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Orbital Antares rocket makes test flight

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fredymac said:
Well after about a year they're getting close to trying another launch. Here is the promo for the Cygnus cargo vehicle being prepared.

No, this is for an Atlas V launch and not Antares
 

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Byeman said:
fredymac said:
Well after about a year they're getting close to trying another launch. Here is the promo for the Cygnus cargo vehicle being prepared.

No, this is for an Atlas V launch and not Antares

I stand corrected. I didn't read far enough into the article to note that Orbital has purchased 2 Atlas V launchers while they go through the process of qualifying a new engine for Antares. I was under the assumption that they were simply fixing the problem on the existing engine and continuing to use them. I would guess they are still obligated to charge NASA at the Antares/Cygnus price level.


The shipment comes nearly one year after Orbital ATK’s last space station supply flight crashed seconds after liftoff from Wallops Island, Virginia, aboard the company’s own Antares booster. Orbital ATK engineers blame the failure on one of the Antares main engines, and officials purchased two Atlas 5 rockets from United Launch Alliance to keep the Cygnus missions flying while a new engine model is added to the Antares.
 

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http://www.space.com/31278-cygnus-spacecraft-launch-orbital-atk-return-to-flight.html
 

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=prHddcCBRbI
http://gizmodo.com/cygnus-has-safely-made-it-to-the-iss-1747048063​
 

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http://gizmodo.com/cygnus-is-the-cutest-of-the-space-station-cargo-craft-1755079722​
 

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http://www.space.com/31929-mold-contamination-delays-orbital-atk-cargo-flight-to-iss.html
 

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http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Dragon_and_Cygnus_To_Meet_For_First_Time_In_Space_999.html
 

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http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/ULA_to_name_cause_of_Atlas_V_early_booster_shutdown_in_week_999.html
 

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Looks like they are getting ready to try another Antares launch this time using Russian RD-181 engines:

"Orbital ATK ordered RD-181 engines from Russia’s NPO Energomash, the builder of the Atlas 5 rocket’s RD-180 engine, in the wake of a catastrophic launch failure moments after a liftoff from Virginia in October 2014. The Antares rocket crashed near the Antares launch pad, toppling two of the facility’s lightning protection towers and carving a huge crater just northeast of pad 0A’s elevated launch mount."

No word from McCain so far.

Launch is targeting the July timeframe. Full story here: https://spaceflightnow.com/2016/05/09/key-return-to-flight-milestone-looms-for-antares-rocket/
 

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fredymac said:
No word from McCain so far.
Maybe the batteries died on his Clapper.
 

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The Antares isn't doing national security payloads, so McCranky doesn't have much say in it.
 

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvXuEDLHxfk
 

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http://www.space.com/33207-antares-rocket-return-to-flight-launch-delay-likely.html
 

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http://www.space.com/20526-antares-rocket-cygnus-spacecraft-explained.html

http://www.space.com/34394-orbital-atk-antares-rocket-return-to-flight.html
http://www.space.com/34400-antares-rocket-launch-glitch-delay.html
 

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Was supposed to launch today (Sunday). Delayed 24 hours to Monday.
 

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T-32, NASA-TV livestream here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UdmHHpAsMVw
 

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NASA has awarded Northrop Grumman $187 million to design the habitat module for the space agency's lunar Gateway, a planned moon-orbiting space station for astronauts.

We learned last year that NASA had tapped Virginia-based Northrop Grumman to build Gateway's pressurized crew cabin, called the habitation and logistics outpost (HALO). The company will base HALO on its Cygnus spacecraft, which has been flying contracted robotic cargo missions to the International Space Station for NASA since 2014.

On Friday (June 5), the space agency announced some terms of the deal: Northrop Grumman will receive $187 million to fund HALO's design through a key milestone called preliminary design review, which is expected to be complete by the end of this year.

"This contract award is another significant milestone in our plan to build robust and sustainable lunar operations," NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a statement. "The Gateway is a key component of NASA’s long-term Artemis architecture, and the HALO capability furthers our plans for human exploration at the moon in preparation for future human missions to Mars."
Orion will provide life support for astronauts aboard the Gateway, along with HALO, which will provide about as much living space as a small studio apartment.
 
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