Space station launch set in Virginia, 2 years after blast

NORFOLK, VA. - Space company Orbital ATK is returning to Virginia to send a load of supplies to the International Space Station, two years after a launch explosion.

A planned nighttime launch from Wallops Island on Virginia's Eastern Shore this weekend will be visible along parts of the East Coast if skies are clear. Liftoff is scheduled for 8:03 p.m. Sunday.

The mission is to put the state-owned launch pad back into business. It's been idle since the 2014 rocket explosion that caused about $15 million in damage.

The Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority owns and operates the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on an island that NASA uses to launch small research rockets. Most of those launches are suborbital, and they've continued.

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Associated Press staff writer Steve McMillan contributed to this report.

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