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  • 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).

  • NASA: AJ26 turbopump likely to blame for loss of Orb-3 Antares

    Jason RhianNovember 7th, 2015

    NASA has released its findings on the Oct. 28, 2014, loss of an Orbital ATK Antares rocket and the Cygnus spacecraft it carried. The cause of the accident has been debated between Orbital and the supplier of the two AJ26 rocket engines that were used in Antares' first stage – Aerojet Rocketdyne. That debate appears to have been put to rest.

  • No financial help coming from Aerojet Rocketdyne for Pad 0A cleanup

    Joe LatrellMay 19th, 2015

    It appears that Aerojet Rocketdyne, the manufacturer of the AJ26 rocket engine, will not be providing financial assistance for repairs to Pad 0A at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility’s Mid-Atlantic Spaceport’s (MARS). These repairs become necessary after an Orbital ATK Antares exploded approximately twelve seconds into flight on Oct. 28, 2014.

  • Antares, Vulcan: Tough times ahead for Aerojet Rocketdyne

    Jason RhianApril 22nd, 2015

    When the Antares booster lifted off on October 28, 2014, under Orbital ATK’s third operational cargo resupply flight to the International Space Station (ISS), it seemed like the concept to fly critical supplies and experiments to the ISS using 40-year-old Russian-built engines had been validated. Twelve seconds later, that perception changed as the rocket and its […]

  • Wallops Island to receive $20 million from federal budget to repair damaged the MARS Pad 0A

    J.D. TaylorDecember 12th, 2014

    The October explosion of the Orbital Science ORB-3 resupply mission rocket destined to the International Space Station caused an estimated $20 million in damage to the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport’s (MARS) Pad 0A. It was not clear where the funding would come from to repair the damage. The state Virginia had stated that they did not […]

  • NASA details Orbital’s requirements to complete CRS contract

    Jason RhianNovember 18th, 2014

    SpaceFlight Insider asked NASA to provide specifics as to what is next for Dulles, Virginia-based Orbital Sciences Corporation in terms of the $1.9 billion contract that the aerospace firm has with the space agency. It was unclear under the original phrasing of what was required of Orbital if the company still had six flights left […]