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Jared: Orbital ATK Antares Media Day at NASA’s Wallops Island

19 Dec 2015, 16:52 UTC
Jared: Orbital ATK Antares Media Day at NASA’s Wallops Island
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Coming right on the heels of Orbital ATK’s Cygnus capsule being launched to the International Space Station aboard a ULA Atlas V rocket, NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) and Orbital ATK hosted members of the media on December 17th for a briefing on the status of Launchpad 0A and the Antares rocket following October 2014’s ORB-3 explosion.
Virginia Space, along with Orbital ATK were happy to report that Launchpad 0A is ready for operations once again, following a $15 million renovation to repair damage and upgrade capability. Standing atop the mounting ring on the launchpad, it was impossible to discern that a major explosion had taken place here just 14 months earlier. The only remaining tell-tale sign of the incident was a small, diagonal PVC pipe leading into the former location of the explosion crater, to allow further environmental monitoring, but aside from that near-insignificant detail, MARS 0A is ready for business.
Members of the press were then invited inside Orbital ATK’s horizontal integration facility to view the upgrades being made to the Antares rocket. On display were two Antares first stage cores, one intended for use in a March 2016 static fire test on the ...

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