Orbital Sciences turns to Atlas as it regroups from rocket explosion

December 10, 2014 1:16 AM

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Orbital Sciences turns to Atlas as it regroups from rocket explosion

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Sidelined by a rocket explosion in October, Orbital Sciences will buy a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 booster to launch its next International Space Station cargo ship for NASA, officials said on Tuesday.

Orbital’s fifth Antares rocket launch ended 15 seconds after liftoff from Wallops Island, Virginia, on Oct. 28 due to a problem with the booster’s refurbished Soviet-era engine. The accident claimed an unmanned Cygnus capsule loaded with more than 5,000 pounds (2,268 kg) of cargo for the space stati...

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