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.

Posted by: Howie at 05:45 PM


1 The only thing I have to say is that I hope we learn something new. I hate seeing people make the same stupid mistakes over and over.

Posted by: gork at October 28, 2014 06:38 PM

2 Greetings:

Now that's the kind of outreach to Muslims I could go along with.

Posted by: 11B40 at October 28, 2014 06:54 PM

3 Best comment I read this evening: Oh, Crap! Lois Lerner's hard drive was in that cargo!

Posted by: gork at October 28, 2014 06:57 PM

4 Cygnus eh. So, that would be a Dying Swan now then?

Posted by: The Realist of Qld at October 28, 2014 06:57 PM

5 I wouldn't trust anything built by Orbital. They have had a quality problem going back for decades.

Posted by: chuck at October 28, 2014 08:32 PM

6 @11B40 - "Now that's the kind of outreach to Muslims I could go along with."


"Houston, we have a problem......" :)

Posted by: shadowman at October 29, 2014 01:01 AM

7 Interesting..... apparently this rocket has a Ukrainian first stage powered by two AJ26-58 (reconditioned NK-33) engines.

The *Atlas V* also uses Russian engines but uses the *RD-180* engine for its first stage. That engine seems to be pretty robust (as far as I know).

Reminds me of a line in Peter Jackson's splatter movie "Bad Taste". The heroes are making a getaway in a Ford Capri that conks out.
One says to the other - "should have bought a Holden, Frank..."

I guess Orbital "should have bought an RD-180". :)

Posted by: shadowman at October 29, 2014 01:18 AM

8 Why close the Shuttle Program completely, with no back up while a hundred billion dollar investment circles the Earth with only Russian controlled access? Russians wouldn't consider sabotage out of bounds in keeping a monopoly of the Space Station resupply at Baikonur, would they?

These are questions that are easily answered by Americans from 30 years ago, both Dem and Repub. The luddites who are in power today seem surprised by all and every event(s) happening around us and only seem to know how to cling to power.

Posted by: dc at October 29, 2014 06:44 AM

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