ANTARES ROCKET LAUNCH SCRUBBED
Oct 2017: The launch of fresh supplies to the International Space Station was delayed due to a sailing ship entering the downward range of the rocket trajectory.
“Boats violating restricted rocket safety zones periodically cause launch delays”.
NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility issued a notice to mariners prior to the launch attempt, but this went unnoticed or unheeded by the vessel.
Vesper Marine’s Guardian solution is now used to protect launches by a space company. Guardian sends automated alerts to vessels prior to the launch, ensuring they receive notifications directly to their navigation systems.