Orbital ATK Readies Antares for July 2016 Return to Flight
Orbital ATK President David Thompson said today that the new version of the Antares rocket will be rolled out to a launch pad at Wallops Island, VA next week in preparation for a hot fire test later this month and a return-to-flight launch in early July. It will be the first flight of Antares since an October 28, 2014 failure.
A specific date was not provided. Thompson said only that it will be “just after” July 4. If all goes well, a second launch is expected in the November time frame. All of these launches are for NASA’s commercial cargo program, taking Cygnus spacecraft loaded with supplies to the International Space Station (ISS). The launches take place from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, VA. MARS is owned by the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority, part of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Department of Transportation.
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