Orbital Sciences Corporation confirms that today’s Antares rocket launch from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility was not successful. Shortly after lift-off from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad 0A at 6:22 p.m. (EDT), the vehicle suffered a catastrophic failure. According to NASA’s emergency operations officials, there were no casualties and property damage was limited to the south end of Wallops Island. Orbital has formed an anomaly investigation board, which will work in close coordination with all appropriate government agencies, to determine the cause of today’s mishap.“It is far too early to know the details of what happened,” said Mr. Frank Culbertson, Orbital’s Executive Vice President and General Manager of its Advanced Programs Group.“As we begin to gather information, our primary concern lies with the ongoing safety and security of those involved in our response and recovery operations. We will conduct a thorough investigation immediately to determine the cause of this failure and what steps can be taken to avoid a repeat of this incident. As soon as we understand the cause we will begin the necessary work to return to flight to support our customers and the nation’s space program.”Orbital will provide more information as it becomes available and is verified. __________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter and breaking news alerts“Like” us on Facebook Alison Miles, Dan Loggi, Lauren Bowersock and Kristine Redmond are among a team of six that crafted a science experiment the will test the effects of microgravity on e. coli aboard the International Space Station.An unmanned rocket that was to carry a science experiment designed by Ocean City High School students to the International Space Station exploded in a fireball seconds after liftoff on Tuesday evening.See video and read more about the explosion on NPR: Unmanned Antares Rocket Explodes Shortly After Takeoff.Read more about the OCHS experiment and the science education program that allowed them to participate: OCHS Experiment Rocketing Into Space.The students who created the experiment — Lauren Bowersock, Mercy Griffith, Kristine Redmond, Daniel Loggi, Kaitland Wriggins and Alison Miles — were at the NASA facility in Wallops Island, Va., to witness the accident.They were in a safe viewing area during liftoff and were asked to leave the facility after the accident, according to Schools Superintendent Kathleen Taylor, who is with the students returning to Ocean City on a bus early on Tuesday evening.“We’re shocked,” Taylor said.It is not known yet if their experiment will get another chance to rocket into space.The private company responsible for the rocket launch released the following statement on Tuesday night:
Nashville band The Delta Saints recently released a special edition of their album Bones with Loud & Proud Records, packaging the acclaimed 2015 release with six bonus tracks, including three b-sides and three live versions of album tracks, that were recorded during the filming of live performance music videos at Downtown Presbyterian Church in Nashville. The Delta Saints have been garnering praise for a sound that is all their own, but with hints of My Morning Jacket, The Black Keys and The White Stripes thrown in for good measure. They even received an stellar endorsement from the legendary Chrissie Hynde, who was a guest on Bravo’s “Watch What Happen Live” last year and told a caller that she saw The Delta Saints play Akron, OH, that they are a “great band” and suggested that people buy Bones – watch HERE. With the new special edition of Bones, the band has been releasing accompanying videos in support of the new release. Singer Ben Ringel tells us about the third and final video in the series, for the song “Dust.” Says Ringel, “Dust is the third and final chapter of our Live at 5th & Church video series… our videographer Tim Duggan had a vision for us all standing back up against a wall and having the cameras just moving left and right, really just trying to catch the right moments. We tracked the song live so what you’re hearing and seeing was played in real time, which made Tim’s job a bit tricky.”Watch the premiere of “Dust,” streaming below.Ringel tells us more about “Dust,” saying “The story for Dust came about after a conversation that I had with my grandfather about his childhood. He was a young boy living on his family’s farm in Kansas during the dust bowl. They used to sit and watch the mid-day sky turn black from mountains of dust being moved across the plains. I imagine back then it was a bit of a harrowing religious experience that no one could explain.” The down-home nature of the song shines through with every note.The Delta Saints have spent the last nine years playing festivals and selling out headline shows in the U.S. and across Europe, averaging about 200 shows per year, organically growing their audience all the while. They have performed at several festivals in the U.S. including Summer Camp, Harvest, The Ride, Summerfest, Wakarusa and The Simple Man Cruise. After just returning from a European tour, the band will hit the road throughout the U.S. with a major summer tour, beginning on August 17th. Check out the band’s full tour schedule below, and head here for more information about the group! Purchase the Bones special edition through iTunes now.The Delta Saints U.S. Tour ScheduleAug 17 – Pour House in Raleigh, NC Aug 18 – Clementine Café in Harrisonburg, VA Aug 19 – Mercury Lounge in New York, NY Aug 20 – Milkboy in Philadelphia, PA Aug 21 – The Hamilton in Washington, DC Aug 22 – Club Café in Pittsburgh, PA Aug 24 – Rumba Café in Columbus, OH Aug 25 – Beat Kitchen in Chicago, IL Aug 26 – Duck Room @ Blueberry Hill in University City, MO Aug 27 – Jackpot Music Hall in Lawrence, KS Aug 31 – Black Sheep in Colorado Springs, CO Sep 01 – Marquis Theatre in Denver, CO Sep 03 – New Belgium Tour De Fat in Fort Collins, CO Sep 09 – Black Swamp Arts Festival in Bowling Green, OHSep 10 – Zanzabar in Louisville, KY
Expo officials cite costs and weather as reasonsESSEX JUNCTION, Vt. After two years of less-than perfect conditions for flying, officials at Champlain Valley Exposition announced it will not hold the Vermont Balloon and Music Festival.The annual event, traditionally held the first weekend of June, began in 2003 and featured about 40 hot-air balloons, a carnival, specialty vendors and concerts at 130-acre Champlain Valley Exposition. The first two years saw nearly perfect weather and many memorable hot-air balloon launches, concerts and a balloon-glow that the balloonists themselves described as one of the best ever. However, in 2006 and again last year, unsettled weather conditions during the three-day festival kept the balloons grounded more times than not and weekend attendance suffered. We just were not able to catch a break on the weather last year, said Tom Oddy, Director of Special Events for the Exposition. Hot-air balloons need clear skies and calm winds just after sunrise and just before sunset to safely launch.Despite our best efforts — and the support of some great presenting partners and sponsors — what people really wanted to experience at the festival was seeing the colorful hot-air balloons and special shape balloons, inflate, take off and fly, Oddy said.Despite the cancellation of the Vermont Balloon and Music Festival, hot-air ballooning enthusiasts still have several opportunities in the region to see the balloons fly: Quechee (Vt.) Balloon and Craft Festival on June 13-15; Stoweflake Hot Air Balloon Festival in Stowe on July 11-13; and The International Balloon Festival at Saint Jean-Sur-Richelieu in Quebec on Aug. 9-17. We know Vermonters and especially our neighbors in Chittenden County love to see the balloon floating over their neighborhoods, so we are talking with several of Vermonts local hot-air balloon pilots about incorporating a launch or two into the Fairs schedule this year, according to Champlain Valley Exposition General Manager David F. Grimm. A local balloonist flew over the Fair as the sunset last year and it was a beautiful sight. Its one we hope to repeat again this August.For more information about the upcoming 2008 events at Champlain Valley Exposition, visit www.cvexpo.org(link is external) and sign up for the free online newsletter to get early concert announcements, special discount offers and advance tickets.
“I think Stephen is reflective of that quality – he’s No 1 contender for a reason. He earned it. He’s not a joke or a political situation – he earned the right to fight Pedraza.“I think every British fighter out there fighting for a title is dangerous because they’re all watching what’s going on around them. It’s like a British boxing revolution. It’s pretty amazing what you guys are doing over there.“Stephen thinks he can win and he’s here to win. You guys are hot. Right now, there is no country in the world hotter than Great Britain. You have more world champions than any place else.“You have a Brit fighting for a world title and it’s one of the Smith brothers. It’s one of the great fighting families to ever come out of the UK with a 154lb champ, a 168lb European champ, a world title contender and now ‘Swifty trying to win a world title against Jose Pedraza.“It’s a terrific match-up. He’s a legitimate No 1 contender and is trying to bring another championship back to Great Britain, to Liverpool and to his family. I think people should tune in because that’s a great fight.”Also on the bill is a potential future opponent for Wales’ IBF featherweight king Lee Selby – WBC holder Gary Russell Jr (26-1-KO15), who fights Ireland’s Patrick Hyland (31-1-KO15)DiBella added: “I’m sure you guys can root for a guy from Ireland, too, in Patrick Hyland.“He’s had an amazingly difficult year, is a really inspirational young man. He’s got his hands full with one of the fastest, most athletic champions in boxing in Gary Russell Jr.“Patrick is going to bring the fight. He has a lot to be fighting for. He’s focused. Everything he has, he’s going to be laying out there. When you have those kind of matches, you want to be staying up and watching them.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram American promoter Lou DiBella has admitted British boxing rules the world ahead of today’s clash between Jose Pedraza and Stephen Smith.Smith (23-1-KO13) can swell Britain’s total of world champions to 13 if he dethrones IBF super-featherweight champion Pedraza (21-0-KO12) in Connecticut, live on Sky Sports.DiBella told Sky Sports: “The quality of British boxing right now is, I think at an all-time high.