Antares 230

Active Antares

Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems (NGIS)

Oct. 17, 2016

Description

Antares known during early development as Taurus II, is an expendable launch system developed by Orbital Sciences Corporation (now part of Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems after Northrop Grumman acquired Orbital ATK) and the Yuzhnoye Design Bureau to launch the Cygnus spacecraft to the International Space Station as part of NASA's COTS and CRS programs. Able to launch payloads heavier than 5,000 kg (11,000 lb) into low-Earth orbit, Antares is the largest rocket operated by Orbital ATK. Antares launches from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport and made its inaugural flight on April 21, 2013.

Specifications
  • Stages
    3
  • Length
    42.5 m
  • Diameter
    3.9 m
  • Fairing Diameter
  • Launch Mass
    286 T
  • Thrust
    3844 kN
Family
  • Name
    Antares 230
  • Family
    Antares
  • Variant
    230
  • Alias
  • Full Name
    Antares 230
Payload Capacity
  • Launch Cost
  • Low Earth Orbit
    7800 kg
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
  • Direct Geostationary
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity

Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems

Commercial
CEO: Kathy Warden
NGIS 2015

Northrup Grumman Innovation Systems designs, builds and delivers space, defence and aviation-related systems to customers around the world. They aquired Orbital ATK in 2018 along with its launchers and ongoing missions. Antares launches from Wallops in Virginia. Minotaur has many launch sites, with the most active now being Cape Canaveral and Vandenberg. Pegasus is an air launched vehicle from an aircraft and so has many launch locations.

Antares 230 | Cygnus CRS NG-11 (S.S. Roger Chaffee)

Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems | USA
Wallops Island, Virginia, USA
April 17, 2019, 8:46 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Resupply

This is the 12th planned flight of the Orbital ATK's uncrewed resupply spacecraft Cygnus and its 11th flight to the International Space Station under the Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA. Northrop Grumman named the vehicle after Apollo 1 astronaut Roger Chaffee.

Low Earth Orbit #NG11
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Antares 230 | Cygnus CRS NG-10 (S.S. John Young)

Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems | USA
Wallops Island, Virginia, USA
Nov. 17, 2018, 9:01 a.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Resupply

This is the eleventh planned flight of the Orbital ATK's uncrewed resupply spacecraft Cygnus and its tenth flight to the International Space Station under the Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA.

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Antares 230 | Cygnus CRS OA-9 (S.S. J.R. Thompson)

Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems | USA
Wallops Island, Virginia, USA
May 21, 2018, 8:44 a.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Resupply

This is the tenth planned flight of the Orbital ATK's unmanned resupply spacecraft Cygnus and its ninth flight to the International Space Station under the Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA.

Low Earth Orbit #OA9
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Antares 230 | Cygnus CRS OA-8 (S.S. Gene Cernan)

Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems | USA
Wallops Island, Virginia, USA
Nov. 12, 2017, 12:19 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Resupply

This is the ninth planned flight of the Orbital ATK's unmanned resupply spacecraft Cygnus and its eighth flight to the International Space Station under the Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA.

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Antares 230 | Cygnus CRS OA-5 (S.S. Alan Poindexter)

Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems | USA
Wallops Island, Virginia, USA
Oct. 17, 2016, 11:45 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Resupply

This is the seventh flight of the Orbital ATK's unmanned resupply spacecraft Cygnus and its sixth flight to the International Space Station under the Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA. Orbital ATK named the vehicle after astronaut Alan Poindexter who was the commander of STS-131.

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