ENP Newswire -
Release date- 19092013 -
Liftoff occurred at
This successful launch and subsequent orbit insertion validate that private industry collaboration can establish capabilities and provide services that open new space markets, while meeting the ISS's logistics transportation needs. Under the upcoming Commercial Resupply Services contract, Orbital's Antares launch vehicle and Cygnus spacecraft will make eight re-supply missions to the ISS.
'Today's successful launch is the result of collaboration between
The AJ26 is a commercial derivative of the NK-33 engine that was first developed to power the Russian N-1 rocket on a lunar mission in the early 1970s. As an oxidizer-rich, staged-combustion, oxygen kerosene engine, it achieves very high performance in a lightweight, compact package.
'This historic day is exciting for all of us - not just for our company, but for our Russian partners and our Orbital customer,' said
Orbital has developed the Antares medium-class launch vehicle to boost payloads into a variety of low-Earth and geosynchronous transfer orbits and to Earth escape trajectories. It incorporates proven technologies from a worldwide network of suppliers.
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