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Northrup Grumman’s Antares set for its swan music launch

Northrup Grumman’s Antares set for its swan music launch


Later this night at 8:31 p.m. ET (00:31 UTC on the 2nd), the Northrup Grumman Antares 230+ rocket is scheduled to launch its remaining resupply mission to the Worldwide Area Station.

The rocket will elevate off from Launch Pad 0 on the Mid Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island in Virginia, carrying the Cygnus cargo automobile. Cygnus might be loaded with 8,200 lbs (3,719 kg) of provides and experiments for the orbiting outpost.

The Ukrainian-built Antares launch automobile has solely been used to launch resupply missions to the ISS since its debut launch in April 2013, then owned by Orbital Sciences. Since its debut, it has had one failure and, in consequence, underwent its first improve.

The primary model of the rocket used NK-33 engines constructed by the Soviet Union within the Nineteen Seventies, the engines had been then purchased by Aerojet-Rocketdyne and modified to be used on the Antares rocket. The engines had been renamed the AJ-26.

Antares explodes shortly after lift-off on fifth flight (Credit score: NASA)

On the rocket’s fifth mission, a type of engines failed in spectacular trend when a liquid oxygen turbopump with manufacturing defects failed 6 seconds after liftoff, inflicting Antares to fall again down onto the launch pad and explode.

This set off a sequence of occasions for U.S. launch suppliers as america banned additional buying of Russian-made engines in December 2014, a choice that was altered only a yr later to accommodate United Launch Alliance, whose Atlas V rocket makes use of Russian-made RD-180 engines.

Following the failure, Antares was converted to utilizing the RD-181 engines and thus creating the following Antares variant, the 230 sequence of the rocket. This model would go on to launch 12 extra occasions earlier than the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and the ensuing sanctions in opposition to Russia pressured Northrup Grumman to finish its reliability on the Ukrainian-built first stage and Russian engines.

In August 2022, Northrup Grumman introduced they’d contracted Firefly Aerospace to provide a brand new medium-lift rocket for the corporate that might be known as the Antares 330. The 330 sequence will use 7 Miranda engines from the corporate. The 330 sequence higher stage would be the Castor 30XL solid-fueled rocket motor, with later variations utilizing a vacuum-optimized Miranda engine to supply additional efficiency.

Miranda rocket engine check (Credit score Firefly Aerospace)

Whereas the Antares 330 rocket is being designed and constructed, Northrup Grumman has contracted SpaceX to launch 3 Cygnus resupply missions with a view to fulfill their contract with NASA.

Northrup Grumman has mentioned they count on to have the ability to launch the Antares 330 by Summer time 2025.

The present climate outlook exhibits an 80% probability of acceptable circumstances at lift-off. NASA will host a stay stream of the launch on its YouTube web page.

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Northrup Grumman’s Antares set for its swan music launch



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