Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Most Ridiculous Launch Scrub Ever

So, Orbital Sciences was supposed to be launching an Antares from Wallop yesterday.

Why not?

Because some schmuck was down range in a sailboat. Said schmuck was not responding to hails.

Wallops enforces, with the support of the U.S. Coast Guard and Virginia Marine Police, a no-sail zone downrange of the launch site - for the safety of boaters in case something goes wrong. It's quite likely the wayward boater will be fined.

I personally hope his name doesn't come out, or his social media accounts are likely to receive a deluge of nastygrams...

(And really, who ignores stuff like that?)