Antares 230+

Active Antares

Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems (NGIS)

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 Innovation Systems

Commercial
CEO: Wesley G. Bush
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.

Upcoming Spaceflights


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

Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems | USA
Wallops Island, Virginia, USA
Sept. 30, 2020, 2:26 a.m.
Status: Go
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.

Low Earth Orbit
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Antares 230+ | Cygnus CRS-2 NG-15

Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems | USA
Wallops Island, Virginia, USA
Feb. 1, 2021, midnight
Status: TBD
Unknown Mission

There are no mission or payload details available for this launch.


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

Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems | USA
Wallops Island, Virginia, USA
Feb. 15, 2020, 8:21 p.m.
Status: Success
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.

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

Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems | USA
Wallops Island, Virginia, USA
Nov. 2, 2019, 1:59 p.m.
Status: Success
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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Long March 4
Success
5 days, 21 hours ago
Haiyang 2C
Launch Area 4 (SLS-2 / 603) - Jiuquan, People's Republic of China

Haiyang (Chinese: "Ocean"), abbreviated HY, is a marine remote sensing satellite series planned by China.


Long March 11
Success
1 week, 5 days ago
Gaofen-03-1
Mobile launch platform - Sea Launch

Gaofen is a series of civilian Earth observation satellites developed and launched for the China High-definition Earth Observation System (CHEOS), ...


Kuaizhou
Failure
2 weeks ago
Jilin-1-02C
Unknown Pad - Jiuquan, People's Republic of China

Jilin-1 is a series of Chinese commercial remote sensing satellites.


Astra Rocket 3.0
Failure
2 weeks ago
Maiden Flight
Launch Pad B - Kodiak Launch Complex, Alaska, USA

This is the first orbital attempt of Astra Space small satellite launch vehicle. Rocket carries no payload for this flight.


Long March 4
Success
2 weeks, 5 days ago
Gaofen-11-02
Unknown Pad - Taiyuan, People's Republic of China

Gaofen is a series of civilian Earth observation satellites developed and launched for the China High-definition Earth Observation System (CHEOS), ...