All is looking good for the launch of the Antares rocket at Wallops at 4:46 this afternoon. The countdown is currently underway. Wallops and Virginia’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport are set to support the launch of the Antares rocket, carrying the company’s Cygnus cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station.
According to NASA, the weather forecast is 95% favorable for the launch. An area of high pressure will force a cold front south over the northern Eastern Shore today. Once the front moves through, winds will shift to an east-northeasterly direction and increase with wind gusts in the upper teens while advecting scattered low-level cloudiness across the range. Upper level cloudiness will also be increasing during the afternoon as a weak upper-level disturbance approaches the Eastern Shore.
According to the Accomack County Department of Public Safety, Arbuckle Neck Road will close to non-residents today at 2:00 p.m.
The NASA Visitor Center at Wallops will open at noon for launch viewing. Additional locations for catching the launch are Robert Reed Park on Chincoteague Island or Beach Road spanning the area between Chincoteague and Assateague Islands. The beach at the Assateague Island National Seashore/Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge will not be open during the launch.
Visitors are reminded that alcohol, pets and firearms are not allowed on the NASA Visitor Center grounds. Also, because of limited parking, over-size vehicles such as campers and recreational vehicles will not be able to park on the Visitor Center grounds.
103.3 FM WESR will carry live the audio from the launch, so be sure to tune in the Shore’s radio station while viewing for updates. You can also stream our coverage at ShoreDailyNews.com or on the Eastern Shore Radio App.