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Facts about the Antares rocket (Orbital Sciences)

Facts about the Antares rocket (Orbital Sciences)

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Published by: Jeff Bair on Aug 22, 2012
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Medium-class space launch vehicleutilizes proven systems rom otherOrbital product lines and Zenit heritageOver 5,000 kg to low-Earth orbitDesigned to achieve a 95% or greaterlaunch reliability
Key Partners:
Orbital Sciences Corporation
• Prime integrator, systems engineering,
avionics, primary structure, testingand sotware
• Overall Stage 1 development and
KB Yuzhnoye/Yuzhmash
• Stage 1 core design, production
and verication
• Stage 1 engines
• Stage 2 motor
Designed to provide responsive, low-cost, and reliable access to space, Antares is a two-stagevehicle (with optional third stage) that provides low-Earth orbit (LEO) launch capability or payloadsweighing over 5,000 kg. Internally unded by Orbital, Antares is currently under development with a
total of 10 missions planned between 2012 and 2015: a risk reduction mission, a demonstration of
commercial re-supply services or the International Space Station (ISS) under a NASA CommercialOrbital Transportation Services (COTS) agreement, and eight Commercial Resupply Missions (CRS) todeliver cargo to the ISS. The Antares launch system utilizes Orbital's proven MACH avionics systemand many management approaches, engineering standards, production and test processes commonto Orbital’s amily o highly successul small-class Pegasus
, Taurus
, and Minotaur launch vehicles.These proven launch technologies, along with hardware rom one o the world’s leading launch vehicleintegrators, combine to provide cost-eective access to a variety o orbits or civil, commercial andmilitary medium-class payloads.Antares is designed to achieve a 95 percent or greater launch reliability. Design, manuacturing andtesting o Antares is taking place in Dulles, Virginia and Chandler, Arizona.
Key Features
Artist's rendering o Orbital's Antares medium-class space launch vehicle
Medium-Class Space Launch Vehicle
Incorporates both solid and liquid stages and
fight-proven technologies to meet medium-
class mission requirementsProvides substantial payload performance
into a variety o low inclination low-Earth andsun-synchronous orbits and interplanetarytrajectories
Streamlined vehicle/payload integration and
testing via simplied interaces reduce timerom encapsulation to lit-o
3.9 meter fairing accommodates large payloadsCapable of launching single and multiple
Initial launch capability in 2012 from WallopsFlight Facility (WFF), VirginiaAlso compatible with the Western Range at
Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB),Eastern Range at Cape Canaveral Air ForceStation (CCAFS) and the Kodiak LaunchComplex (KLC)

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