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NASA providing 1st live 360 view of rocket launch

Ramiro Mantilla | 19 Abril, 2017, 07:04

It'll look very different from what we're used to seeing because the camera is posted just 300 feet from the "Atlas 5" rocket which is packed with more than 7,600 pounds of cargo for the crew of the International Space Station.

The immersive video will allow viewers to use their mouse or move their personal device to see every inch of the launch site at Cape Canaveral's Space Launch Complex-41.

Orbital ATK previously bought two Atlas V rides to the space station to fill a gap while Antares was retrofitted with new engines.

In the wake of a spectacular 2014 Antares launch failure, the company chose to replace the booster's Russian-built first-stage engines with more modern engines, also built in Russia.

NASA's Atlas V/Cygnus CRS-7 launch coverage will be broadcast on NASA TV and the NASA launch blog beginning at 10 AM, Tuesday morning.

SpaceX and Boeing are developing new capsules that could fly US astronauts to the space station as early as next year.

"We have a wide range of support equipment that's going to be headed to station to support the science that's up there already, but also to introduce brand-new capabilities", said Tara Ruttley, associate scientist for the ISS program, during a prelaunch news conference at Kennedy Space Center. Among the cargo that will be delivered are four powered mid-deck lockers that carry critical science research experiments for the crew.

One of NASA's most recognized voices will call "Liftoff!" for the final time on NASA TV when the Atlas V and Cygnus set sail.

Prior to re-entry, a third and final experiment will be conducted inside the spacecraft to study how fire burns in space.

Tuesday's successful launch followed a month's delay while United Launch Alliance, a partnership of Lockheed Martin LMT.N and Boeing Co BA.N , resolved a technical issue with the rocket's hydraulic system. Forecasters are predicting a 90 percent chance of acceptable weather Tuesday and Wednesday.

Launch time is set for 07:13 UTC (03:13 EDT), with docking taking place six hours later due to using the abbreviated rendezvous trajectory to the ISS.

But the live 360 stream appeared to completely miss the actual launch itself, with viewers seeing the rocket on the ground a second ago and then a red spot high in the sky.