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  • How does Northrop Grumman secure Antares during powerful storms?

    Jason RhianNovember 15th, 2018

    WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. -- A powerful "Nor'easter" storm that is hanging off the Atlantic Coast has caused mission managers to push back the flight an additional day. What does Northrop Grumman have in place to handle turbulent weather such as this one?

  • UPDATE: Northrop Grumman preps S.S. John Young for flight to ISS

    Michael ColeNovember 14th, 2018

    The next Cygnus spacecraft is set to launch from Virginia with supplies, experiments and equipment bound for the space station's Expedition 57 crew.

  • GALLERY: Orbital ATK Antares rocket launches OA-9 Cygnus spacecraft

    Jason RhianMay 23rd, 2018

    WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. — Launching into the early-morning skies from the central part of the U.S. East Coast, Orbital ATK's Antares rocket orbited the company's OA-9 Cygnus cargo spacecraft on a mission to resupply the International Space Station.

  • Insider Exclusive: America’s ‘Booster Belt’ – Part One

    Jason RhianNovember 20th, 2017

    IUKA, Miss. -- We only knew that we were traveling to see where rocket components and rockets were made - and little else. SpaceFlight Insider photographer, Vikash Mahadeo, who accompanied me on our week-long foray to several rocket manufacturing facilities along with myself were as prepared as we could be - but we had no idea what to expect. What followed was an experience that would redefine the way we looked at space flight.

  • SFI LIVE: Orbital ATK Antares with OA-8 Cygnus

    Jason RhianNovember 11th, 2017

    WALLOPS ISLAND, Va., -- NASA and Orbital ATK are planning to launch the S.S. Gene Cernan, OA-8 Cygnus spacecraft to the International Space Station atop an Antares 230 rocket from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport's Pad 0A sometime in a five minute long launch window that opens at 7:37 a.m. EST on Saturday, Nov. 11. SpaceFlight Insider's exclusive Live Show will begin at 7 a.m. EST.

  • Astronomers create best ever image of star outside our Solar System

    Laurel KornfeldAugust 27th, 2017

    A map of activity on the surface and in the atmosphere of the star Antares by a team of astronomers is considered to be the most detailed ever created for a star other than the Sun. The red supergiant is located some 550 light-years distant in the constellation Scorpius and is in its final stages of its existence. It will eventually die in a supernova explosion.

  • Reflections on the launch of OA-5: Remembering

    Jason RhianOctober 30th, 2016

    ABOVE PHILADELPHIA, Penn. — It was a trip meant to last about four days. When all was said and done, nine had elapsed. As most of us are aware, travel in the post-9-11 world is not what one would describe as “fun", and covering the return-to-flight of Antares had been an interesting challenge.

  • 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.