Cygnus CRS Orb-3 - Space launch mission detailed information
Cygnus CRS Orb-3 3
28 OCT 2014
Orbital Sciences Corporation
Launch Area 0 A
This was supposed to be the fourth Cygnus cargo delivery flight to the International Space Station, but resulted in the Antares rocket exploding seconds after liftoff.
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.