Antares 230+

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Northrop Grumman Space Systems (NGSS)

Nov. 2, 2019

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
    8200 kg
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
  • Direct Geostationary
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity

Northrop Grumman Space Systems

Commercial
CEO: Kathy Warden
NGSS 2015

Northrup Grumman Space 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.

Upcoming Spaceflights


Antares 230+ | Cygnus CRS-2 NG-18

Northrop Grumman Space Systems | USA
Wallops Island, Virginia, USA
TBD October, 2022
Status: To Be Determined
Mission:

This is the 18th flight of the Orbital ATK's uncrewed resupply spacecraft Cygnus and its 17th flight to the International Space Station under the Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA.

Low Earth Orbit
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Antares 230+ | Cygnus CRS-2 NG-19

Northrop Grumman Space Systems | USA
Wallops Island, Virginia, USA
TBD April, 2023
Status: To Be Determined
Mission:

This is the 19th flight of the Orbital ATK's uncrewed resupply spacecraft Cygnus and its 18th flight to the International Space Station under the Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA.

Low Earth Orbit
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Antares 230+ | Cygnus CRS-2 NG-17 (S.S. Piers Sellers)

Northrop Grumman Space Systems | USA
Wallops Island, Virginia, USA
Feb. 19, 2022, 5:40 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Resupply

This is the 17th flight of the Orbital ATK's uncrewed resupply spacecraft Cygnus and its 16th flight to the International Space Station under the Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA. This Cygnus spacecraft is named after American astronaut and climate scientist Piers Sellers. Sellers was a part of three Space Shuttle missions tasked with assembly of the International Space Station.

Low Earth Orbit
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Antares 230+ | Cygnus CRS-2 NG-16 (S.S. Ellison Onizuka)

Northrop Grumman Space Systems | USA
Wallops Island, Virginia, USA
Aug. 10, 2021, 10:01 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Resupply

This is the 16th planned flight of the Orbital ATK's uncrewed resupply spacecraft Cygnus and its 15th flight to the International Space Station under the Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA. This Cygnus spacecraft is named after American astronaut Ellison Onizuka who died in the destruction of the Space Shuttle Challenger.

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Antares 230+ | Cygnus CRS-2 NG-15 (S.S. Katherine Johnson)

Northrop Grumman Space Systems | USA
Wallops Island, Virginia, USA
Feb. 20, 2021, 5:36 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Resupply

This is the 15th planned flight of the Orbital ATK's uncrewed resupply spacecraft Cygnus and its 14th flight to the International Space Station under the Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA. This Cygnus spacecraft carries the name of American mathematician Katherine Johnson, whose calculations of orbital mechanics as a NASA employee were critical to the success of the first and subsequent U.S. crewed spaceflights.

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Antares 230+ | Cygnus CRS-2 NG-14 (S.S. Kalpana Chawla)

Northrop Grumman Space Systems | USA
Wallops Island, Virginia, USA
Oct. 3, 2020, 1:16 a.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Resupply

This is the 15th planned flight of the Orbital ATK's uncrewed resupply spacecraft Cygnus and its 14th flight to the International Space Station under the Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA. This Cygnus spacecraft carries the name of NASA astronaut Kalpana Chawla, who was the first female astronaut of Indian descent.

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Antares 230+ | Cygnus CRS-2 NG-13 (S.S. Robert H. Lawrence.)

Northrop Grumman Space Systems | USA
Wallops Island, Virginia, USA
Feb. 15, 2020, 8:21 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Resupply

This is the 14th planned flight of the Orbital ATK's uncrewed resupply spacecraft Cygnus and its 13th flight to the International Space Station under the Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA. Spacecraft carries the name of Robert Henry Lawrence Jr., honouring USA's first black astronaut.

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Antares 230+ | Cygnus CRS-2 NG-12 (S.S. Alan Bean)

Northrop Grumman Space Systems | USA
Wallops Island, Virginia, USA
Nov. 2, 2019, 1:59 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Resupply

This is the 13th planned flight of the Orbital ATK's uncrewed resupply spacecraft Cygnus and its 12th flight to the International Space Station under the Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA.

Low Earth Orbit #NG12
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Falcon 9
Success
4 days, 21 hours ago
Starlink Group 3-3
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A batch of 46 satellites for Starlink mega-constellation - SpaceX's project for space-based Internet communication system.


Long March 6
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1 week ago
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16 new Earth observation satellites for the Jilin-1 commercial Earth observation satellites constellation.


Falcon 9
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1 week ago
Starlink Group 4-26
Launch Complex 39A - Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

A batch of 52 satellites for Starlink mega-constellation - SpaceX's project for space-based Internet communication system.


Soyuz 2.1b/Fregat-M
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1 week, 1 day ago
Khayyam & rideshare
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Two commercial Earth observation satellites built by Minospace.