immediately details for scrubbing the launch.

The planned launch by Dulles-based Orbital Sciences Corp. was designed to test whether a practice payload could reach orbit and safely separate from the rocket.

Orbital, based near Washinton, D.C., is one of two private companies contracted to restock the space station by NASA, which ended its shuttle program in 2011. California-based SpaceX completed its third supply run to the station last month.


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