[FPSPACE] Update on Antares launch failure..

Peter Pesavento pjp961 at svol.net
Wed Nov 5 10:30:01 EST 2014

Perhaps the end of the N-1 rocket engine legacy?


Associated Press (via colleague CP Vick):


Orbital Sciences 'likely' to stop using type of engines utilized in crashed

Posted: Wednesday, November 5, 2014 8:26 am 

Associated Press |


NEW YORK - Orbital Sciences says it will likely stop using the type of
engines that were employed when its unmanned Antares commercial supply
rocket bound for the International Space Station exploded moments after
liftoff last week.

The company says its investigation of the crash is continuing, but
preliminary results point to a failure in one of its two main engines.
Orbital says it still plans to fulfill its contract with NASA to deliver all
remaining cargo to the Space Station by the end of 2016.

Orbital Sciences Corp., based in Dulles, Virginia, says there will be no
cost increase for NASA. It will introduce an already-planned upgrade to the
Antares propulsion system early in 2016.

Orbital doesn't expect costs related to the accident to be material in 2015.



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