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News Archive / Tagged: Antares

  • Reflections on the launch of OA-5: Waiting

    Jason RhianOctober 25th, 2016

    CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. — The sleepy seaside village of Chincoteague only has a population of about 3,000 and is generally a quiet restful place best known for the wild ponies who reside in the wetlands surrounding NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility. The island’s peaceful nature has been interrupted over the course of the past three years with some fairly dramatic activity.

  • Reflections on the launch of OA-5: Infinite Blue

    Jason RhianOctober 24th, 2016

    WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. — On Monday, Oct. 10, as I sit at Orlando International Airport, I was left wondering which gods I had offended. This was one of only a handful of trips SpaceFlight Insider had opted to undertake in 2016, and it was off to a less than auspicious start.

  • Photo Gallery: Light, shadow and fog – the flight of OA-5

    Jason RhianOctober 23rd, 2016

    WALLOPS FLIGHT FACILITY, Va. — Covering any launch is a challenge for even experienced photojournalists. Throw in a night launch, one shrouded in fog, and that challenge is one only the most skilled professionals would even attempt. SpaceFlight Insider presents – the flight of the S.S. Alan Poindexter atop an Orbital ATK Antares 230.

  • SFI Video: Launch of Antares 230 with S.S. Alan Poindexter Cygnus spacecraft

    Jason RhianOctober 22nd, 2016

    WALLOPS FLIGHT FACILITY, Va. — With mission managers pushing the flight to the very close of a five-minute long launch window, Orbital ATK and NASA launched an Antares 230 rocket from MARS' Pad 0A at 7;45 p.m. EDT (23:45 GMT) on Oct. 17, 2016. SFI captured the entire event on video.

  • Antares lights up Virginian night skies in return-to-flight OA-5 mission

    SpaceFlight InsiderOctober 18th, 2016

    WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. — NASA and Orbital ATK returned the Antares launch vehicle to service on Monday, Oct. 17, with its payload of 5,100 lbs (2,313 kg) of cargo bound for the International Space Station. The rocket lifted off at 7:45 p.m. EDT from Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

  • Antares launch postponed 24 hours

    Derek RichardsonOctober 16th, 2016

    The launch of Orbital ATK's Antares 230 rocket will have to wait another 24 hours. The company announced a ground support equipment cable did not perform as expected during the pre-launch check out.

  • Flame experiments among cargo being sent to ISS with OA-5 Cygnus

    Jason RhianOctober 15th, 2016

    WALLOPS FLIGHT FACILITY, Va. — As members of Orbital ATK made their way to the OA-5 Launch Readiness Review, NASA held a “What’s On Board” briefing on Oct. 15 at the auditorium located at the Visitor Complex at Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

  • With little damage to tracking station, OA-5 set to launch Sunday

    Jason RhianOctober 15th, 2016

    WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. — Dulles, Virginia-based Orbital ATK and NASA are preparing to launch the first of their upgraded Antares-230 rockets from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The mission will mark the return-to-flight of Antares, but it has to have a critical asset survive Mother Nature first before it can take off on Sunday, Oct. 16.

  • Launch of OA-5 Cygnus slips 24 hours

    Jason RhianOctober 10th, 2016

    WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. — Orbital ATK has opted to rescheduled the flight of the OA-5 Cygnus cargo spacecraft on the Antares 230 rocket. The mission had been poised to launch at 9:13 p.m. EDT Oct. 13 (01:13 GMT Oct. 4) from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport's Pad 0A.

  • Orbital ATK targeting Oct. 9–13 for Antares launch

    Derek RichardsonSeptember 20th, 2016

    Orbital ATK is targeting Oct. 9–13 for the launch of the company’s upgraded Antares 230 rocket. Liftoff will occur from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport to send the OA-5 Cygnus spacecraft, called S.S. Alan G. Poindexter, to the International Space Station (ISS).

  • Antares return to flight pushed to October

    Derek RichardsonSeptember 14th, 2016

    According to Space News, at an American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Space 2016 conference in Long Beach, California, Orbital ATK’s director of business development, John Steinmeyer, said on Sept. 13 that the company was looking to launch their Antares rocket in early October – a delay from late September.

  • Antares return to flight targeting late August

    Derek RichardsonJuly 14th, 2016

    Dulles, Virginia-based Orbital ATK is targeting August 22, 2016, for the return to flight of the company's Antares rocket. This redesigned "Enhanced" booster will launch the next Cygnus cargo ship, the S.S. Alan Poindexter, to resupply the International Space Station (ISS).

  • Orbital ATK eyeing August launch of ‘Enhanced’ Antares

    Jason RhianJune 18th, 2016

    Orbital ATK is working toward returning the company's Antares 230 rocket to conduct the first flight of the newly re-engined Antares 230 launch vehicle sometime in August. The flight was slated to take place from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Regional Spaceport's (MARS) Pad-0A.

  • Orbital ATK conducts ‘hot fire’ test of upgraded Antares booster

    Derek RichardsonMay 31st, 2016

    A “hot fire” test of Orbital ATK’s upgraded Antares rocket was conducted today, May 31, in advance of the booster’s return to flight later this summer. The test occurred at 5:30 p.m. EDT (21:30 GMT) at Virginia Space’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) Pad 0A.

  • Antares static test fire slated for NET May 31

    Jason RhianMay 28th, 2016

    Orbital ATK and NASA are planning on conducting a static test fire of the Antares 230 rocket's first stage on May 31 at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport's Pad-0A at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility located in Virginia. The test of the two RD-181 rocket engines in the launch vehicle's first stage will take 3 hours and 15 minutes.