A Search for Answers After Antares Rocket Explodes During Liftoff

A Search for Answers After Antares Rocket Explodes During Liftoff

Marco Caceres, the director of space studies for the Teal Group, an aerospace industry analysis firm, predicted Wednesday that the launch failure would inevitably lead to "Monday morning quarterbacking" from "people within Congress and the space industry who continue to believe that NASA should continue to own, manage and operate its own launch vehicle instead of leasing launch services from private companies."

But, Caceres said in an e-mail: "The reality is that catastrophic launch failures like the one we saw yesterday have little to do with whether it's a private company managing things or NASA. NASA has had its share of horrendous failures — both in terms of launch vehicles and satellites. The idea that the government is inherently better suited for spaceflight is a myth."

Tags Aerojet Rocketdyne, Antares, Launch Failure, NK-33, Orbital ATK Media Outlet: The Washington Post Featured Analyst Marco A. Caceres

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