Wind delays supplies, biology experiments to space station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — High winds delayed Northrop Grumman’s supply run to the International Space Station on Friday, which includes a multimillion dollar mobile space lab designed and largely fabricated in Kahului.

The weather was OK at the launch pad on Wallops Island, Va., but upper-level winds exceeded safety limits. The company will try again at 3:21 p.m. today.

It will be Northrop Grumman’s third attempt in under a week to launch its Antares rocket with a Cygnus capsule on top. Sunday’s try was interrupted by pad equipment concerns, then bad weather moved in.

The delivery includes nearly 4 tons of experiments and gear, including a tissue and cell culturing facility, which can perform biology experiments in space without crew monitoring for as long as a month — designed by SCORPIO-V, the biological sciences division of HNu Photonics, based in Kahului.


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