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  1. NASA Successfully Launches Orbital ATK’s Antares Rocket

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    NASA announced around 8:00 p.m. last night that the Orbital ATK’s Antares rocket and Cygnus cargo spacecraft had entered space after launching from its Wallops Flight Facility.

    According to NASA’s blog post “Cygnus is scheduled for arrival at the International Space Station on Oct. 23, with about 5,100 pounds of supplies and payloads, including critical materials to directly support dozens of the more than 250 science and research investigations that will occur during the space station’s Expeditions 49 and 50.”

    Previously, the Antares rocket exploded at Wallops on the launch pad on October 28, 2014, so it appears the second time is the charm in this situation.

  2. Newly-Redesigned Antares Rocket Passes First ‘Hot Fire’ Test Since Explosion

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    Two years ago, Orbital ATK’s Antares rocket exploded merely six seconds after it launched, with 5,000 pounds of supplies for the International Space Station on board.

    Engineers have been hard at work ever since the mishap, in an effort redesign the Antares rocket engine researchers blamed for the failure.

    Yesterday, the Antares rocket’s new engine successfully fired up at full power in a “hot fire” test, a major step towards the rocket meeting its goal of once again attempting to head up to the ISS in July.

    Technically, engineers still have to inspect the redesigned engine of the Antares rocket before claiming the test was a complete success, but it certainly looks like the rocket will be back in business sooner rather than later.

  3. NASA’s Unmanned Antares Rocket Explodes Right After Launch, Holding 5,000 Pounds of Cargo

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    Yesterday, NASA’s unmanned Antares rocket was set to take 5,000 pounds of cargo to the International Space Station but unfortunately exploded merely seconds after its launch in Virginia.

    The failure occurred roughly six seconds after the rocket’s 6:22 p.m. EDT launch from the Wallops Flight Facility.

    The company behind the Antares rocket, Orbital Sciences, said in a statement that the explosion was due to a “vehicle anomaly”. NASA spokesman Jay Bolden told CNN, “There was failure on launch. There was no indicated loss of life,” but he did mention there was “significant property and vehicle damage.”

    Mr. Frank Culbertson, Orbital’s Executive Vice President and General Manager of its Advanced Programs Group said, “It is far too early to know the details of what happened. As we begin to gather information, our primary concern lies with the ongoing safety and security of those involved in our response and recovery operations. We will conduct a thorough investigation immediately to determine the cause of this failure and what steps can be taken to avoid a repeat of this incident. As soon as we understand the cause we will begin the necessary work to return to flight to support our customers and the nation’s space program.”

    Check out NASA’s blog for a full list of the cargo on board the Antares rocket.