The rocket is scheduled to launch between 7 and 10 a.m. Thursday from the Wallops Island Flight Facility.
The rocket will be carrying several new technologies to test. One is called an electrohydrodynamic-based thermal control unit. This technology is intended to be a more efficient way to remove heat from small spaces -- critical for space instruments and processors that could fail because of overheating.
The rocket will also be carrying a microsatellite measuring 16 inches in diameter. It was designed at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. to give scientists less expensive access to space.
Virginia's attorney general Ken Cuccinelli will face former Democratic National Committee chairman Terry McAuliffe in November to become Virginia's 72nd governor.