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American Orbital ATK Launches Antares Rocket With Yuzhmash Primary Stage To Deliver Payload To ISS

American Orbital ATK Launches Antares Rocket With Yuzhmash Primary Stage To Deliver Payload To ISS

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Orbital ATK (USA) has launched the Antares rocket with the primary stage manufactured by the State Enterprise "Production Association Yuzhny Machine-Building Plant named after A.M. Makarov" (Yuzhmash), to deliver a payload to the International Space Station (ISS).

Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman announced this on Facebook, Ukrainian News Agency reports.

This is the first launch of Antares after the October 2014 accident caused by malfunctioning AJ-26 engine (Aerojet Rocketdyne, USA).

The upgraded Antares rocket was launched on NASA's Wallops Flight Facility at 7:45 p.m. EDT (2345 GMT) on October 17, topped with Orbital ATK's uncrewed Cygnus cargo capsule, carrying 2,425kg of science experiments, hardware and other supplies for the astronauts aboard the ISS," Yuzhnoye State Design Office (Yuzhnoye SDO; Dnipro) said in a statement.

This is the first launch of the new modification of Antares 230.

The exploitation of the rockets of the previous modification stopped after the October 2014 accident.

Orbital ATK decided to replace the primary stage cruising engine.

The current mission, titled OA-5, is Orbital ATK's sixth official cargo resupply mission for NASA, and the fourth using an Antares rocket.

It is planned to perform five launches before the end of 2018 and six more from 2019 to 2024.

Orbital Science Corporation is the chief developer of the Antares.

Yuzhnoye SDO developed the main structure of the primary stage, manufactured by Yuzhmash together with the Ukraine-based enterprises Hartron-Arkos (Kharkiv), Kyivprylad (Kyiv), Hartron-Ucom (Zaporizhia), CheZaRa and Rapid (Chernihiv) and others.

As Ukrainian News Agency earlier reported, Yuzhmash predicted the first launch of the improved launch vehicle Antares in mid-July.