Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Orbital Back in Orbit

Click the arrow to watch the launch of Orbital OA-5 to the ISS. Video source: NASA YouTube channel.

Almost two years after its first version of Antares exploded on launch, Orbital ATK returned to flight at the Mid-Atlantic Spaceport with the launch last night of the company's Cygnus cargo ship to the International Space Station.

The Orbital OA-5 mission was the first launch of the remodeled Antares booster. The original Antares used refurbished Soviet-era engines. The new version uses Russian RD-181 engines, a variant of the RD-180 used by the United Launch Alliance Atlas V.

After the October 28, 2014 accident, Orbital contracted with ULA to launch the Cygnus atop the Atlas V on two missions from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, so as to honor their delivery contract with NASA.

Click the arrow to watch the OA-5 post-launch media briefing. Video source: NASA YouTube channel.

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