Dec 21 2015

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MARS on track for 31 May 2016 launch

No, not THAT Mars, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS): Orbital ATK Shows Off Repaired Launch Pad and Antares Rocket Hardware for Return to Flight.

According to Nash, the launch pad is now flight ready and his team could support a launch with only a few weeks notice. Repairs have been made to the ablative material inside the flame trench after the first hot-fire in 2013 and five subsequent launches took their toll. Having a fresh layer of insulation will be essential for the upcoming hot-fire test.

They’re looking at a hot-fire test in March.

Being from Virginia originally, I’ve always been a big fan of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport. I’m pleased to see them get back up and running so quickly.

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