Feeds

Antares aborted after launchpad mishap

Supply line separated early

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

The Power of One Infographic

NASA has had to delay the launch of the Antares private spacecraft following the premature disconnection of a second-stage umbilical.

Thankfully, it wasn't a catastrophic launch failure. Antares has missed its launch window, and will need 24 to 48 hours to be returned to “nominal state”, and at the time of writing, NASA was still trying to understand what caused the umbilical to separate from the upper stage while launch preparations were taking place.

Antares, a private launcher built by Orbital Sciences, was to launch from the Wallops Flight Facility for its inaugural flight. The A-ONE mission is the first of two Antares demonstration missions scheduled for 2013 to demonstrate the launcher's ability to service the International Space Station; presuming that A-ONE is successfully rescheduled, a second launch later in the year will complete the demonstration schedule.

Once proven, Antares is scheduled for eight ISS resupply missions during 2013 under a $1.9 billion contract.

NASA says that the umbilical separated around 12 minutes before the preferred launch time, which “immediately led to a scrub of the launch attempt for the day”.

Close-up of the troublesome umbilicals. Source: Nasaspaceflight.com

Antares uses components from a variety of suppliers: its tank assembly and fuselage come from the Ukraine, and its motors were built to power Soviet lunar launches before being bought as a job lot of 30 by Aerojet, which has rebuilt the NK-33 motors as its AJ26 rockets.

Eight steps to building an HP BladeSystem

More from The Register

next story
Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 claimed lives of HIV/AIDS cure scientists
Researchers, advocates, health workers among those on shot-down plane
Forty-five years ago: FOOTPRINTS FOUND ON MOON
NASA won't be back any time soon, sadly
The Sun took a day off last week and made NO sunspots
Someone needs to get that lazy star cooking again before things get cold around here
Mwa-ha-ha-ha! Eccentric billionaire Musk gets his PRIVATE SPACEPORT
In the Lone Star State, perhaps appropriately enough
MARS NEEDS OCEANS to support life - and so do exoplanets
Just being in the Goldilocks zone doesn't mean there'll be anyone to eat the porridge
Diary note: Pluto's close-up is a year from … now!
New Horizons is less than a year from the dwarf planet
Boffins discuss AI space program at hush-hush IARPA confab
IBM, MIT, plenty of others invited to fill Uncle Sam's spy toolchest, but where's Google?
prev story

Whitepapers

Reducing security risks from open source software
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.