NASA successfully launches Antares rocket with Ukrainian-made core stage
The launch of redesigned Antares comes two years after the model exploded trying to reach ISS Orbital ATK Inc., a private US company, has successfully launched an Antares rocket carrying supplies for the international space station. The Antares rocket is topped with a Cygnus spacecraft carrying 2,300 kilograms of cargo for science experiments and supplies for the crew, according to NASA.
The unmanned mission comes nearly two years after Antares exploded seconds after the launch, destroying the company’s Virginia facility. While the precise reason was never determined, the failure was linked to Orbital’s use of old Soviet technologies.
Since then the rocket has undergone a major redesign. Rocket’s booster stage was manufactured by Ukraine’s Yuznhoe Design Bureau, while its main engines were built in Russia.