October 28, 2014

Video: Antares Rocket Crash

Today's launch of the Cygnus spacecraft failed.

More details here.

The mission, Orbital CRS-3, marks the first flight of the upgraded Antares 130 rocket, which features a more powerful second stage to accommodate larger future payloads.

It is also the final flight for the current configuration of Cygnus, with a larger Enhanced Cygnus due to be introduced with the next mission.

This new version will take advantage of the increased capacity of the Antares 130 in order to deliver a greater amount of cargo to the space station.

First flown in April 2013, the launch is overall the fifth flight of Orbitalís Antares rocket which was developed specifically to launch the Cygnus spacecraft.

The introduction of the Antares 130 has been planned since the beginning of the program as Orbital ramp up the rocketís capacity through upgrades to the second stage.

the launch was scrubbed yesterday due to a ship downrange.

Which today we didn't get much downrange.

By Howie at 05:45 PM | Comments |