[Update 3] Last week we heard that Orbital ATK was successful in launched the Antares rocket to the ISS for the first time in two years.

Today that story has been updated as NASA has revealed that the International Space Station (ISS) has received the supplies that the Antares was delivering.

Here’s the tweet from NASA that revealed more:

[Update 2] Two years since Orbital ATK’s Antares rocket exploded on its way to the International Space Station (ISS), Orbital has successfully returned to flight, lifting off from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virgina yesterday and making its way to the ISS.

The Antares is now on its way to deliver the Cygnus spacecraft along with its more than 5,000 pounds of cargo, ready to provide the ISS’ crew members with various supplies and tools for experiments.

NASA tweeted a GIF of the launch which you can check out below:

Orbital ATK also kept their Twitter feed updated with the following tweets:

We will update you over time as this launch develops, it’s certainly awesome to see Orbital finally succeed once again.

[Update 1] Earlier today we were expecting to see the launch of Orbital ATK’s Antares rocket, set to happen after two years of hiatus, it was something that we were looking forward to. Sadly that launch isn’t going to happen today.

NASA has just announced that the launch will be postponed until October 17th at 7:40PM EDT due to a ground support equipment (GSE) cable that did not perform as expected during the pre-launch check out.” We will update you with more news as we hear it.

In the meantime, you can read NASA’s announcement here.

[Original Story] Nearly two years after their last attempt failed, Orbital ATK is set to launch their Antares rocket again.

The launch comes after the rocket exploded nearly two years ago, in which time Orbital has conducted a number of upgrades to the Antares rocket, hoping that it will not explode this time.

Today they will be launching the Antares to the International Space Station for NASA, in which they will be delivering food, supplies, and some science experiments to the crew of the ISS, which will be delivered via Orbital’s Cygnus cargo capsule.

Many of the included experiments will be based on testing how fires burn at low temperatures in microgravity.

NASA hopes to use these experiments to develop new space propulsion systems, so this launch could be a very important one.

The Antares is scheduled to be launched from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia later today at 8:03PM ET (1:03AM BST Monday), you can watch the live stream of the launch below.



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