Suspect Antares Russian Rocket Engine to be Dropped

November 6, 2014 9:43 PM

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The commercial spaceflight company Orbital Sciences said today (Nov. 5) that the investigation into the explosion of its Antares rocket last week is eyeing the booster's first-stage engines, which were originally built in the 1960s by the Soviet Union at the height of the space race. In a call with investors, an Orbital Sciences representative said the company will likely retire the engines, with the goal of replacing them by 2016.

The Orbital Sciences Corporation's Antares rocket exploded just after launch on Oct. 28, destroying the company's unmanned Cygnus spacecraft, which was carrying thousands of pounds of supplies for the International Space Station under a $1.9 billion contract with NASA. No one was injured in the acci...

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