November 26, 2022

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The Northrop Grumman Antares NG-18 rocket on the launch pad at Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on Nov. 6, 2022.

Ground-based fire alarm delays Northrop Grumman cargo launch to space station

A Northrop Grumman rocket carrying more than 4 tons of supplies to the International Space Station will have to wait at least a day for launch after a fire alarm at its mission control center thwarted its takeoff early Sunday (November 6).

The Antares rocket was about 10 minutes away from the planned 5:50 a.m. EDT (1050 GMT) liftoff from NASA. Wallops Flight Facility On Wallops Island, Virginia, when Northrop Grumman Flight canceled. A fire alarm at the company’s control center in nearby Dallas, Virginia, forced the evacuation of the building, preventing launch controllers from passing through the launch.