US rocket launch aborted after tiny craft enters airspace

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The unmanned load boat was about to be launched to a International Space Station (ISS)

A rocket launch in Virginia was aborted during a final impulse when a tiny aircraft flew into limited airspace.

The unmanned load boat was about to be launched en track to a International Space Station (ISS) when goal control called “abort, abort, abort!”.

They had speckled a tiny aircraft drifting in limited airspace during 500ft (150m) nearby Wallops Island.

The launch will be attempted again on Sunday morning during 07:14 EST (12:14 GMT).

The load boat was filled with 7,400 lbs (3,356 kg) of food, supplies, apparatus and scholarship experiments for a ISS.

Orbital ATK, that has a $1.9bn (£1.4bn) agreement with Nasa to resupply a space station, was pity live updates before a launch. At first, a preparations were going smoothly.

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As a time ticked down, it looked as if a ISS would shortly be receiving an sparkling delivery.

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Until, suddenly, this happened.

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Orbital ATK pronounced there were “no issues until an aircraft flew into limited airspace”, adding that they would be “ready to go tomorrow morning”.

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