CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - The launch of NASA’s Orion deep-space capsule for a test flight around Earth was delayed on Thursday due to gusty winds at the launch site.
Liftoff of the United Launch Alliance Delta 4 Heavy rocket and Orion capsule from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida had been targeted for 7:05 a.m. EST.
If the launch cannot take place by 9:44 a.m. EST, it could be rescheduled for Friday.
“There is high optimism that we’ll be able to launch today,” said NASA launch commentator Michael Curie.
Launch was delayed first by a boat that wandered in the restricted zone beneath the rocket’s intended flight path and then by gusty winds at the seaside spaceport.
(Reporting by Irene Klotz, Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)