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Articles tagged with: Antares

02 December 2014

Orion: Hard to Get All Tingly Over NASA's New Capsule

Author: Marco A. Cáceres, Drawn From: World Space Systems Briefing

Orion: Hard to Get All Tingly Over NASA's New Capsule

NASA is preparing to launch its new Orion capsule on Thursday, December 4. It will be the first test launch of the spacecraft, which is being billed as kind of a big deal because it represents the agency's first major step toward regaining an inhouse manned spaceflight capability -- something it has not had since the end of the Space Shuttle program in 2011.

30 October 2014

So What's Wrong With 40-Year Old Russian Engines?

Author: Marco A. Cáceres, Drawn From: World Space Systems Briefing

So What's Wrong With 40-Year Old Russian Engines?

The cause of Tuesday's Antares 130 launch failure is not known. The builder and owner of the rocket, Orbital ATK, will lead an investigation of the accident, and it will be assisted by NASA and the FAA. All that is known for sure at this point was tweeted by Orbital ATK: "There has been a vehicle anomaly. The vehicle suffered a catastrophic failure." Uh, yeah. That much seems painfully self-evident.

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