- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - Despite a massive explosion in October, authorities say a state-owned launch pad at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility should be repaired and ready for testing late next year.

Orbital Sciences’ Antares rocket exploded seconds after liftoff on Oct. 28. The rocket was carrying a cargo ship was bound for the International Space Station.

The Virginia Commercial Spaceflight Authority provided media outlets a tour of the launch pad damage Wednesday. Two lightning towers were knocked down by the blast, while the two others were heavily damaged. A water tower next to the launch pad has some charring and had exterior lighting damaged. A large crater was created next to the launch pad and is undergoing environmental remediation.

Two nearby buildings scheduled to be removed prior to the explosion were also damaged.


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