Orbital ATK had an unfortunate space shuttle accident back in 2014 but after 2 years they are back with new and improved Antares rocket and it’s ready to fly. The previous version of the ship blew up after only 6 seconds and it also blew the space station’s supplies with it. After that Orbital ATK has been supplying the International Space Station (ISS) with its developed Cygnus spacecraft to orbit aboard United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V. But now at NASA’s Wallops facility in Virginia the new rocket is awaiting is launch which is scheduled for launch on October 16th at 8:03 PM Eastern time.
Two new engines
After spending almost two years on the project the team tried to figure out what happened in 2014 launch and they also installed two new engines on the Antares made by a Russian company. These new engines will provide the rocket with 13% more thrust. Orbital now also uses a larger Cygnus which can carry more cargo which it will carry on this liftoff. You can watch the full launch of Antares through the facility’s Ustream channel, starting at 2PM, or through NASA TV, starting at 7PM.
Now that the company was able to develop a new Antares for ISS, they are planning on making a more powerful shuttle that can carry satellites to a higher orbit.