Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Antares Launch Failure

This was the first flight of the Anatres Launch Vehicle using a new Russian built engine.

The vehicle and the Cygnus CRS automated cargo spacecraft were carrying just under 5000 pounds of supplies to the International Space Station, along with a whole bunch of "cubesats" for deployment

The engines are shipped to the US, and modified by Aerojet for the launch vehicle.

I've watched the video several times (and watched "other" videos of it), and it appears to be either a nozzle or perhaps a turbopump failure. If you watch the exhaust plume, you cab see a significant brightening and change of shape right before the vehicle explodes.

This is a major setback for Orbital Sciences, and the loss of almost 5000 pounds of supplies and experiments for the ISS.

And here's a very interesting aerial view:


  1. They finally admitted on-camera, this morning, that the launch director hit the abort button at about 20 seconds in. I thought so, last night, on first watching of the NASA video.

  2. Oh, boy....

    Somebody's going to be looking for a new job!

  3. Looked at the video, right about 20 sec the exhaust DOES change radically, like a LOX leak...

  4. This is what happens when you DO NOT build your own equipment any more. Because we are to worried about getting islams into space.


Keep it civil, please....