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Nasa supplies delayed by Nicole

Hurricane Nicole is not only forcing business closures and flight cancellations, it is affecting the International Space Station as well.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration said that the next resupply trip to the space station has had to be postponed until Sunday at the earliest because it has to prepare its tracking station on Cooper’s Island for the incoming hurricane.

Nicole is expected to reach the island tomorrow as a Category 2 hurricane and could interfere with key equipment used to assist with the launch.

Orbital ATK was initially set for launch tomorrow, but will now send its unmanned Cygnus cargo ship carrying about 5,100 pounds of supplies, no earlier than Sunday, from Wallops Island, Virginia.

“The ability to support a launch will depend on the impact the storm has on not only our systems, but also the overall Bermuda infrastructure,” said Steven Kremer, chief of the Wallops Range and Mission Management Office.

Once the storm has passed Bermuda experts will assess the damage and see if any steps are needed to make the site operational again.