UPDATED: April 21 5:24 p.m. A commercial cargo spacecraft launched successfully from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility at 5 p.m. eastern time Sunday. It placed a dummy payload in orbit and deployed several micro satellites running Google’s Android operating system.

The launch of the Orbital Science Corporation’s Antares rocket should have been visible from South Carolina all the way to Portland, Maine, but the sun’s position likely blocked anyone from Connecticut seeing it. CTTechJunkie and many other watchers on the Connecticut shoreline could not see it during the period of time it should have been visible.

Orbital Sciences Corporation employee Carlos Niederstrasser posted a Google Earth KML file to help rocket watchers project where to look in the sky when the rocket lifts off. It might be a helpful tool for future launches that take place in the evening or early morning as the rocket will likely follow the same path to the International Space Station.

Orbital Sciences Corporation is one of two companies to win an International Space Station cargo delivery contract from NASA. The 18-minute mission will deliver a test cargo container to orbit but will not dock with the station. Competing provider SpaceX has now successfully completed three cargo delivery missions to the station.

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Lon Seidman is the host and producer of “Lon.TV,” a consumer technology video show that is on a number of platforms including YouTube and Amazon. He creates in-depth, consumer-friendly product reviews and commentary. His YouTube channel has over 300,000 subscribers and more than 100 million views.

In addition to being a full-time content creator, Lon is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Hartford (his alma mater) where he teaches a course in entrepreneurial content creation.

Prior to becoming a full-time creator, Lon was a partner at The Safety Zone, his family’s business that manufactures gloves and safety equipment. The company has locations around the globe and employs over 200 people worldwide. The Safety Zone was acquired by the Genuine Parts Corporation in 2016.

Lon is also active in public service, serving as the Chairman of the Essex Board of Education, a member of the Region 4 Board of Education, and as the Secretary / Treasurer of the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education. He was endorsed by both Democrats and Republicans for his re-election in 2021.

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