The launch of an Antares 110 rocket
|Function||Medium expendable launch system|
|Manufacturer||Northrop Grumman (main)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Project cost||US$472 million until 2012|
|Cost per launch||US$80-85 million|
|Diameter||3.9 m (13 ft)|
|Stages||2 to 3|
|Payload to LEO||8,000 kg (18,000 lb)|
|Comparable||Delta II, Atlas III|
|Launch sites||MARS LP-0A|
|Total launches||11 (110: 2, 120: 2, 130: 1, 230: 5, 230+: 1)|
|Successes||10 (110: 2, 120: 2, 130: 0, 230: 5, 230+: 1)|
|Failures||1 (130: 1)|
|First stage (Antares 100-series)|
|Empty mass||18,700 kg (41,200 lb)|
|Gross mass||260,700 kg (574,700 lb)|
|Engines||2 × NK-33|
|Thrust||3,265 kN (734,000 lbf)|
|Specific impulse||Sea level: 297 s |
Vacuum: 331 s
|Burn time||235 seconds|
|First stage (Antares 200-series)|
|Empty mass||20,600 kg (45,400 lb)|
|Gross mass||262,600 kg (578,900 lb)|
|Engines||2 × RD-181|
|Thrust||3,844 kN (864,000 lbf)|
|Specific impulse||Sea level: 311.9 s |
Vacuum: 339.2 s
|Burn time||215 seconds|
|Second stage – Castor 30A/B/XL|
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.
NASA awarded Orbital a Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) Space Act Agreement (SAA) in 2008 to demonstrate delivery of cargo to the International Space Station. For these COTS missions Orbital intends to use Antares to launch its Cygnus spacecraft. In addition, Antares will compete for small-to-medium missions. Originally designated the Taurus II, Orbital Sciences renamed the vehicle Antares, after the star of the same name, on December 12, 2011.
The first four Antares launch attempts were successful. During the fifth launch on October 28, 2014, the rocket failed catastrophically, and the vehicle and payload were destroyed. The failure was traced to a fault in the first stage engines. After completion of a redesign program, the rocket had a successful return to flight on October 17, 2016, delivering cargo to the ISS.
- 1 Development
- 2 Design
- 3 Configurations and numbering
- 4 Notable missions
- 5 Launch statistics
- 6 Launch history
- 7 Future launches
- 8 Launch sequence
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
The NASA COTS award was for US$171 million and Orbital Sciences expected to invest an additional $150 million, split between $130 million for the booster and $20 million for the spacecraft. A Commercial Resupply Service contract of $1.9 billion for 8 flights was awarded in 2008. As of April 2012, development costs were estimated at $472 million.
On June 10, 2008, it was announced that the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport, formerly part of the Wallops Flight Facility, in Virginia, would be the primary launch site for the rocket. Launch pad 0A (LP-0A), previously used for the failed Conestoga rocket, would be modified to handle Antares. Wallops allows launches which reach the International Space Station's orbit as effectively as those from Cape Canaveral, Florida, while being less crowded. The first Antares flight launched a Cygnus mass simulator.
On December 10, 2009, Alliant Techsystems Inc. (ATK) test fired their Castor 30 motor for use on the second stage of the Antares rocket. In March 2010 Orbital Sciences and Aerojet completed test firings of the NK-33 engines. On February 22, 2013, a hot fire test was successfully performed, the entire first stage being erected on the pad and held down while the engines fired for 29 seconds.
The first stage of Antares burns RP-1 (kerosene) and liquid oxygen (LOX). As Orbital had little experience with large liquid stages and LOX propellant, the first stage core was designed and is manufactured in Ukraine by Yuzhnoye SDO and includes propellant tanks, pressurization tanks, valves, sensors, feed lines, tubing, wiring and other associated hardware. Like the Zenit—also manufactured by Yuzhnoye—the Antares vehicle has a diameter of 3.9 m (150 in) with a matching 3.9 m payload fairing.
The Antares 100-series first stage was powered by two Aerojet AJ26 engines. These began as Kuznetsov NK-33 engines built in the Soviet Union in the late 1960s and early 1970s, 43 of which were purchased by Aerojet in the 1990s. 20 of these were refurbished into AJ26 engines for Antares. Modifications included equipping the engines for gimballing, adding US electronics, and qualifying the engines to fire for twice as long as designed and to operate at 108% of their original thrust. Together they produced 3,265 kilonewtons (734,000 lbf) of thrust at sea level and 3,630 kN (816,100 lbf) in vacuum.
Following the catastrophic failure of an AJ26 during testing at Stennis Space Center in May 2014 and the Orb-3 launch failure in October 2014, likely caused by an engine turbopump, the Antares 100-series was retired.
Due to concerns over corrosion, aging, and the limited supply of AJ26 engines, Orbital had selected new first stage engines. The new engines were planned to debut in 2017 and allow Orbital to bid on a second major long-term contract for cargo resupply of the ISS. Less than one month after the loss of the Antares rocket in October 2014, Orbital announced that it would no longer fly Antares with AJ26 engines, and the first flight of Antares with new first stage engines would be moved up to 2016. In December 2014 Orbital Sciences announced that the Russian RD-181—a modified version of the RD-191—would replace the AJ26 on the Antares 200-series. The first flight of the re-engined Antares 230 configuration was October 17, 2016 carrying the Cygnus CRS OA-5 cargo to the ISS.
The Antares 200 and 200+ first stages are powered by two RD-181 engines, which provide 440 kilonewtons (100,000 lbf) more thrust than the dual AJ26 engines used on the Antares 100. Orbital adapted the existing core stage to accommodate the increased performance in the 200 Series, allowing Antares to deliver up to 6,500 kg (14,300 lb) to low Earth orbit. The surplus performance of the Antares 200-series will allow Orbital to fulfill its ISS resupply contract in only four additional flights, rather than the five that would have been required with the Antares 100-series.
While the 200 series uses the RD-181 engines by adapting the originally ordered 100 Series stages (Yuzhnoye SDO/Yuzhmash, Zenit derived), it requires under-throttling the RD-181 engines, which reduces performance.
Kurt Eberly, Vice President and Antares Program Manager for Orbital ATK, outlined the Antares upgrades for the NASA CRS-2 (Commercial Resupply Services 2) contract, in a May 2018 interview. NG-12, launched November 2, 2019, is the first NASA CRS-2 mission to ISS using the 230+ upgrades. These modifications for this Antares 230 variant will not, as previously suggested, be referred to as Antares 300 but instead will be the Antares 230+. Eberly stated the most significant upgrades would be structural changes to the intertank bay (between the LO
2 and RP-1 tanks) and the forward bay (forward of the LO
2). Additionally, the company is working on trajectory improvements via a "load-release autopilot" that will provide greater mass to orbit capability.
The second stage is an Orbital ATK Castor 30-series solid-fuel rocket, developed as a derivative of the Castor 120 solid motor used as Minotaur-C's first stage. The first two flights of Antares used a Castor 30A, which was replaced by the enhanced Castor 30B for subsequent flights. The Castor 30B produces 293.4 kN (65,960 lbf) average and 395.7 kN (88,960 lbf) maximum thrust, and uses electromechanical thrust vector control. For increased performance, the larger Castor 30XL is available and will be used on ISS resupply flights to allow Antares to carry the Enhanced Cygnus.
The Castor 30XL upper stage for Antares 230+ is being optimized for the CRS-2 contract. The initial design of the Castor 30XL was conservatively built, and after gaining flight experience it was determined that the structural component of the motor case could be lightened.
Antares offers three optional third stages: the Bi-Propellant Third Stage (BTS), a Star 48-based third stage and an Orion 38 motor. BTS is derived from Orbital Sciences' GEOStar spacecraft bus and uses nitrogen tetroxide and hydrazine for propellant; it is intended to precisely place payloads into their final orbits. The Star 48-based stage uses a Star 48BV solid rocket motor and would be used for higher energy orbits. The Orion 38 is used on the Minotaur and Pegasus rockets as an upper stage.
The 3.9-meter (13 ft) diameter, 9.9-meter (32 ft) high fairing is manufactured by Northrop Grumman of Iuka, Mississippi, which also builds other composite structures for the vehicle, including the combined fairing adapter, dodecagon, motor cone, and interstage.
NASA Commercial Resupply Services 2 : Enhancements
On January 14, 2016, NASA awarded three cargo contracts via CRS2. Orbital ATK's Cygnus was one of these contracts.
According to Mark Pieczynski, Orbital ATK Vice President, Flight Systems Group, “A further improved version [of Antares for CRS2 contract] is in development which will include: Stage 1 core updates including structural reinforcements and optimization to accommodate increased loads.
“(Also) certain refinements to the RD-181 engines and CASTOR 30XL motor; and Payload accommodations improvements including a ‘pop-top’ feature incorporated in the fairing to allow late Cygnus cargo load and optimized fairing adapter structure.”
Previously, it was understood that these planned upgrades from the Antares 230 series would create a vehicle known as the Antares 300 series. However, when asked specifically about Antares 300 series development, Mr. Pieczynski stated that Orbital ATK has “not determined to call the upgrades, we are working on, a 300 series. This is still TBD.” In May 2018, Antares program manager Kurt Eberly indicated that the upgrades will be referred to as Antares 230+.
Configurations and numbering
The first two test flights used a Castor 30A second stage. All subsequent flights will use either a Castor 30B or Castor 30XL. The rocket's configuration is indicated by a three-digit number and a possible "+" suffix, the first number representing the first stage, the second the type of second stage, and the third the type of third stage. A plus sign added as suffix (fourth position) signifies performance upgrades to the Antares 230 variant.
|Number||First digit||Second digit||Third digit||Fourth place|
|(First stage)||(Second stage)||(Third stage)||(Enhancements)|
|0||N/A||N/A||No third stage||N/A|
|1||Block 1 first stage
(2 × AJ26-62)
N/A after Block 1
(3 × IHI BT-4)
|2||Block 1 first stage (Adapted to RD-181)
(2 × RD-181)
|Castor 30B||Star 48BV||N/A|
|3||N/A||Castor 30XL||Orion 38||N/A|
|+||N/A||N/A||N/A||Block 2 first stage and Castor XL upgrades|
Originally scheduled for 2012, the first Antares launch, designated A-ONE was conducted on April 21, 2013, carrying the Cygnus Mass Simulator (a boilerplate Cygnus spacecraft) and four CubeSats contracted by Spaceflight Incorporated: Dove 1 for Cosmogia Incorporated (now Planet Labs) and three PhoneSat satellites – Alexander, Graham and Bell for NASA.
Prior to the launch, a 27-second test firing of the rocket's AJ26 engines was conducted successfully on February 22, 2013, following an attempt on February 13 which was abandoned before ignition.
A-ONE used the Antares 110 configuration, with a Castor 30A second stage and no third stage. The launch took place from Pad 0A of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island, Virginia. LP-0A was a former Conestoga launch complex which had only been used once before, in 1995, for the Conestoga's only orbital launch attempt. Antares became the largest — and first — liquid-fuelled rocket to fly from Wallops Island, as well as the largest rocket launched by Orbital Sciences.
The first attempt to launch the rocket, on April 17, 2013, was scrubbed after an umbilical detached from the rocket's second stage, and a second attempt on April 20 was scrubbed due to high altitude winds. At the third attempt on April 21, the rocket lifted off at the beginning of its launch window. The launch window for all three attempts was three hours beginning at 21:00 UTC (17:00 EDT), shortening to two hours at the start of the terminal count, and ten minutes later[clarification needed] in the count.
Cygnus CRS Orb-3
On October 28, 2014, the attempted launch of an Antares carrying a Cygnus cargo spacecraft on the Orb-3 resupply mission failed catastrophically six seconds after liftoff from Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at Wallops Flight Facility, Virginia. An explosion occurred in the thrust section just as the vehicle cleared the tower, and it fell back down onto the launch pad. The Range Safety officer sent the destruct command just before impact. There were no injuries. Orbital Sciences reported that Launch Pad 0A "escaped significant damage," though initial estimates for repairs were in the $20 million range. Orbital Sciences formed an anomaly investigation board to investigate the cause of the incident. They traced it to a failure of the first stage LOX turbopump, but could not find a specific cause. However, the refurbished NK-33 engines, originally manufactured over 40 years earlier and stored for decades, were suspected as having leaks, corrosion, or manufacturing defects that had not been detected. The NASA Accident Investigation Report was more direct in its failure assessment. On October 6, 2015, almost one year after the accident, Pad 0A was restored to use. Total repair costs were about $15 million.
Following the failure, Orbital sought to purchase launch services for its Cygnus spacecraft in order to satisfy its cargo contract with NASA, and on December 9, 2014, Orbital announced that at least one, and possibly two, Cygnus flights would be launched on Atlas V rockets from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. As it happened, Cygnus OA-4 and OA-6 were launched with an Atlas V and the Antares 230 performed its maiden flight with Cygnus OA-5 in October 2016. One further mission was launched aboard an Atlas in April 2017 (OA-7), fulfilling Orbital's contractual obligations towards NASA. It was followed by the Antares 230 in regular service with OA-8E in November 2017, with three further missions scheduled on their extended contract.
- Partial failure
|Flight №||Date / time (UTC)||Rocket variant||Launch site||Payload,
|Payload mass||Orbit||User||Launch |
|1||April 21, 2013
|Antares 110||MARS pad 0A||Low Earth (ISS)||NASA||Success|
|Antares A-ONE, Antares test flight, using a Castor 30A second stage and no third stage.|
|2||September 18, 2013
|Antares 110||MARS pad 0A||Cygnus (standard) Orb-D1
G. David Low
|Low Earth (ISS)||NASA||Success|
|Orbital Sciences COTS demonstration flight. First Antares mission with a real Cygnus capsule, first mission to rendezvous and berth with the International Space Station, second launch of Antares. The rendezvous maneuver was delayed due to a computer data link problem, but the issue was resolved and berthing followed shortly thereafter.|
|3||January 9, 2014
|Antares 120||MARS pad 0A||Cygnus (standard) CRS Orb-1
C. Gordon Fullerton
|Low Earth (ISS)||NASA||Success|
|First Commercial Resupply Service (CRS) mission for Cygnus, and first Antares launch using the Castor 30B upper stage.|
|4||July 13, 2014
|Antares 120||MARS pad 0A||Cygnus (standard) CRS Orb-2
|Low Earth (ISS)||NASA||Success|
|Spacecraft carried supplies for the ISS, including research equipment, crew provisions, hardware, and science experiments.|
|5||October 28, 2014
|Antares 130||MARS pad 0A||Cygnus (standard) CRS Orb-3
|Low Earth (ISS)||NASA||Failure|
|LOX turbopump failure T+6 seconds. Rocket fell back onto the pad and exploded. First Antares launch to use Castor 30XL upper stage. In addition to ISS supplies, payload included a Planetary Resources Arkyd-3 satellite and a NASA JPL/UT Austin CubeSat mission named RACE.|
|6||October 17, 2016
|Antares 230||MARS pad 0A||Cygnus (enhanced) CRS OA-5
Alan G. Poindexter
|Low Earth (ISS)||NASA||Success|
|First launch of Enhanced Cygnus on Orbital's new Antares 230.|
|7||November 12, 2017
|Antares 230||MARS pad 0A||Cygnus (enhanced) CRS OA-8E
|Low Earth (ISS)||NASA||Success|
|8||May 21, 2018
|Antares 230||MARS pad 0A||Cygnus (enhanced) CRS OA-9E
|Low Earth (ISS)||NASA||Success|
|Spacecraft carried ISS hardware, crew supplies, and scientific payloads, including the Cold Atom Lab and the Biomolecule Extraction and Sequencing Technology experiment. The Cygnus also demonstrated boosting the station’s orbital velocity for the first time, by 0.06 meters per second.|
|9||November 17, 2018
|Antares 230||MARS pad 0A||Cygnus (enhanced) CRS NG-10
|Low Earth (ISS)||NASA||Success|
|Largest amount of satellites launched on a single rocket (108). Cygnus NG-10, CHEFsat 2, Kicksat 2, 104 Sprite Chipsats (deployed from Kicksat 2), MYSAT 1.|
|10||April 17, 2019
|Antares 230||MARS pad 0A||Cygnus (enhanced) CRS NG-11
|3,447 kg (7,600 lbs)||Low Earth (ISS)||NASA||Success|
|11||November 2, 2019
|Antares 230+||MARS pad 0A||Cygnus (enhanced) CRS NG-12
|3,728 kg (8,221 lbs)||Low Earth (ISS)||NASA||Success|
|Cygnus NG-12 is the first mission under the NASA Commercial Resupply Services 2 contract. NG-12 is also the first to use upgraded launcher, Antares 230+.|
Note: Cygnus CRS OA-4, the first Enhanced Cygnus mission, and OA-6 were propelled by Atlas V 401 launch vehicles while the new Antares 230 was in its final stages of development. Cygnus CRS OA-7 was also switched to an Atlas V and launched on April 18, 2017.
|Date / time (UTC)||Rocket variant||Launch site||Payload||Orbit||User|
|February 2020||Antares 230+||MARS pad 0A||Cygnus (enhanced) NG-13||Low Earth (ISS)||NASA|
|October 2020||Antares 230+||MARS pad 0A||Cygnus (enhanced) NG-14||Low Earth (ISS)||NASA|
|2nd Quarter 2021||Antares 230+||MARS pad 0A||Cygnus (enhanced) NG-15||Low Earth (ISS)||NASA|
|T− 03:50:00||Launch management call to stations|
|T− 03:05:00||Poll to initiate liquid oxygen loading system chilldown|
|T− 01:30:00||Poll for readiness to initiate propellant loading|
|T− 00:15:00||Cygnus/payload switched to internal power|
|T− 00:12:00||Poll for final countdown and MES medium flow chilldown|
|T− 00:11:00||Transporter-Erector-Launcher (TEL) armed for rapid retract|
|T− 00:05:00||Antares avionics switched to internal power|
|T− 00:03:00||Auto-sequence start (terminal count)|
|T− 00:02:00||Pressurize propellant tanks|
|T− 00:00:00||Main engine ignition|
|T+ 00:03:55||Main engine cut-off (MECO)||102 km (63 mi)|
|T+ 00:04:01||Stage one separation||108 km (67 mi)|
|T+ 00:05:31||Fairing separation||168 km (104 mi)|
|T+ 00:05:36||Interstage separation||170 km (106 mi)|
|T+ 00:05:40||Stage two ignition||171 km (106 mi)|
|T+ 00:07:57||Stage two burnout||202 km (126 mi)|
|T+ 00:09:57||Payload separation||201 km (125 mi)|
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