In the United States successfully launched a new rocket middle class Antares to deliver cargo to the International Space Station (ISS), built the American Orbital Science Corp in the framework of international cooperation with Ukraine.
In the center of information links SDO "Southern" (Dnepropetrovsk) reported that a successful demonstration launch of LV Antares performed on Monday at 00.00. Kiev time with Space Flight Center at Wallops Island, VA (USA).
New RN Antares consists of two stages and the space cargo ship Cygnus (the third stage).
The basic construction of the first stage of the launch Antares developed SDO "Southern" (Yuzhnoye SDO) in cooperation with the association "Pivdenmash" (YuMZ, Dnepropetrovsk), JSC "Hartron Arcos" (Kharkov), PJSC "Kievpribor" (Kiev), PJSC "Hartron-UCOM "(Zaporozhye), PJSC" Cesare ", PJSC" RAPID "(both Chernigov). It is equipped with a rocket engine NK-33, designed for the Soviet super-heavy N-1 rocket, able to launch an expedition to the moon.
"Preparations for the launch Antares launch vehicle, its testing and commissioning carried out with the participation of experts" Yuzhnoye SDO, "" YuMZ "and" Hartron Arcos. "Ukrainian experts to ensure full implementation of all operations in their sector of responsibility. Problems start fully implemented," — reported in the SDO "Southern".
"Cooperation Program participants Antares is unique, since the program was first Ukrainian side performs the full range of design and to the development and manufacture of the material part of the basic design of the first stage of the launch, ordered the National Agency of the United States (NASA)", — noted in Yuzhnoye SDO.
According to the earlier announced to the American company, under an agreement between the Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) and NASA in 2013 is planned to provide two new starting pH. The second launch is scheduled for the summer of RN: a part of the launch scheduled cargo flight test module. At the end of the year is scheduled for launch in which the ISS is scheduled to deliver a payload.