During NASA's second attempt at launching Antares rocket an explosion occured on the launch pad. Read about our approach to external linking.

In addition, the Antares Vehicle Assembly Building and related Cygnus spacecraft processing facilities at other locations within the Wallops area were not affected by the failure in any way.". On June 28, eight months to the day after Orbital lost its rocket, the Elon Musk-owned firm watched helplessly as its own space station-bound rocket broke apart two minutes into its flight.

Could postal voting upend US election? Following the catastrophic failure of an AJ26 during testing at Stennis Space Center in May 2014 and the Orb-3 launch failure in October 2014, likely caused by an engine turbopump, the Antares 100-series was retired.
A day after an explosion that destroyed an Orbital Sciences Antares rocket carrying a space station cargo ship, company officials said Wednesday they hope to zero in on the likely cause of the mishap within a week or so, based on a detailed review of telemetry, analysis of video and inspection of recovered debris. — — Gerald Matthews can clearly see the charred launch pad where an Antares rocket exploded upon liftoff Tuesday, and said he has long feared such a … “You do all the tests you like, but to me I'm a little nervous using hardware that’s that old," McDowell said. The suspected cause: a snapped 2-foot steel strut. So not withstanding the previous successful flights of Antares before yesterday, Orbital has been reviewing alternatives since the middle of last year and recently selected a different main propulsion system for a future use by Antares. [26] It also carried the first open source ArduLab-powered student experiments. Some background on those motors: They were originally built in the 1960s and '70s for the Soviet Union's failed moon program. the IRT determined that the proximate cause of the Antares launch vehicle failure was an explosion within the AJ26 2 rocket engine installed in the Main Engine 1 position. How do I vote in my state in the 2020 election? Lesley Stahl speaks with the Republican candidates, President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, while Norah O'Donnell speaks with the Democratic candidates, former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris.

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But just 15 seconds after liftoff, the rocket suffered a catastrophic first-stage failure, falling back to Earth and exploding in a huge fireball. Officials with Orbital and Aerojet didn't respond to requests for comment for this story. The facility aims to conduct a "hot fire test" in late winter and launch the first mission since the explosion "as soon as practical," perhaps as early as May, he said. It arrived successfully six hours later with a reported three tonnes of food aboard. NASA is completing its own investigation of the incident, but has no plans to make that assessment public. That would likely implicate Aerojet Rocketdyne, which refurbished the motors before selling them to Orbital. For its part, Aerojet, a division of GenCorp Inc., countered that its investigation suggested debris from the fuel tank got flushed into the main engine, fouling the bearings, according to multiple media reports. "I think a reasonable, best-case estimate would bound that at three months, but it could certainly be considerably longer than that depending on what we find in the review. The celebrated musician sat down to speak with Tracy Smith for "CBS Sunday Morning.". Specifically, there was an explosion in the E15 Liquid Oxygen (LO2) turbopump, which then damaged the AJ26 rocket engine designated E16 installed in the Main Engine 2 position. Investigators traced the cause of a dramatic Antares rocket explosion during a 2014 launch to an AJ26 engine, and officials from Orbital Sciences — … An executive summary of a NASA Independent Review Team (IRT) report into the October 2014 loss of an Antares shortly after liftoff, released by NASA Oct. 29, concluded there was an explosion … An Orbital spokesman disputed the value of the contract reported by Energomash at the time, saying the contract amount is well below the billion-dollar figure. Orbital officials in public comments have blamed excessive wear in the bearings of one of the two engines. The most important lesson learned from the launch failure, said John Logsdon, professor emeritus at George Washington University's Space Police Institute, is: "Don't use old Russian engines.".
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The rocket, launched from Wallops Flight Facility, was due to carry nearly 5,000lb (2,200kgs) of supplies to six astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS). And the company has always emerged stronger as a result. The fire damaged various components in the thrust section leading to the engines gradually being shut down, although a specific reason for the failure could not be determined. The mission was intended to launch at 22:22:38 UTC that evening. They sat in plastic bags for decades until Aerojet "Americanized" them, McDowell said. [14][15] On 29 October 2014, teams of investigators began examining debris at the crash site,[16] while a survey the same day found that there was no serious damage to the launch pad and site fuel tanks, although repairs would be required. Logsdon, though, cautions against judging Orbital too harshly for the failed flight. It hung in the twilight for a fraction of a second before a range safety officer sent a self-destruct command to the vehicle. This was the fifth launch of an Antares rocket, with the first four going off without a hitch. The Countdown: A judge's kiss and when to dance, Philadelphia braced for unrest over police killing. There will be no slow transition for Justice Amy Coney Barrett as she takes her seat on the Supreme Court. The American Kennel Club has released its latest list of the nation's most beloved breeds. GenCorp said its own probe showed that the wear in the bearings was likely caused by debris in the engine. The Cygnus cargo ship atop the rocket, loaded with station supplies, also was destroyed.