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Update: Three suborbital rockets launch from Wallops Island

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Posted at 10:34 AM, Jan 13, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-15 09:33:49-05

Update: Three Terrier-Orion suborbital rockets launched from Wallops Island early this morning for the Department of Defense. The rockets were launched within a 20-second period that began at 4:09 a.m. EST.

The next launches currently scheduled from Wallops are a NASA suborbital sounding rocket in late April and Orbital Sciences Corporation’s Antares rocket, tentatively scheduled for May 1.

Wallops Island, Va. – Three Terrier-Orion suborbital rockets are scheduled for launch between 1 and 5 a.m. from Wallops Island on Tuesday morning.

The rockets, which will be launched within a 20-second period for the Department of Defense, may be visible to residents in the mid-Atlantic region.

Antares rocket launches from Wallops Island

At the request of the Defense Department, the launch will not be shown live, and no updates will be provided on social media once the countdown begins.

The NASA Visitor Center at Wallops will not be open for viewing the launch.

The backup launch days are January 15 through 18.